Is Old Crawl Space Butyl Tape Reusable?

Q: What happens to butyl tape when you replace the vapor barrier in a few years? Is old butyl tape reusable for the new vapor barrier? Would I have to apply a new strip of butyl tape under or over the currently installed rubberized butyl tape? A: I don’t recommend using old butyl tape if…

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Should I Remove Wood Touching Dirt Floor

Should you remove old wood touching concrete or dirt floor in a crawl space or basement? Is it a termite attractor? “I have a house built in 1947 that’s on the water in Long Island, NY. There are old wood planks (2×4) in the middle of the main area of the foundation floor. Wondering if…

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Avoid These Waterproofing Mistakes in a Crawl Space

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I know a list of 15 waterproofing mistakes made in a crawl space seems a bit extreme, but I wanted to share the mistakes we see homeowners and contractors make when fixing a flooded crawl space. Keep in mind many of these mistakes are made from cheapness or corner cutting and should be avoided. If…

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Effect of High Water Table on Your Home

The effect of a high water table on your home can be seen in the crawl space, basement, interior walls and doors, and even the roof if you know what to look for. Many homes are affected by the water table at such a subtle pace that it can go unnoticed for years. Sometimes the…

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A Quiet Crawl Space Fan Solution

Many crawl space fans can be noisy. We offer a quiet crawl space fan solution that homeowners find is a better option without the noise. Crawl space fans tend to rattle due to the materials they are made with. Plus, the way the foundation vent fan must be installed can create a vibration that can…

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Exterior Drainage – Hydraway vs French Drain

When waterproofing your home using exterior drainage options, many choose the french drain. But is there something better? Homes will take on water more frequently when the exterior drainage system has failed to perform as intended. Over the years, footer drains, french drains, curtain drains, and downspout extensions get clogged. The clogging disables the yard’s…

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Crawl Space Humidity Solutions

Installing humidity solutions in your crawl space is a great way to prevent mold and keep moisture from becoming a problem. The problem is everyone has a different opinion on how to control crawl space humidity. Some say to add more fans or vents while others say to just install a vapor barrier. We have…

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Crawl Space Insulation Tax Credits for 2022 & 2023

The federal government does offer some tax credits for insulation and other energy efficiency improvements in the home. Unfortunately, Crawl Space Ninja does not have the lobbying power to get tax credits approved specifically for crawl space encapsulation or basement waterproofing. But, there are several federal and local tax credits you should be aware of…

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How to Fix Bouncing Floors

Bouncing floors are annoying. Hearing your dishes clang together when you walk by a curio cabinet sends chills up my back. I may be weird but if I hear a rattle in my car, I have to stop and fix it. Okay, maybe your sensitivity¬†to annoying noises is not as bad as mine, but fixing…

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