Re-insulating an open crawlspace with ductwork
The rigid insulation in our crawl spaces was removed after hurricane Sandy (flooding 12-13" over the first floor) and it was suggested that we use closed cell foam as a replacement defense against the next flood. The foam would encapsulate all the ducts and pipes under the house (new but slight rust showing from the recent flood) and the UF wiring. We are installing larger valves to open when the flood returns and again goes over the registers in the house floor. The replacement flooring will be oak on 3/4" "Advantech" sub-flooring. (We cannot raise the house at this time.)
Is that a good idea? We worry about future access to ducts, pipes and wiring.
Thanks to any advice giver!
This question may be better suited for an encapsulation expert, not heating and air guys.
I did a crawl space encapsulation project with one time, it was not a fun job, but I made sure it was done right.
I applied a plastic liner all over the entire floor area, and went up half way up the concrete block wall, then hired a company spray Icynene to the concrete block, we did not spray the joist.
Lots of time you leave the floor joist open because the only thing you need to spray is the outside walls, but even if you spray them, you can easily remove the foam from the area you need to work on.
Plastic on the earth, sealing vents to the outside, and rigid foam on the walls is best long term. Accessability to the mechanics are best this way. Dehumidification to maintain <60%RH is suggested to eliminate any mold growth during times of high outdoor dew points.
Originally Posted by NY2GA01
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