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Hurricane Protection

Hurricane Protection

Flooding and Storm Surge
Know if you are in an area that can potentially flood and be prepared. Don’t go into flood or storm surge waters. These are a drowning risk and can sweep you away. There are also invisible dangers such as hidden obstacles and health hazards from contamination in the water.

Stay Inside
Stay put indoors unless it is absolutely necessary. If you must travel, have your evacuation route planned out and don’t drive through flood waters.

Keep Updated
Use media such as your local weather station or social media to track storm and hurricane updates. This will keep you informed of the storm’s path and intensity, as well as when it may be safe to emerge and alert you on important evacuation information.

Know How to Turn Off Your Utilities
Gas and electrical fires are a major cause of property damage during storms. Make sure to turn off your utilities if you evacuate your home.

Be Ready
In the event of an evacuation, have a plan in place such that your family and pets are ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Make sure you have any food, baby formula, diapers, and pet carriers set up or packed in advance.

Additional Resources

The last thing you want is for a storm to leave permanent damage on your home. Flooding, storm surge, and intensive hurricane rain and wind can weaken the structural integrity of your home, and standing water left behind by a flood creates the ideal environment for mold, mildew, and wood rotting fungus to grow. Our home solutions can help after a storm and can prevent damage in the first place. Get a free inspection and estimate from Tar Heel Basement Systems so that you know your home is safe. Our mission is to protect, repair, and improve our customer’s greatest asset – their home.

Scholarship

Tar Heel Basement Systems gives back to the community with scholarships

Building Solid Foundations Scholarship

*Purpose: To redefine the construction industry by empowering our youth to seek careers within the construction field and challenge industry standards!

*A local high school student will receive a $1500 scholarship towards college/university that offers a Construction Industry focused curriculum/program.

To be considered, an applicant:

  • Must be currently enrolled in 11th or 12th grade.
  • Must attend school in the Triad community of North Carolina, which includes the following counties: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin.

In addition:

  • Winning student must be willing to participate in press release and media engagements announcing the award, including (but not limited to) photo, video & written news releases.
  • Duplicate entries will not improve a candidate’s odds of selection.
  • The judges will base their decisions solely on the information provided within the email submissions.
  • Please provide detailed information so the judges can give the applicant full consideration.
  • Deadline for application 1/19/18.
  • Recipient will be selected & notified on 1/31/18.

To be considered, please submit the following information:

*By submitting this information to Tar Heel Basement Systems, applicants agree and allow Tar Heel Basement Systems to share with the public.

Tar Heel Basement Systems and the American Heart Association team up for annual heart walk

Tar Heel Basement Systems and the American Heart Association team up for annual heart walk

Tar Heel Basement Systems and the American Heart Association team up for annual heart walk    The American Heart Association hosts many walks across the U.S. as a part of their “Healthy for Good” campaign. This year, Tar Heel Basement Systems is sponsoring the 2017 Winston-Salem Heart & Stroke Walk and launching their “Home is Where the Heart is” campaign.  As part of the company’s community outreach mission, this annual walk and fundraiser is a great reminder to get involved, get outside and get moving!

The walk and festivities will be held on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter of Bailey Park near downtown Winston Salem.  The walk itself will be down Research Parkway and has 1, 2 and 4-mile options along the route. There will also be a lot of fun activities going on in Sponsorship Village (Bailey Park), including a kid zone with games and inflatables. This is also a dog-friendly event and after the walk, there will be a “Pooch Parade” across the main stage in Bailey Park. There will also be a food truck rally with healthy options and then a free concert in the park.

Dozens of our employees have already signed up with their spouses, family members, and children Joining the expected 7,000 walkers! Our donation goal as a team is to raise $2,500 which we feel is attainable and hopefully, we can surpass that!  We will have a company tent set up in Sponsorship Village where you can meet our team, get some cool sponsor items, and information on how to make your home healthier. We also have a fun football toss game that we have donated to the kid zone.  If you would like to Join our team or just donate to help us reach our goal, visit our Heart Walk team page here.

The money contributed to the walk and fundraising efforts by teams and sponsors like us goes to the American Heart Association to fund research projects and life-saving education.  If you would like to know more about the AHA and their Healthy for Good movement, visit their website.

 

WINSTON SALEM HEART & STROKE WALK 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Festivities Begin: 8:30 am

Walk Begins: 10 am

Live music, dog parade, and food trucks after the walk!

