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Exterior Drainage – Hydraway vs French Drain

By Michael Church | February 22, 2023

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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8 Ways Crawl Space Encapsulation May Boost Your Home’s Value

By Michael Church | February 15, 2023

For owners whose homes have a crawl space, the main issue they have to deal with in that part of the house is moisture. Crawl spaces are notorious for their vulnerability to moisture and all the other problems caused by excessive moisture in any space, such as mold. Problems in the crawl space can pose…

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Crawl Space Humidity Solutions

By Michael Church | February 8, 2023

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

By Michael Church | February 1, 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

By Michael Church | January 25, 2023

Bouncing floors are annoying. Hearing dishes clang together when I 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 repairing…

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Can I Insulate Foundation Walls of Vented Crawl Space?

By Michael Church | January 18, 2023

When is it best to insulate the foundation walls of your crawl space? Can you insulate the walls of a vented crawl space? Recently, we received this question on our Ask-a-Ninja page. If you have a question, please let us know. Q: What would be the problem if we did wall insulation and kept some…

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Effect of Condensation in Crawl Spaces

By Michael Church | January 11, 2023

Crawl space condensation is a huge source of moisture and mold damage. Ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. Doing nothing only allows it to get worse. In this article, I will discuss what is condensation. Why is your crawl space full of moisture. Best way to eliminate crawl space moisture forever. What is Condensation?…

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Waterproofing Your Home in Clay Soil

By Michael Church | January 4, 2023

Waterproofing the crawl space or basement in clay soil can be difficult. Clay is an expansive soil that can even damage the foundation. It is estimated that clay expansive soil is responsible for damaging the foundation of 1 in 4 homes. The problem is clay soil is everywhere. There is no getting away from it.…

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