Is there a draft in your basement? Maybe it feels a little warm down there, or you’re noticing some moisture on the walls. All of these situations indicate poor insulation in your basement and could lead to larger problem signs. Basement Authority of West Virginia has thermal insulation, an advanced insulation system that provides efficient protection against changing temperatures outside.
How Does Thermal Insulation Work?
- Our team checks on the current status of your basement’s insulation. Once inspected, we have a better understanding of why your previous insulation was ineffective, and how to solve it with our thermal insulation panels.
- Next, we install the thermal insulation panels across your basement walls. These panels are waterproof and are two inches thick to ensure maximum protection against moisture from both indoor and outdoor sources.
- Finally, the thermal insulation’s graphite-infused design reflects heat back into your basement which saves you money during the freezing West Virginia winters. Additionally, our panels resist heat conduction during the summer, which means they won’t heat up even when conditions are sweltering outside.
What Sets Our Thermal Insulation Apart?
- Pest and Termite Resistance: Our thermal insulation panels integrate a termiticide during their production, which means termites and other harmful pests will avoid your basement.
- Simple Installation: Certain kinds of insulation can be messy and complicated to install. Thankfully, the rigid design of our thermal insulation makes them simple to attach to your basement walls.
- Radiant Heat Barrier: The visible side of our thermal insulation panels actively protect your home from receiving heat and cold from your basement. This can reduce your energy costs by nearly 20%, saving you money in the long run.
Signs Your Home Needs Thermal Insulation
High Energy Bills
You may not realize it, but a badly insulated basement can end up transferring cold and warm air into the rest of your home. Over time, this leads to your HVAC system working harder to maintain temperatures in your home. You’ll start to notice your energy bills get higher the longer your basement stays unprotected. With thermal insulation, you can lower your energy bills, especially when used in tandem with other basement waterproofing solutions such as a vapor barrier or dehumidifier.
Mold can only grow in warm and humid environments. Thermal insulation acts as a great barrier between outside humid air and your basement. Without the protection that thermal insulation offers, humidity levels could rise to 50-60 percent or more in your basement – the perfect conditions for mold to grow. Even worse, mold can end up causing major problems for you and anyone living in your home. You might experience allergies or respiratory problems as mold spores spread throughout your home. Moreover, mold could start growing in closets and bathrooms. Thermal insulation can help control this unpleasant fungus from spreading into your home.
If your pipes seem to leak into your basement, it could be due to the freezing conditions during winter in West Virginia. As water travels through your pipes, it could freeze and block incoming water. After a while, this frozen water expands in size and may burst your plumbing line. Thermal insulation keeps your basement warm, even in the coldest conditions outside, which keeps water from freezing in your plumbing pipes.
You might think about repairing the insulation in your basement if it isn’t working properly. Unfortunately, there are a few problems with this. First of all, fixing insulation on your own requires proper safety equipment. This is to ensure fiberglass does not penetrate your eyes or skin. Furthermore, any errors during the repair process could end up causing even more damage than before. Second, replacing damaged insulation may not solve the actual problem. If water is getting into your basement or your walls are cracked, new insulation is only going to last for so long before it becomes ineffective again.
Since basements are located below ground, they are susceptible to all kinds of problems that occur below the soil. Most often, hydrostatic pressure is to blame for cracked basement walls. This is the process by which water exerts more pressure the deeper it travels below the surface. This is because more gravity is pushing down on it, so it pushes against the soil and your basement walls – causing them to bow and crack over time.
R-value refers to the effectiveness of a particular kind of insulation. Low R-values indicate poor thermal resistance, while high R-values mean the opposite. This value can also be partly determined by how thick your specific insulation is. For reference, most standard insulation has an R-value of about 2.3-3.8, while our thermal insulation has an R-value of 11, which means it provides high-quality protection that other products simply can’t match.
Call Us for a Free Inspection
We know your basement is an important area for your home that may house furniture, personal items, or important appliances. For that reason, we strongly recommend installing our thermal insulation to keep your basement’s temperature-controlled, and the area dry. Contact us today to learn more about our other basement waterproofing solutions. One of our specialists will inspect your home for free and determine the best course of action based on your needs. Since 2003, our team has helped homeowners in Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Wheeling, and surrounding areas keep their basements protected. We’re here to do the same for you!