 

About Tar Heel Basement Systems

As an industry leading company in basement waterproofing, crawlspace encapsulation, slab and foundation repair, we strive to improve the lives of everyone we encounter.   Healthy homes go hand in hand with a healthy heart!  Want to make your home healthy? – Learn more.

Survival Kit Drive To Support Local Area Homeless

Survival Kit Drive To Support Local Area Homeless

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, roughly 11% of the adult homeless population are veterans. Being a veteran-owned small business, Tar Heel Basement Systems wanted to make an impact not only on homeless veterans but others in the community suffering from homelessness. Survival Kit Drive To Support Local Area Homeless

Tar Heel Basement Systems is known for being the “Hero in Your Home” and providing homeowners with peace of mind when it comes to their basement, crawl space, foundation and concrete slab concerns. With the hope to become the community’s “hero for the homeless,“ Tar Heel Basement Systems will be collecting some of the essential items that many of us take for granted and packing “survival kits” to hand out to the homeless. The goal is to make over 100 survival kits to donate.

We are partnering with three local shelters to donate our supplies to- Lenoir Emergency Outreach Shelter, Asheboro Shelter of Hope and Chapel Hill/Durham’s Housing for New Hope. Each shelter provides a bed, shower access and various required programs which help those in need of finding Jobs, stability, and permanent housing. The survival kits that our team donate will be filled with basic toiletry and hygiene items because unfortunately when those in need come to the shelters, they often don’t have any of life’s daily hygiene supplies.

The supply drive is currently underway until the end of October. For those interested in donating, items can be dropped off at 2910 Griffith Rd. Winston Salem 27103. Supplies will be dropped off at the beginning of November to the designated shelters.

Most needed travel-sized items: 

-Quart size bags

-Shampoo

-Body wash

-Toothbrushes

-Toothpaste

-Combs

-Razors

-Deodorant

 

 

Cooler Weather Brings Creepy Critters

As the cooler weather approaches and the grass begins to frost over, creepy crawlers and unwanted pests are looking to seek shelter. Your vented, damp and dirt crawl space is the perfect location to call home! Open crawl space vents, foundation cracks, piping, and unsealed entry doors allow these creepy critters to easily access your crawl space. basement bugs

Pests love the moisture in your crawl space. Termites can easily access damp wood, making it their food buffet. Spiders love crawl spaces because they eat other bugs and there are usually plenty of them in a damp, dirt crawl space. Mice and rats are able to access your fiberglass insulation, making it the perfect nesting material. Snakes and other cold-blooded animals also love your crawl space. And when it’s time to die, your dirt crawl space is often the place where the decomposition process takes place.

But what about a creepy critter you can’t see? Dust mites are the number one indoor allergen that people with asthma and allergies react to. These microscopic parasites live off skin flakes that you shed! They live in your bedding, carpet, and furniture. Dust mite droppings are tiny and float in the air, where they can be breathed and aggravate allergies and asthma.

Dust mites don’t drink water but absorb it from the air. They need over 50% relative humidity to live. While dust mites may not directly live in your crawl space, they like your crawl space. Why? It’s very difficult to keep your house dry when you have an unsealed dirt crawl space underneath it. It’s the life-giving humidity that allows dust mites to thrive upstairs.

What is the best way to prevent unwanted pests? By having your crawl space sealed by a reliable, reputable and professional company.

Don’t Let Seasonal Changes Hide Trip Hazards Around Your Home

Unlevel Concrete driveway before and after Polyrenewal injection

With autumn making a presence throughout the region, leaves have already begun to change and fall from the trees. Uneven sidewalks, driveways, patios and pool decks could pose a liability concern as these trip hazards can become hidden by the fall foliage.

Why Should You Fix Your Sinking, Unlevel Concrete Slab? Unlevel Concrete driveway before and after Polyrenewal injection

  • The problem will only get worse. Once a slab has cracked and begins sinking, it simply won’t get better with time. In fact, the problem will worsen, resulting in a more costly solution.
  • Resale Value. Who wants to buy a home with an unlevel driveway, a stoop pulling away from the house or floors that are cracked and sinking? No one.
  • Appearance. Concrete that is out of level can often cause ugly cracks not only in the slab itself but also in any structure that sits on top of the slab, such as brick, drywall, plaster, etc.
  • Safety. Have you ever been walking and suddenly tripped on a sidewalk or section of concrete that was a different level than the rest? Those trip hazards can be dangerous and open your property up to unwanted liability.
  • Water Intrusion. Cracks in a concrete slab allow elements from the outside, inside. Cracks let water in, or at the very least, moisture, which can damage your living space in a variety of ways.
  • Pooling Water. As concrete settles and cracks, it creates a perfect environment for water to pool. What happens to that pooled water when it becomes cold outside? Ice forms, causing more safety and liability concerns.
  • Structural Damage. As a concrete slab begins to settle, the structure above will crack and settle as well. This can cause doors to stick, windows to bind, and other structural damages throughout your home.

