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Crawlspace encapsulation in Wilmington, DE

Crawlspace encapsulation in Wilmington, DE

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This detached brownstone row home, likely built in the late 1800s had an addition built over a previously existing porch. The owner wanted us to make the rooms in this addition warmer in winter.

An Energy Audit conducted by Lawson Home Service found the problem was the way the space under the back porch addition had been enclosed and insulated.

A Dr. Energy Saver's CleanSpace™ Crawlspace Encapsulation System was installed, which included installing SilverGlo™ insulation on the walls, and a thick layer of spray foam on the rim band between the floor joists. With this simple and effective method the insulation hanging from the floor was no longer necessary. The access door was replaced with an air tight EverLastTM Crawl Space Door.

Now the addition room will be comfortable all year long, thanks to the work of Lawson Home Service's hard-working crew.

Attic insulation Wilmington, DE

Attic insulation Wilmington, DE

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This three story townhouse, built in 2007, had 7" fiberglass batts on the attic floor. The R value was approximately R18. 

This old insulation was removed to provide a totally clean attic floor. This is done so the attic floor can be air sealed, a crucial step in preventing expensive loss of conditioned air into the attic. In addition, it was necessary to re-route the bathroom fans so they terminated properly on the roof, rather than in the attic.
Once all the prep work was thoroughly completed the crew blew in a 17" blanket of TruSoft™ Cellulose insulation, tripling the R-value for a cozy comfortable R60. Kudos crew! The homeowner was happy with the results.  

Attic insulation improvement in WILMINGTON, DE

Attic insulation improvement in WILMINGTON, DE

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A lot of the attics we go in require you to walk across joists or unsecure planks of wood to access air handlers, duct work, and attic fans. To the inexperienced individual it can be a dangerous area to walk and climb across.  Other attics have entrances and areas that aren’t securely blocked off from insulation.  This can cause insulation and dust to spill into unconditioned areas of your finished home.  

 

At Lawson’s we install secure, durable dams and decking. (1) We insulate the deck to make sure we are not sacrificing insulation and (2) we create a safe and secure way to enter the attic and if necessary service your air handler or other equipment located in that area.  As an addition we can even expand the decking for extra storage.

 

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Lawson Home Services is an authorized dealer of the nationally renowned Dr. Energy Saver network of the best energy-conservation contractors across the country. We are not just a contractor company, we specialize in helping you understand your home's current energy efficiency, suggest repairs, and we also do the work! You'll receive the maximum energy and cost-saving results with the least amount of hassle.

Get your FREE, no-obligation services estimate in Wilmington, Delaware, you'll also receive a free copy of "Saving Energy and Money at Home," a great book to use as you begin to create a more comfortable, healthy, and energy-efficient home!

We offer FREE estimates for the following services:

  • Complete Home Energy Audit
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  • Air Duct Cleaning & More

Attic, Crawl Space, & Blow-in Insulation

Why insulate your home? How about comfort and savings? Did you know that the combination of cracks, leaks, and openings in your house can equate to you leaving a window wide open. Rather than lose the heat or ac you are paying for make sure to insulate your home which will conserve the heat and cool air in your home and save you money in the long term in your energy bills.

We are your Wilmington professionals for blow in insulation and more. With years of experience insulating attics, garages, and basements you can trust us to provide expert care to your home.

Air Duct Cleaning

The air that blows throughout your house runs through a series of air ducts that most people forget about until they become a problem. If not cleaned the ducts become dirty and clogged resulting in air vents blowing less air through them and the air that is blown into your home is full of dust and debris. This is particularly harmful if certain members of your family suffer from allergies or asthma.

Cleaning out these air ducts is a needed chore that probably hasn’t been done in your home in years. Dr. Energy Saver is your air duct cleaning expert in Wilmington so make sure to bring this up during your phone call to us.

