Daniel has been part of The Drying Co. Team since 2019. He has a background in installing a variety of insulation materials including fiberglass and spray foam and working in crawl spaces. Daniel is certified in SPF by Lapolla Industries.
Daniel specializes in installing Spray Foam Insulation in attics, basements, crawl spaces, and walls. He enjoys being able to install quality work and deliver solutions to our homeowners that make them more comfortable in their homes, as well as being recognized for a job well done.
This Doswell, VA homeowner reached out to us after noticing issues with their crawl space insulation. Upon inspection we found that the insulation was damaged by moisture and falling away from the floors, there was microbial growth on the floor joists, and signs of moisture infiltration on the liner.
Simply replacing the insulation would mean that the homeowner would incur the same issue in a few years and need to replace the insulation again. We needed to address what was causing the insulation damage. We removed all of the debris and old material, treated the mold and mildew growth with an antimicrobial, installed a CleanSpace Vapor Barrier, air sealed the crawl space, and applied an R-10 of closed-cell spray foam to the foundation walls.
This Bruington, VA client contacted us about repairing moisture damage in their crawl space. Moisture had caused mold and mildew growth, was absorbed in the insulation which held it against the floor joists, the material began to delaminate and fall away from the floor.
All debris and insulation was removed from the crawl space, microbial growth was treated, the vents, sill plate, & rim band were sealed, the foundation walls were insulated with closed cell spray foam insulation and a dehumidifier was installed to control the relative humidity. The homeowners no longer need to worry about moisture damage in their crawl space and have the added benefit of warmer floors in the winter and reduced drafts in the home.
This Henrico, VA client contacted us because they wanted to address the insulation in their crawl space. Moisture had caused damage to the fiberglass insulation and it was sagging and falling to the ground. The unsealed, vented crawl space was allowing moisture to flood in and cause damage to the insulation as well as mold and mildew growth.
The homeowner wanted to not only reinsulate the crawl space, but they also didn't want to do it again in a few years. After reviewing their options, they opted to encapsulate the space. The crawl space was cleaned out and treated with an antimicrobial. Then, a new vapor barrier is installed sealing the crawl space off from the earth's moisture. Our team then air seals the space by blocking and sealing all vents and sealing any penetrations through the foundation wall to the outside.
Next closed-cell spray foam is applied to the foundation walls and rim band. A SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier is installed to control the relative humidity and help prevent future microbial growth. Finally, an interior friction-fit door is installed to air seal and insulate behind the exterior door, and an Everlast exterior crawl space door is installed on the outside.
A homeowner in Henrico, Virginia called us out to insulate and seal their crawl space from any outside influence. We installed a heavy-duty CleanSpace vapor barrier over the dirt floor, wrapped it around all piers, and mechanically fastened it to the foundation walls. This will help to keep the earth's moisture from rising into the area and increasing the relative humidity. We also covered any open vents and applied a spray foam over the foundation walls, which at an inch and a half thick will act as an air barrier and vapor retarder. With the walls and dirt flooring sealed and insulated, the crawl space will be less affected by outside air and moisture.
Moisture causes a lot of damage in crawl spaces. It floods in through open vents, rises from the earth, and seeps in through foundation walls raising the relative humidity in the space. This results in damaged insulation, mold and mildew growth, high energy bills, drafts inside the home, cold floors, and homeowners may notice high humidity and musty odors in the home as well.
We removed the old vapor barrier and debris then sealed the vents, penetrations through the foundation walls to the outside, and the sill plate. Next, a CleanSpace vapor barrier is installed, sealing the crawlspace from the earth. Our technicians then apply closed-cell spray foam to the foundation walls and rim band. Finally, a new crawl space door is installed.
This Midlothian, VA homeowner contacted us because they were noticing odors in their home. Upon inspection of the home, we found that the crawl space had moisture infiltration which led to high relative humidity as well as mildew and mold growth on the floor joists and paper backing of fiberglass insulation. The musty, mildew odors were rising into the home and irritating the homeowners.
We cleaned out the crawl space, treated the mold and mildew growth with an antimicrobial, and began the process of sealing the space. We want to keep as much outside air and moisture out of the crawl space as possible. We achieve this by installing CleanSpace, a heavy-duty crawl space liner that is sealed at all seams, and mechanically fastened and sealed to piers and walls 6-8 inches above outside grade. All vents, the rim and band, and sill plate are all sealed and all penetrations through the foundation wall to the outside are sealed as well. Then we installed closed cell spray foam on the foundation walls leaving a 2-inch viewing strip at the top of the foundation wall for termite inspections. After keeping as much outside moisture and air out of the crawl space as possible, we installed a Sanidry Sedona Dehumidifier to control relative humidity.
This will help to prevent future microbial growth in the crawl space and those musty, mildewy odors from rising into the home.
The original crawl space door on this home was a piece of ply-wood that had been damaged by weather over time. It was waterlogged and rotting, and because it didn't have a seal it didn't prevent pests or outside air and moisture from entering the crawl space.
We installed a new crawl space door that will not warp, rust, or rot and is HOA friendly. Behind this door, is a friction-fit door that insulates and air seals behind the exterior door.
This Williamsburg, VA homeowner has been a lot of heat exchange between their knee wall spaces and the rooms on the other side of the knee wall. This leaves them with rooms that they can't cool down in the summer and that is cold and drafty in the winter. The spaces are also home to ductwork which is impacted by the extreme temperatures making it even harder to heat and cool the living space.
We applied closed cell spray foam to the attic rafters and gable ends of the knee wall spaces. This will help with the heat radiating through the roof and heating the area up. This will protect the ductwork from extreme temperatures as well, leaving the homeowner with more comfortable rooms.
Poorly insulated knee wall spaces leave homeowners experiencing cold, drafty rooms in the winter and hot rooms they can never seem to cool down in the summer. Often, the only protection between a knee wall space and the living space is fiberglass insulation in the knee wall. However, it's ineffective because it's almost never closed in on all sides, provides no air sealing, and when knee wall spaces are home to ductwork, it doesn't help protect the ductwork from extreme temperatures.
In these cases, we insulate the attic rafters and gable ends of the knee wall space with closed-cell insulation. This helps to reduce the extreme conditions in the knee wall space that impact the living space making it uncomfortable by reducing the conditioned air loss from the living space to the unconditioned attic knee wall space and the heat transfer from the attic space into the living space.
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.