Sometimes living with the problem for so long makes it seem like the problem really isn’t there–until something happens. With family gatherings and holidays on the horizon, ensure your home’s trip hazards are taken care of, the correct way. Learn more about a concrete lifting foam that can fix these problems for good in less than a day.

Fall Has Arrived in Chilhowie Virginia

The quaint town of Chilhowie, Virginia hosts their annual Chilhowie Community Apple Festival every September. The festival began in the early 1950’s as a way to improve the town and provide farmers and local businesses a way to increase exposure and gain revenue while remaining a family friendly event. Of course apples are a staple crop to the area, hence the name of the festival. Each fall as the air turns a bit cooler the apples are ready for harvest.

Today, the Chilhowie Community Apple Festival has certainly grown over the years into an annual event that the town and surrounding areas cannot wait to attend! There is something for each member of the family. All of the funds raised for the festival are distributed back into the community to help keep the blossoming town growing.

Wanting to support the local community and town, Tar Heel Basement Systems will be a participating vendor at this year’s festival! Brand Ambassador, Jessica, will be present– providing attendees with information and educational literature regarding their home’s basement, crawl space, foundation or slab concerns. You can even sign-up for a free estimate appointment while attending the festival. Look for the bright yellow tent and you’ve found us!

Chilhowie Community Apple Festival

Friday, September 22nd: 10am-6pm

Saturday, September 23rd: 9am-6pm

Sunday, September 24th: 12:30pm-6pm

 

 

Is Your Basement Hurricane Ready?

Is your basement or crawl space ready for hurricane season?

Your basement is in an imperfect structure built into or below the ground. When flash floods and hurricanes hit our state and region, the soils have a hard time absorbing so much water, allowing the water to flow beside your home’s foundation and eventually making its way into your basement. Is your basement or crawl space ready for hurricane season?

Your home is one of your biggest investments both financially and emotionally, that is why you deserve peace of mind that your basement will be able to weather the storm and stay dry.

There are a few steps a homeowner should take to ensure their basement will remain dry:

Gutters

By keeping your gutters and downspouts cleaned regularly, this will help eliminate some of the rain falling near your foundation. However, this option alone won’t eliminate water intrusion into your basement.

Drainage System

Not just any drainage system around your home will work. While your home is required to have an exterior french drain along the perimeter, there is no way of servicing that drain or knowing when it will fail, making it a guessing game for you. Your basement needs a reliable drainage system that can be serviced at any time by the company who installed it or the homeowners. The system should also be resistant to clogging.

Sump Pump

Now that all groundwater has been channeled, the water will need a way to be removed, this is through a reliable sump pumping system that safely removes intruding water and pumps it away from the home. The sump pump should come with an airtight lid, preventing water vapor from escaping back into the basement and offer a batter backup solution to ensure your basement will remain dry during a power outage.

Dehumidifier

Keeping relative humidity low is key to preventing mold growth in your basement. Your basement needs a dehumidification system that can empty itself and has a built-in humidistat, saving you money so the system is not running constantly.

Warranty

All of the waterproofing products installed in your home should come with a reliable warranty and be installed by a professional company that specializes in waterproofing.

Product Servicing

To keep your basement dry all of the time, each component of your basement’s waterproofing system should be serviced annually. The company who installed your waterproofing system should have a dedicated Service Department that can be reached at any time.

Whether your basement is a finished space in your home or just an unfinished storage area, finding water taking over your space and your home is always devastating. You deserve a reliable company to provide you with peace of mind and a dry basement.

 

School Supply Drive to Support the Educator Warehouse in Winston Salem

School Supply Drive to Support the Educator Warehouse in Winston Salem

The National Education Association recently released a report that ranks North Carolina 35th in the nation for teacher pay and is projected to be ranked 43rd in the nation in per-pupil spending. This disheartening news is what lead Tar Heel Basement Systems to select the Educator Warehouse as the focus of its annual school supply drive this year.

