Ed has been part of The Drying Co. team since 2018. He has a background in construction and is a third generation home builder having constructed over 1,000 energy efficient homes from Greater Richmond to Hampton, VA. His Certifications include being a Class A Contractor.
Ed’s background has given him an understanding of all types of buildings from commercial properties to historical restorations. This experience allows him a comprehensive understanding of building construction and building science. Coupled with his passion for solving problems, Ed is able to listen to a homeowner’s concerns and goals and find the root of the symptoms to provide a long-term solution.
He enjoys facing new challenges every day, with the understanding that no home is exactly like another. He enjoys his continued growth through weekly training at our office and outside training on building science and best practices for home energy efficiency. He is proud to be “part of a team of down to earth people, who put the customer first every day.” He would tell any potential applicants that “this is a company who knows how to fix problems, with plenty of experience doing so and a commitment to customer service.”
In his free time, Ed enjoys spending time with his family, Tournament Bass Fishing, and is the Owner/Crew Chief for his son’s racing team in NASCAR Whelen All American Series.
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The ground cover in this crawl space was a 6-mil, a similar thickness to a trash bag, it is easily ripped and displaced. Because it is unsealed and has tears, the 6-mil ground cover allows moisture from the earth to affect the crawl space raising the relative humidity, damaging insulation, and causing microbial growth.
After removing the 6-mil, we installed a 20-mil heavy-duty vapor barrier called CleanSpace, and is similar to the thickness of a pool liner. CleanSpace has a built-in Antimicrobial called UltraFresh. When we install the vapor barrier, we overlap and seal all seams, seal the liner to the walls 6-8 inches above outside grade, and wrap and seal all piers. By sealing the CleanSpace at all of these points, we are able to isolate the crawl space from the earth's moisture.
Utility lines in a vented crawl space are often affected by outside air carrying in moisture. Sealing vents, installing the CleanSpace Encapsulation System and insulating the crawl space walls with Spray Foam will help control the flow of air carrying moisture into the crawl space.
As the insulation acts as a sponge, it holds moisture against the wood joists raising the moisture content of the joists. Mold requires organic material, warm temperatures, and relative humidity above 60% to grow. Often we see mold growing on the paper backing of the insulation and on wood joists in the crawl space. As the moisture content in the joists increases, the probability for wood rot becomes more likely. Once the joists reach 19% moisture wood rot begins. An antimicrobial called Shockwave is sprayed onto the joists to kill the mold. Once the encapsulation is complete and the dehumidifier is installed it will be set to turn on before the humidity in the crawl space reaches 60% (The ideal point for mold to grow). The Encapsulation system will help prevent ideal conditions for mold to grow from occurring and make the home healthier and more comfortable.
The standard vapor barrier that is installed in the crawl space during construction is a flimsy 6-mil liner that is easily torn apart by any service persons, rodents, and pests who crawl on top of it. This ineffective vapor barrier does not get properly sealed around the piers or foundation walls. Moisture from the earth floor rises into the crawl space through these gaps, adding to the relative humidity if the temperature rises.
CleanSpace is a 20-mil thick vapor barrier that completely seals off the home from the earth’s moisture. It is wrapped around the piers and sealed to the foundation walls using a 4” wide vinyl tape. Moisture rising from the ground is not able to penetrate the CleanSpace liner, adding to the total control of relative humidity in the crawl space.
The open vents allow moisture and outside air into the crawl space. This makes it extremely difficult to control the overall relative humidity underneath a home. The dry winter air entering the vents will cause the floors above to feel cold and drafts, as well as raising the energy costs to keep the house comfortable. And in the summer, the wet, hot air will carry moisture into the crawl space, raising the relative humidity and allowing mold and mildew to thrive.
The foundation walls of this crawl space have been sprayed over, using a closed-cell spray foam that provides not only insulation but blockage from outside air moisture, while the open vents were sealed with foam board and covered in the same closed-cell spray foam. When closed-cell spray is applied at 1.5” thickness, it acts as an air barrier and vapor retarder. Sealing off the outside air and moisture provides the homeowner with more control over the relative humidity in the crawl space.
The insulation in this crawl space beginning to pull apart and fall to the floor. Fiberglass insulation is not meant to hold moisture, and it loses its value when it becomes damp. Water droplets displace the air in the spaces between the glass fibers, reducing the material's thermal abilities. The wet insulation fibers pull apart and the added weight of moisture causes it to sag and even fall to the crawl space floor, rendering it useless.
Most crawl spaces in our area, like this Chester, VA home have fiberglass insulation between the floor joists. However, this is not an effective solution in our area due to high humidity and warm temperatures over half of the year resulting in high relative humidity, falling insulation, and microbial growth. So instead, the foundation walls were insulated using closed-cell spray foam which acts as an air barrier and vapor retarder, while the home was sealed from the earth’s moisture with CleanSpace, a heavy-duty vapor barrier. The foundation vents were sealed with Foamax foam board and covered over with closed-cell spray foam. Not only does all this protect the crawl space from moisture, with the addition of a dehumidifier it helps control the relative humidity, improves air quality, and reduces energy bills.
The old vapor barrier in this crawl space was not effective. It was loose and unfastened to the walls or wrapped around piers and did not protect the crawl space from the earth's moisture. The vapor barrier was replaced with the CleanSpace Encapsulation System. CleanSpace is a 20mil vapor barrier with UltraFresh antimicrobial built-in. It is durable for service persons to crawl on without worry of tearing. CleanSpace is wrapped around and sealed to all piers and sealed to the crawl space walls 6-8 inches above outside grade.
The exterior access to this crawl space was in good shape. However, it was uninsulated and it was not air tight. This means it allowed heat to radiate in and warm humid air to flow into the crawl space. We installed an interior friction fit door behind the access door. The interior door provides an R-10 of insulation and air seals behind the crawl space access. This seals a big hole that adversely impacts the crawl space otherwise.