What is the best way to heat the crawl space under my
house is very old and has a dirt floor about three feet
under the flooring, and the walls are stone. Total size
is a basement that is also cold. There is a small
opening from the basement into the crawl space.
was going to have an electric baseboard unit added to
each space, but thought I would check to see what you
Very expensive to operate is my first thought about such
was reading a very interesting article at Green Energy
Efficient Homes that addresses your situation, and I
would recommend that you look at it, too, before you
take any action.
I have a single-family detached home. It is one story
with an attic and no basement.
it rains heavily, water seeps into the two bedrooms. I
had a French drain put in, which cost me $2,400.
seemed to have solved most of the problem until a recent
heavy rain that caused water to seep again into the
corners of the room.
like to know whether there is any other solution that
If your house is in a place where lots of rain fell in a
few hours, I would think that the French drain system,
no matter how well it was crafted, just couldnít
handle that volume of water.
had to go somewhere.
Iíve observed firsthand that French drains tend to get
clogged with debris and need to be cleaned regularly, as
do drains along the interior perimeter of basements.
thing we need to consider here: Because there was a
problem that the French drain seemed to have fixed, you
naturally linked the seepage in the rooms to it. But it
could be that a roof leak has developed.
that a leak may have been part of the original drainage
problem but didnít come into its own until that heavy
it may simply be clogged gutters.
if it is a leak, there is little doubt that future heavy
rains will only make it worse.