School Supply Drive to Support the Educator Warehouse in Winston Salem

Each year, the company and its employees donate hundreds of school supplies to a local nonprofit organization or school in need. After speaking to community members and learning about this lack of funding, THBS decided it was important to help our teachers. According to the WSFCS website, the Educator Warehouse is a collaboration of Forsyth Education Partnership, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Council of PTAs and WS/FCS. At this facility teachers ‘shop’ thousands of donated items for use in their classrooms. Donations come from local businesses, organizations, and individuals. 

Tar Heel Basement Systems has proudly donated close to 1000 school supplies each year. The goal is to surpass 1000 items for the Triad teachers and students. The drive is underway so if you are interested in donating to the cause, please drop off school supplies at 2910 Griffith Rd., Winston Salem 27103. Supplies will be delivered to the Educator Warehouse on September 5th.

Everything from gently-used office supplies to new crayons and markers is needed and appreciated.  Suggested donations include:

CLASSROOM AND OFFICE SUPPLIES

  • Paper—all colors, sizes, and types
  • Pens, pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters, dry erase markers
  • Scissors, glue, pencil sharpeners and erasers, pencil boxes & pouches
  • Kleenex, wet wipes, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer
  • Post-it/sticky notes, composition notebooks, sheet protectors, & pocket folders
  • Staplers, tape dispensers, binder clips, tape, glue sticks, rubber bands, organizers, and more!

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

  • Lesson plan idea books, children’s books and novels
  • Bulletin board materials, posters, charts & room decor
  • Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts manipulatives
  • Games, puzzles, flash cards and more!

The ‘M’ Words In Your Home: Mold, Mildew & Moisture

Mold and Mildew developed in your crawl space because of moisture

Your home is your biggest investment, both financially and emotionally. Could your home have a mold problem? A lot of people ask this question and the internet is full of scary stories and pictures. It is best to seek professional help if you think there is active mold in your home. Here are some facts about mold.Mold and Mildew developed in your crawl space because of moisture

Mold is a living organism. It breathes air, it consumes food, it requires water (moisture) to survive and fortunately when you take one of these components away, it dies. Mold is a fungus, kind of similar to a mushroom, but a lot smaller (sometimes it can’t even be seen to the naked eye). It eats organic matter– anything that was once living such as your floor joists, drywall, furniture, fiberglass insulation, etc. Mold thrives in environments where we live- structures made of organic materials. Mold likes temperatures between 32-100 degrees F, and relative humidity between 60%-99%. You can find these environments typically in a dirt crawl space or basement.

Mold grows. When mold spores find the right combination of temperature, food source, and moisture–they grow. When mold grows it reproduces airborne seeds to grow more mold. These seeds are tiny particles that float through the air, called spores. The slightest breeze can lift them into the air, carrying the spores to new surfaces. If mold spores land on inorganic materials such as clean metal, ceramic tile, porcelain, etc. it will not grow. If mold spores land on dry surfaces of any kind it will not grow.

While we can’t eliminate organic material because our homes are made of it; and while we can’t get out of the humid temperature zone without moving; and while we can’t get away from mold spores because they are everywhere; we CAN control is moisture in our homes. Therein lies the secret to mold prevention in your home.

 

Did You Know You Breathe In Crawl Space Air?

protect your family from the air in your crawl space

Your home is where you grow your family, make memories and welcome friends. Nothing should stand in the way of that. When you think of your baby practicing tummy time or spending time around the dinner table, the last thing you should be thinking of is how your crawl space can negatively affect your family and the time spent together. Learn more about the Stack Effect and what this means for your home. happy and healthy family who live in a nice home

As warm air rises in a home, it leaks out of the upper levels. New air must enter to replace the air that escaped. In fact, in a tight home, about half of the air escapes each hour out of the upper levels. This creates a suction at the lower levels to draw in replacement air. In older homes that aren’t sealed as well, the air exchange rate can be as high as two air exchanges per hour.

This is called the ‘stack effect‘ and it creates airflow in your home from the bottom to the top. So air flow from your crawl space is drawn upwards into the first floor (living area), and then the second floor. Of course, it dilutes with other air in your home, but building scientists say that up to 50% of the air you breathe on the first floor is air that came from your crawl space. If you have hot air heating with ductwork, the air mixes even more thoroughly throughout the house.

