What to do with my crawl space?
I’m hoping someone can offer me some good advice on what to do with my crawlspace. I’ve been reading other posts and couldn’t find anything similar to my situation.
I live in Seattle zone 4c and have a vented crawlspace. I have my water pipes and heat ducting (mostly insulated flex duct) down there. It has a plastic vapor barrier in pretty bad shape. The thing that makes mine different is that my chimney runs through the center of my house. If I look up from the crawlspace along the chimney I can see the roof of my house. I want to say that the space from the back of the chimney to the next wall is about 2 feet. So in essence my attic and crawl space are connected.
Currently there is no insulation in the crawl space. I want to insulate it and am looking for recommendations.
I’ve read the pros and cons of sealing up the crawl space but I don’t know if I can do this with the chimney in the center. Do I need this air for the chimney? Can I seal both the crawlspace AND the attic hole where the chimney is located? I’ve read that a sealed crawl space is not needed the Pacific Northwest but since my ducting and pipes are down there am I correct in assuming that a sealed space is preferred?
Any help on what to do, type of insulation...will be greatly appreciated.
Posted Sun, 10/13/2013 - 15:56
Edited Mon, 10/14/2013 - 06:46
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