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This Does Not Make It A Green Crawl Space

This does not make it a green crawl space.

This homeowner has sealed his crawl space vents with poly-foam.

Everyone wants to get into the act, and be modern, and chic, and "save the planet."  And he heard somewhere that the "new" trend is to seal crawl spaces and they will magically become "green."

To accomplish that, however, there are lots of criteria to be met.  And minimally sealing the crawl space vents doesn't satisfy even one of them.

You can also see that here the insulation is crushed and reversed so the vapor retarder is facing the wrong direction.

One criteria in the "green" crawl space is the containment of moisture.  Well, that is certainly not accomplished here.  A whole lot goes into that!

Further, one of the vents was not sealed, and even had some sort of a fan placed there.

It was not plugged in.

And I don't know what someone is trying to accomplish here with that fan anyway.

That hose is attached to the backwash discharge tubing in the water softener equipment directly above.  It connects into the main sanitary sewer drain shown in the other photo.

With that huge dip in the hose I expect the backwash function is less than effective.  Maybe he thinks that is a trap!  But that very nice try is info for another post!

My recommendation:  if you are trying to improve the energy efficiency of any house, be sure to research it completely.  Doing things that you "just heard about" may not be the way to go.  The concept of "green" has been watered down and bastardized to the point where now it is almost meaningless.    And sometimes things that are done can be damaging to the home and the living environment inside!  When you do it, do it right!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 18 commentsJay Markanich • October 27 2015 03:34AM

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If the vents were meant to be closed, they wouldn't be there in the first place.   Don't you hate amatuers doing a professional's job.   Like a FSBO, there are inherent problems built in.   Buyer beware.

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - ( NMLS #268590 ), Virginia Mortgage Loan Originator (American National Bank and Trust) almost 3 years ago

There were a few buyer bewares here Deanna.  We'll see where it goes from here!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Jay Markanich This is a little 'Shop of Horrors'. I love the effectiveness of the piping strap, as well!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Jay,

The only green the homeowner is getting is envy!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Jay! So many things wrong! Not even a good use of duct tape! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 3 years ago

Good Tuesday morning Jay. I really feel that there are some gene pools that need to come to an abrupt halt by whatever means that are close at hand! - LOL

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

There was another hose going to a sump pump and it had about 8 holders, so the hose had many ridges and trapped water in it S&N.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Raymond - apparently envious of all the others who are saving the planet.  He had to get in on that.

Wayne - well, it wasn't leaking and we all know duct tape lasts forever.

Michael - not my call, although the gene pool thing is a funny one to control!  Margaret Sanger is coming closer than anybody, however.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

So there's the p-trap!

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) almost 3 years ago

The arrogance of the "green" movement is astounding.

They don't understand the meaning of "You can't fool mother nature."

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 3 years ago

The "P" trap...lol. I had one not that long ago where the guy added on a laundry room and had the dryer discharging into the crawl space, and he had 2 box fans running all the time under there. American Ingenuity! I guess...

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 3 years ago

Whoop, there it is, Stephen!

Lenn - green means more money, and usually more than you recoup.  It is truly a money grab.

Fred - what the dryer giveth the fans take away?  Sounds godly!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Probably a good move not plugging the fan in!  The only green I see is the hose.  Thanks for sharing this. 

Posted by Sandra Thomas (Re/Max Achievers) almost 3 years ago

You can't see me in the photo, Sandra, but I was green with envy.

Or not...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Typical DIY gone very wrong. Just because you hear or read about something doesn't mean you should just go out and do it. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) almost 3 years ago

The point of my blog exactly Nicole.  And people simply have to get in on the current fads!  Usually fads fade to another fad.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Hi Jay - Well, if things don't go well in that crawl space, he might at least get some nice green fungus growing on the pipes and walls.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 3 years ago

Dick - which brings him right in line with the modern, chic and faddish!  Full circle!  May the karma be with him.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

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