Therefore, whatever is in your crawl space air is in the living area of your house and could be negatively affecting your home and family. If there is high humidity down there, there is higher humidity upstairs than there would be otherwise. If there are mold spores in the crawl space, there are mold spores in the living area of the home. If there are damp or musty odors in your crawl space, there is likely dampness in the living area.

This is where crawl space vents come into play. The idea is that we put in foundation vents and expect the air will flow in through vents on one side of the home and out through the vents on the other side. Unfortunately, this is false. What actually happens is air enters the vents in the front, enters the vents in the back, and enters the vents on the sides, and then it goes up into your home.

How does air get from the crawl space and into the home above (besides ducting)? Air is a very small thing. With this driving mechanism, (the suction of the house on the ground) air is drawn up through every tiny opening between the crawl space and your home. Holes around wires and pipes. Joints in floorboards, space around access hatches and through duct chases. You can seal these openings, but you can never get it perfect, so you cannot stop the stack effect from happening.

THBS Hosts Field Day for Watauga County Seniors

Tar Heel Basement Systems Hosts Field Day for Watauga County Seniors

Tar Heel Basement Systems Hosts Field Day for Watauga County Seniors

Tar Heel Basement Systems is partnering with the Watauga County Project on Aging to host field day for local area seniors. As part of the “Pay It Forward” program and ‘stay healthy’ initiative set in place for the employees of THBS, the company is sharing that passion with the local High Country community. The free, two-hour event will be held outdoors and consist of various games/activities, keeping seniors active all while having fun. Join us!

Tuesday, July 25th

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Lois E. Harrill Senior Center, Boone

Ages 60+ welcome

Prizes will be provided for the winners of the corn hole and horseshoe tournament. There will also be other various outdoor activities including bocce ball, croquet, hula hooping and more! The THBS canopy tents will be up to keep attendees cool while complimentary bottles of water will be given away.

For more information about the Watauga County Project on Aging, please visit their website for volunteer opportunities and class schedules.

 

About Tar Heel Basement Systems

Tar Heel Basement Systems is one of North Carolina’s largest residential crawl space, basement and foundation repair contractors. We are different because we put people first- our customers, our employees, and our community!

 

 

Buyers Expect a Dry Basement

buyers will not buy if there is a waterproofing issue in your basement or crawl space

Your basement is useful space, easy to heat and cool, and easy to finish. And a homebuyer will expect your basement to be dry. Unfortunately, a lot of money can be spent if your basement problem is not taken care of by a trained professional. And if it’s worth owning a home with a wet basement at all, it’s certainly worth fixing… buyers will not buy if there is a waterproofing issue in your basement or crawl space

Who wants to buy a home with a wet basement? Nobody in today’s competitive housing market. It is difficult finding a buyer who wants to purchase your home at asking price, and devastating when they walk away after looking at the basement.

Most states have disclosure forms which ask the seller a lot of questions about their knowledge of defects with the property. Also, the majority of buyers hire professional home inspectors. Their purpose is to inspect the home for any defects. Having a keen eye for water problems, because that’s what they are hired for!

There is simply no hiding your wet basement when you sell your home, even if it might be dry at the time. Musty odors also deter potential buyers and alert home inspectors of a humidity or possible mold problem. And if you do disclose your leaking basement without having it fixed, either nobody will buy or you will have to accept a lower offer. In fact, buyers will discount the price of a home by 10% or more because of the negative value a wet basement brings. 10% is a lot of money! Buyers view your home as a fixer-upper, they will pay much less.

Home Value     vs     10% off property value

$100,000                $10,000

$200,000                $15,000

$250,000                $25,000

$300,000                $30,000

$400,000                $40,000

You get the idea of how much 10% can affect your home’s value. And this does not take into account all of the property damage that comes with having a wet, leaky basement. Having your wet basement fixed by a trained professional is a lot cheaper than not fixing your basement!

 

Basement Wall Failure

hydrostatic pressure bowed basement walls

The soil around your home places a lot of pressure on your foundation walls. The amount of pressure changes depending on the type of soil, whether the soil is wet or dry and how deep the foundation is underground. Unfortunately, there is nothing on the inside of your basement pushing back against the pressure. Learn more about common causes of basement wall failure.

  • Hydrostatic Pressurehydrostatic pressure bowed basement walls

Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure exerted by a fluid due to the force of gravity. Simply put, as water saturates the soils around your home’s foundation, the water exerts pressure against the wall.

