Mohammed has been part of The Drying Co. team since 2017. He began working in the Production department learning to install our products and solutions. After a year, he became one of our Home Performance Advisors and has taken great pride in helping customers achieve their goals.
In 2004 Mohammed served as a Translator for the U.S. Army during the Iraq War. In 2012, he came to Williamsburg, VA to visit and fell in love with the area. He has since become a U.S. Citizen. He says his time as a Translator has taught him a lot about communication and active listening. He later worked as a Certified Maintenance Technician for Honda, which has made him more mechanically inclined and allows him to dissect problems to determine the root cause and develop a solution.
He joined The Drying Co. team when some of his friends joined the company. He had a background in construction and manufacturing and wanted to build upon that knowledge. “The Drying Co. has provided training and support tools that I can use in my daily work and my academic studies.” Mohammed’s day to day position includes listening to customer’s concerns and goals, inspecting their attics, basements, and crawl spaces for insulation, water infiltration, and air leakage.
“I like meeting different people every day and helping to provide them with the right solution to make them happy and comfortable in their home.” Mohammed is always eager to go the extra mile and help customers. He says he is proud to work with The Drying Co. because of “constant growth and success, integrity and having a great team to work with.” He would tell any potential applicant that if they want to work as part of a team and be recognized and appreciated every day then they want to be part of The Drying Co.
In his free time, Mohammed is an Undergrad Student taking online courses in Business, enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, walking the dogs, and taking care of their home.
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Before encapsulating this crawl space, we treated the joists with an antimicrobial called Shockwave. This product is a hospital-grade antimicrobial designed to kill the mold and mildew growth.
We met this homeowner at a home show, where they asked us to come to inspect their crawl space because they were interested in encapsulating it due to moisture and mildew-mold concerns. This section of the crawl space is under an addition. The vapor barrier is unsealed, allowing moisture to rise from the ground and contribute to high relative humidity. Microbial growth is beginning on the floor joists and the fiberglass insulation is beginning to sag and fall.
The old materials have been removed, vents sealed, and the sill plate and rim band have been sealed as well. The CleanSpace vapor barrier has been installed with all seams overlapped and sealed. The moisture barrier is also run up the walls 6-8 inches above outside grade. The walls are prepped for spray foam insulation to be applied.
The conditioned space shared with these knee walls was sweltering in the summer and freezing in the winter due to sharing a wall with an unconditioned attic space. We installed insulation in the wall cavities and covered it with Tyvec to create an air barrier and better insulate the wall. We also installed insulation on the floor of the space to prevent air loss from the room below.
This homeowner contacted us with concerns about the joists in their crawl space. At the inspection, we found damaged and falling insulation, mold growing on the floor joists, and high humidity. To mitigate the problems under the home, and prevent them from reoccurring, we sealed the crawl space. The space was cleaned out, the mold was remediated, then we installed a new vapor barrier, sealed all the vents, rim & band, sill plate, and any holes through the foundation to outside. Next, we installed insulation on the foundation walls and installed a dehumidifier to regulate the relative humidity and protect the home from moisture damage.
6-mil vapor barriers are most commonly installed when a home is built, they are lightweight, similar to a standard trash bag, they tear easily, and are simply laid out on the ground. As soon as someone or something moves through the crawl space, the liner is displaced, torn, and bunched up, offering very little protection to the home from the earth's moisture.
Our homeowner opted to replace this 6mil with a CleanSpace 20-mil vapor barrier. This liner is similar to a pool liner, it's durable enough for service persons to crawl and work under the home, is overlapped and sealed at all seams, wrapped and sealed around all piers, and attached and sealed to the foundation walls about 6 inches above outside grade. It completely seals the crawl space from the earth's moisture, achieving the job vapor barriers are intended to do.
Moving the crawl space insulation from between the floor joists to the foundation walls extends the thermal boundary of the home to the floor of the crawl space. Along with insulating the rim and band, this helps to reduce drafts and cold floors.
Foam Board is installed by mechanically attaching it to the foundation walls leaving a viewing strip at the top of the foundation wall per building code for termite inspections. All seams of the foam board are sealed to create an air barrier.
This Williamsburg crawl space had high relative humidity, falling insulation, mold growth, and a failing vapor barrier. The old insulation, vapor barrier, and debris were removed. We then applied Mold X-2 to kill the mold, installed a new vapor barrier, applied spray foam insulation to the walls, and installed a SaniDry Sedona Dehumidifier to control the relative humidity.
This crawl space has a full-size door as an entry, this creates a large gap in the insulation on the crawl space walls, and it is not airtight. Regardless of how large the crawl space door is, this is always a concern when encapsulating. This is why we always installed a custom friction fit door behind every exterior crawl space door. It meets code by filling the gap and ensuring a continuous R-10 of insulation on the crawl space walls and also air seals. Keeping as much air carrying moisture as possible out of the crawl space.
The old crawl space door has warped and doesn't fit neatly over the access, making it easy for small critters and pests to find their way in.
An interior friction fit door that offers an R-10 of insulation was installed behind the new Crawl space door. The new door will not rust, rot, warp or fade, and meets most HOA requirements.
This Dewitt, VA crawl space is encapsulated with a 20-mil CleanSpace vapor barrier, closed-cell spray foam, a SaniDry Sedona Dehumidifier, R-11 along the perimeter of the crawl space, and an Everlast Crawl Space door.