Chris has been part of The Drying Co. Team since 2010. Prior to joining the team, he spent several years working in general construction. He specializes in installing Spray Polyurethane Foam in commercial and residential applications. His certifications include; CPR, Lift & Scaffold Trained, and High & Low-Pressure Foam Installation.
Chris’ daily responsibilities include assessing a job before beginning to ensure the area is prepped and the material will adhere properly. He is an active problem solver, and his years of experience in construction and installing Spray Foam allow him to assess and resolve any challenges he faces on the job. He works with job supervisors and homeowners to review work and complete projects safely and efficiently. Some of his favorite aspects of his job is the professional work environment and family atmosphere.
In his free time, Chris enjoys golfing, going to the beach, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
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This Richmond, VA homeowner contacted us because they noticed moisture issues in their crawl space that they wanted to be addressed. At our inspection, we found microbial growth on the floor joists, no vapor barrier covering the ground, and falling, damaged insulation.
Once the homeowner's belongings were removed, we cleaned all of the debris out of the crawl space and treated the microbial growth. We then sealed all the vents and air sealed the sill plate and all penetrations through the foundation walls to the outside. Next, our team rolled out a heavy-duty vapor barrier called CleanSpace, it was attached to the foundation walls, wrapped and sealed around all piers, and overlapped and sealed at all seams to seal the crawl space off from the earth's moisture. Now, the space is ready to be insulated with closed-cell spray foam on the foundation walls and in the rim band. Then a dehumidifier will be installed to control the relative humidity.
Keeping air carrying moisture out and controlling the relative humidity in the space will help to prevent future moisture damage in the crawl space. It also creates a clean dry storage space for the homeowners and will help to keep their floors warmer in the winter and can even reduce energy bills.
Closed Cell Spray Foam installed in a Standston, VA shed.
Moisture infiltration in this Midlothian, VA crawl space has resulted in damaged and fallen insulation and microbial growth. In the living space, the homeowner is experiencing cold floors and drafts in the winter and humidity in the warmer months.
All of the debris and old, damaged material is cleaned out of the space. The vents, and any penetrations through the foundation wall to the outside are sealed. Then a CleanSpace vapor barrier is installed. The vapor barrier is overlapped and sealed at all seams, attached to the foundation wall, and wrapped and sealed around all piers. Next, our spray foam technicians will apply closed-cell spray foam insulation to the foundation walls, insulate the rim band, and install a dehumidifier to control the relative humidity.
We replaced the 6-mil vapor barrier in this crawl space with a 20-mil CleanSpace vapor barrier. CleanSpace is overlapped and sealed at all seams, wrapped and sealed around all piers, and attached to the foundation walls about 6 inches above outside grade.
Sealing the crawl space off from the earth's moisture helps to prevent water vapor from the earth from rising into the space and increasing the relative humidity.
This crawl space had moisture issues and the homeowner complained about the floor creaking. We found that the crawl space had moisture entering through open crawl space vents, the exposed earth, and through porous block walls.
The homeowner opted to seal the crawl space, remove the old vapor barrier and insulation, install a new vapor barrier and seal it at the seams and along foundation walls, sealing all vents, and insulating the foundation walls with closed-cell spray foam. And finally, a SaniDry Sedona Dehumidifier was installed. This system helps to seal the crawl space from outside influence including moisture, which had caused much of the damage in the crawl space. The dehumidifier controls the relative humidity, helping to prevent future mold growth.
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.
Moisture has been wreaking havoc in this crawl space for years resulting in damage to the fiberglass insulation, mold/mildew growth on the floor joists, and poor indoor air quality.
All of the old and damaged materials have been cleaned out, mold and mildew were treated with antimicrobial, all vents were sealed, a heavy-duty vapor barrier installed, Spray Foam insulation was applied to the crawl space walls, a friction fit crawl space door is installed, the rim band and sill plate are sealed, and a dehumidifier is installed to control the relative humidity in the crawl space and help prevent future microbial growth.
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.
Mold and mildew have grown on many of the wooden materials in this crawl space, such as the floor joists. This occurs on organic materials when the relative humidity reaches over 60% during warmer temperatures. Musty odors and mold spores can rise into the home above and irritate those with allergies and asthma. We applied an antimicrobial, called Shockwave, to the affected areas, which will eliminate mold growth but does not remove any staining left behind from the growth.
One of the reasons the relative humidity has been elevated can be attributed to the fact that the crawl space floor is not covered by any type of liner or vapor barrier. This allows the earth's moisture to rise into the crawl space and affects not only the relative humidity but the environment. We installed our 10-mil CleanSpace Light vapor barrier over the dirt flooring of the crawl space, wrapped it around all piers, sealed it with vinyl tape, and mechanically fastened it to the foundation walls six to eight inches above outside grade. This will help protect the crawl space from any moisture rising from the ground.
This client is turning a horse trailer into a tiny home and wanted to insulate the ceiling with closed cell spray foam. We installed an R-12 of insulation on the roof of this trailer.
This Chesapeake, VA client has been experiencing high energy bills and sweating ductwork in their attic. They chose to insulate the attic from the rafters with Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation. This brings the HVAC into the conditioned living space and helps to protect the ductwork from the extreme temperatures of the attic allowing it to perform better. Not only does air sealing and insulating the attic reduce conditioned air loss, but it also reduces energy bills and helps to make the home more comfortable.