  • Frost

This is especially common for areas with cold winters. Frost can put pressure on foundation walls and cause it to fail, especially for basements that may be unfinished and unheated. Frost forces can be extremely powerful and can even lift shallow foundations up out of the ground, causing significant damage to the home.

  •  Expanding Clay Soils

Clay soils are found throughout most of North Carolina and the Tar Heel Basement Systems service area. Clay expands and contracts to depend on the amount of moisture is in the ground. When it rains, clay soils become wet and expands. As clay soils expand, more pressure is put on your home’s basement walls. When the pressure becomes more than the wall can handle, the wall will be to push inward.

Your home is one of your biggest investments and signs of basement wall failure should never be ignored. Always having a trained professional to look at the concerns is important. For more information, check out our, Ask the Expert Videos!

Signs of Sagging Floors In Your Home

how to fix sagging floors

Sagging floors are not only an annoyance, but they can leave homeowners wondering how much longer their floor system will be able to support the weight of everything on it! Happy homes demand real support. As the floors above your crawl space or basement begin to sag and feel soft or bouncy, the very foundation on which your family lives on becomes compromised. Nothing should stand in the way of that. how to fix sagging floors

How do you know if your floors are bouncy, soft or unlevel?

  • Sloping floors, sometimes creating a gap between the floor and interior walls.
  • Cracks in interior walls and gaps around door frames, caused by a wall sinking along with the floor.
  • Doors that stick or have been planed in order to close.
  • Gaps between existing columns and girders in the crawl space.
  • Shimming between existing columns and girders in your crawl space or basement (a sign of past settlement and repair attempts).
  • Evidence of moisture, wood rot, and compression of the floor joists in your crawl space.

Finding a permanent solution that addresses the true cause of your foundation problem is the surest way for to provide your home with the support it needs and allows you to enjoy peace of mind.

Employees Host Supply Drive to Support Stokes County Animal Shelter

employees host supply drive to support stokes county animal shelter

employees host supply drive to support stokes county animal shelterIn an effort to give back to the community and redefine the construction industry, Tar Heel Basement Systems established its Pay It Forward Initiative in 2013. Every month the company and its employees help out a different nonprofit organization. May is always focused on animals, and this year a customer requested that Stokes County Animal Shelter receive the support of the team.

The Stokes County Animal Shelter is a small, rural shelter located in Germanton. The shelter is run almost solely on donations from the community & funding organizations. The shelter is currently at capacity and is only taking in neglected and abused animals right now. They hope to build a larger facility in order to help house more animals. The Tar Heel team will be hosting a supply drive during the last week of May to provide the shelter with some of their most needed supplies. According to Animal Control Officer Shannon Jones, the highest demand is for dry dog food, cat litter, dog bowls (stainless steel only), small dog beds & Clorox.

If you are interested in donating, please drop off all supplies at Tar Heel Basement Systems.

When? May 29th through June 4th 

Where? 2910 Griffith Rd., Winston Salem 27103

What? Dry dog food, cat litter, dog bowls (stainless steel only), towels, blankets, small dog beds & Clorox

Please also check out the THBS Facebook page during the drive week and vote for your favorite THBS Pet!

Ducts in a Dirt Crawl Space

ducts in a dirt crawl space

When warm humid air enters crawl space vents, where is the first place it will give up its moisture? On the coldest surfaces, right? The coldest surface is likely to be your ducts when the air conditioning is on. Water is a conductor, not an insulator. So when a duct is wet, it is warmed by the summer air (humidity) that came through the crawl space vents. ducts in a dirt crawl space

A home with a dirt crawl space costs more to heat and cool. If your crawl space is vented, those vents make your floors cold upstairs. This is not only uncomfortable but makes your energy bill rise during the winter and summer months.

Damp air uses more energy to heat and cool and costs more money. Damp air puts a latent (hidden) load on the HVAC system. Everyone knows they need to run their AC on a hot, humid day. But what about humidity from inside the building? Same thing. If you get rid of humidity from your crawl space, you save money on heating and cooling costs.

How much money? You will save 15% to 25%. That’s a lot of money! Over the years, it really adds up. You are paying the price every month in higher energy bills by living in a house with a dirt crawl space. Of course, there are variables–such as how many foundation vents you have, whether you live in a one-or-two- story home if you have ducts in the crawl space, how big your crawl space is, etc. Fixing your crawl space is one home repair you can’t afford to make. 

