While we may not use the basement and crawl space as much as the living areas of our home, it is important that they too be well-insulated. The basement of our home is where a lot of moisture and draft problems can come in, as the moisture from the dirt seeps into the basement walls and causes water damage. This is especially true for areas with heavy rain, in which the dirt below the ground can become exceedingly wet and flow into the cracks of your basement and expand.
While the basement suffers from these unique issues caused by the outside, it is ultimately more connected to your living spaces than the outside. As such, any moisture problems and water damage caused to the basement will affect the quality of life in your living areas as well. It is therefore important to insulate these areas against the unique threats that the underground can pose. Affordable Insulation can advise you on the best product for your basement and crawl space and provide professional installation.
Protect From Drafts, Moisture, and Pests
A properly insulated basement will save you on heating costs and protect your living area from moisture and drafts. While heat loss most often occurs through the attic, it can also occur through the foundation. Proper basement insulation will ensure that minimal or no heat is lost through the foundation and will stabilize the interior temperature swings of the home by providing less avenues of escape from temperature.
Most importantly, basements and crawl spaces are notorious for being the most prone to water-related damage. If you live in a particularly rainy or flood-prone area, you should pay special attention to basement insulation. If building a new home, exterior insulation can reduce the risk of condensation damage to the building and provide extra room for your basement due to a lack of insulation in the interior. If adding insulation to the interior of an existing home, which is generally far less expensive than exterior insulation, you can use whatever insulation type you feel is appropriate. Interior insulation will also solve the problem of various insects and pests, a lot of which make their home in rain-soaked soil, infesting your basement.
Keep in mind the vital goal of moisture control when seeking to protect your home from the elements.