 

Fiberlgass Floor Insulation and Moisture: A Bad Combination

fiberglass floor insulation and moisture a bad combination

One reason for insulation in the floor above is that the crawl space becomes cold in the winter due to open vents. These vents should be closed permanently, which would make a huge difference in the temperature of the living area above. Fiberglass insulation only works in a closed cavity, it is loose and air passes right through it. When it’s between the joists in a vented, dirt crawl space, with the paper or foil side up, and the unfaced side down, it’s not doing much at all to conserve energy or prevent cool air from reaching the home above. Paper-faced insulation becomes mold candy in a dirt, vented crawl space.

fiberglass floor insulation and moisture a bad combination

Insulation should always be installed against the air boundary surface of the house. In a healthy, properly functioning crawl space, that surface is the crawl space walls and floors. The wood floor system above is full of gaps, joints, and chases for wires, pipes, and ducts–so it’s not the air boundary– and it’s the wrong place to insulate the crawl space with no vents.

Mold grows on insulation because it has some organic material in the resin used to set the fibers. A last important note: when fiberglass insulation is just a little damp, it loses a whole lot of its insulation value.

So what is your fiberglass insulation doing in your dirt crawl space? Not much.

 

Dust Mites: #1 Indoor Allergen

number one allergen that most people with asthma and allergies react to is dust mite droppings

The number one allergen that most people with asthma and allergies react to is dust mite droppings. Dust mites are microscopic parasites that live off of skin flakes that you shed. They live in your bedding, carpet, and furniture. Dust mite droppings are tiny and float in the air, where they can be breathed in and aggravate allergies and asthma.

number one allergen that most people with asthma and allergies react to is dust mite droppings

Dust mites don’t drink water but absorb it from the air. They need over 50% relative humidity to live. While dust mites don’t live in your crawl space, they like your crawl space. Why? It is very difficult to keep your home dry when you have a dirt crawl space under it. It’s the life-giving humidity that allows dust mites to thrive upstairs in the living areas of your home. Dry the crawl space out and the air flowing up into the house is no longer wet. Therefore, the house dries out. The dust mites (which are like tiny water balloons) dry out and die, and of course, stop producing droppings. That is great news for asthma and allergy sufferers. To learn more about dust mites, please visit HouseDustMite.

Other pests also love the moisture in the crawl space. Termites love wet wood. Spiders love crawl spaces because they eat other bugs and there are usually plenty of them in a nice, damp, dirt crawl space. Mice, rats, and snakes also love the damp, dark crawl spaces too!

Annual Sponsorship Solidified with Forsyth Habitat for Humanity

Annual Sponsorship Solidified with Forsyth Habitat for Humanity

Annual Sponsorship Solidified with Forsyth Habitat for HumanityIn an effort to redefine the home improvement industry, Tar Heel Basement Systems has secured an annual sponsorship with Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County. This partnership will revolve around their annual Hammerbird 5K fundraiser in Winston Salem.

The REDEFINE SPONSORSHIP, established in 2017, will offer support to the mission of Habitat for Humanity- to help more local working families achieve strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter! In addition to a continued commitment to a monetary donation to the annual Hammerbird 5K fundraiser, Tar Heel Basement Systems will donate a patented CrawlSeal crawl space encapsulation system each year to a new or renovated Habitat home (a value of $5000).

Tar Heel Basement Systems’ Owner Pete Burgess claims, “the only way to truly redefine our industry is by offering homeowners permanent solutions with superior products. The construction industry has a checkered reputation and we are on a mission to change that. We believe that every person deserves to live in a healthy home, and we are confident our systems will offer that peace of mind to families.”

Look for the Tar Heel team at the Hammerbird 5K this weekend. We will have a team of close to 30 people in bright yellow t-shirts running to support the cause!

Annual Service Program

a multi-year Service Plan Agreement that allows homeowners to receive priority scheduling and save with annual service discounts

Here at Tar Heel Basement Systems, we believe in doing things the right way. While we have the best service technicians and offer the industry’s best products, each system needs a little upkeep and preventative care. To make this necessary maintenance easier for our homeowners, we have created a multi-year Service Plan Agreement that allows homeowners to receive priority scheduling and save with annual service discounts!  

When questions arise about your system, some homeowners may not know who to contact. By having Tar Heel Basement Systems service your system annually, you can ensure it is working properly and effectively, reducing the need for service emergency calls and increase the life expectancy of your entire system. Every annual service comes with a thorough inspection of each component of your system and complimentary home evaluation for other concerns you may have. Our dedicated Service Department is here to ensure your system is working properly at all times.

Encapsulation & Waterproofing Services:

  • Cycle & water test sump pump operations
  • Clean sump system liner of sediment and silt
  • Change battery in the SafeDri™ Battery Backup System
  • Flush & flood test BasementGutter system as necessarya multi-year Service Plan Agreement that allows homeowners to receive priority scheduling and save with annual service discounts
  • Evaluate discharge line(s) & potential for freezing
  • Ensure there are no rips or tears in your CrawlSeal system

Wall Stabilization Services: 

  • Re-tighten to the appropriate torque
  • Evaluate IntelliBrace™ and/or wall anchor plates
  • Benchmark the position of the wall(s) at each location
  • Remove excess anchor rod
  • Perform an inspection of foundation, grading & gutters

 Dehumidification & Indoor Air Quality Services:

  • Check relative humidity set point
  • Inspect filter
  • Clean heat exchange core & evaporator coil
  • Clean drain pipe
  • Inspect blower, wires/connections & refrigeration system
  • Check components of the APCO lighting system
  • Change APCO bulb if needed

Give yourself peace of mind, knowing your system installed by Tar Heel Basement Systems is being maintained properly. Call our Service Representative: 866-541-6813 to discuss annual service options or sign up for your annual maintenance today!

 

Madison Heritage Festival Meets All Things Basements!

Madison Heritage Festival Meets Tar Heel Basement Systems

Taking place in Historic Downtown Madison, the 11th Annual Madison Heritage Festival has grown tremendously over the years becoming a full day event. Celebrating the history of small-town Madison as well as the times of today, the festival is perfect for the entire family! The streets will be filled with an array of local business vendors, crafters, and artists. A children’s play area and food station will be set up, along with a full line up of live entertainment throughout the event. Madison Heritage Festival Meets Tar Heel Basement Systems

Local Madison, NC resident, and Outside Marketing Coordinator, Jaimie Hooker, will be at the tent enjoying the festivities and helping homeowners with concerns or inquiries regarding their basement, crawl space, foundation or slab. Look for the bright yellow tent.

Madison Heritage Festival

-Downtown Madison, NC

-Saturday, April, 15th

-10:00 am-5:00 pm

-FREE PARKING

-FREE ADMISSION

 

 

Negative Effects of Having a Dirt Crawl Space

Negative Effects of Having a Dirt Crawl Space

Protect your home’s investment by learning the negative effects of having a home built on top of a dirt crawl space. Negative Effects of Having a Dirt Crawl Space

-High humidity and condensation build up.

-Mold growth and wood rot.

-A welcoming area to insects and unwanted pests.

-Cold floors and higher heating bills.

-“Musty” odors and drafts upstairs.

-Unhealthy and uncomfortable living spaces.

How does humidity get into your crawl space? Moisture creeps in from the ground and sides of your home (foundation vents). The moisture can cause great damage to your foundation, floor system, furnishings and put your household at risk of bacteria and mold growth.

The solution is to uncouple the negative effects of the earth on your house by isolating your home from the exposed ground through crawl space encapsulation. Once your crawl space is sealed using a heavy-duty liner or vapor barrier, moisture infiltration from outside your home and ground will be reduced substantially. However, humidity created inside of your home from piping and other household activities is trapped and needs to be purified for full protection, or it will accumulate over time. To complete the crawl space encapsulation, a commercial-grade self-draining dehumidifier will be needed.

 

 

Redbud Celebration in Southwest Virginia

36th Annual Honaker Redbud festival in southwest Virginia

The 36th Annual Redbud festival kicks-off on Saturday, April 8th. The small town of Honaker, Virginia emerges with a pink tint as thousands of Redbud trees take full bloom. In celebration of the naturally beautiful event, town residence celebrate with the Redbud Festival! The vendor festival begins in the morning and goes on until the late afternoon. The streets will be filled with live music, local artists and craftsman and of course Tar Heel Basement Systems! Brand Ambassador, Jessica, will be taking part in the small town festivities and educating homeowners on the health of their basement, crawl space, foundation or slab. Stop by the bright yellow tent. 36th Annual Honaker Redbud festival in southwest Virginia

Honaker Redbud Festival

Saturday, April 8th

New Peoples Bank—Honaker, VA

9:30am-4:30pm

FREE Admission

FREE PArking