Crawl Space Repair

Get Crawl spaces are often left forgotten resulting in years of decay and damage before anyone notices. Mold, rot, and structural problems can become serious issues if not dealt with quickly. If you notice buckling floors, musty odors, heightened allergies or asthma symptoms, or cracks in the drywall it may be your crawl space is in need of repair. But don’t dismay our Wilmington team will repair your crawl space, fixing any issues.

After the work is finished along with correcting any damage and proofing the crawl space for further damage you may end up with the side benefit o saving up to 20% in heating and cooling costs with the improvements to the crawl space. Call us now to get a free quote for the work!

 
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Radon testing in Wilmington, DE

High levels of deadly radon exists in one in every fourteen American homes - Is your home one of them?
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is given off by rocks deep in the earth's crust. Normally it rises through the soil and escapes harmlessly into the atmosphere. But when radon surfaces in the soil directly beneath a home it rises into the home through cracks in the basement or crawlspace slab and gets trapped inside the home, accumulating to high concentrations creating a serious risk to the health of the occupants. The problem is that radon is colorless, odorless, so you could be breathing it right now, at home or at work, and not have any clue. 
Radon gas is the cause of about 15% of all cases of lung cancer. Recent studies indicate it may even be linked to other types of cancer as well. 
Lawson Home Services is conducting home radon tests in Wilmington, DE and all across the state of Delaware. The biggest surprise is that home radon testing is discovering extremely high levels of radon inside homes located in areas formerly thought not to have a problem with radon gas. Quite simply we can no longer rely on "radon maps", which show the Delmarva Peninsula to have a low incidence of radon.
Call Lawson Home Services, the leading radon testing and mitigation contractor on the Delmarva Peninsula, to conduct a reliable radon test in your home.
You'll breathe a whole lot better knowing the level of radon in your home. And if testing discovers unacceptable high levels of radon then you can take the necessary steps to reduce it. 
 

 

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Radon Mitigation System in Wilmington, DE

This homeowner in Wilmington, DE, discovered she had a radon issue in her home. She took wise and prudent to protect her health and that of her family by having Lawson Home Services install a radon mitigation system. The installation is performed in a day, and involved drilling a small hole in the slab floor or a basement or crawlspace, which is fitted with an airtight adapted. PVC pipe then connects to a depressurization fan located on an outside wall of the home. The fan pulls the radon from beneath the cement slab, and exhausts it into the atmosphere through an exhaust stack mounted on the outside wall above it.

Lawson Home Services is the leading radon expert in the state of Delaware, specializing in radon testing, mitigation system installation, and mitigation system inspections and maintenance, David Lawson, of Lawson Home Services, is also Delaware's only radon mitigation system compliance inspector. We are truly the experts in radon.

Radon is dangerous. It is responsible for many cases of lung cancer where the patient never smoked a day in their life. Testing is indicating many places all throughout the state of Delaware where alarmingly high levels of radon concentration s being found in homes. Find out if yours is one of them. Call Lawson Home Services right away to schedule a radon concentration test for you home. 

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Challenging Energy Audit for complex 1970s home in Wilmington, DE

This is a beautiful modern style home in Wilmington, DE, with a very complex design. Any energy auditor knows, walking up to a home like this there will be many many issues with insulation and air sealing inside. The complex construction is difficult to fit the insulation into the oddly shaped spaces, and trying to upgrade the insulation in the future can be very expensive and drawn out. 
Not much attention was paid to energy efficiency with homes that were built in the 1970s. Some of the building practices that were considered conventional wisdom for any builder at the time, have since show to be anything but. Ventilated crawlspaces, uninsulated basement walls, ductwork running through the hostile temperatures of the attic, cantilevered overhanging upper floor sections, are but a few of the many problems found in these homes.
The multiple attics are also difficult to air seal, which was not done in back in the 1970s. As a result the energy auditor was not surprised when he tested the "tightness" of the home with the blower door. It leaked air like a sieve.
Nor was the energy consumption graph a surprise. This home is difficult to heat in the winter. And it doesn't help when the duct work running through the attic is falling apart.
An energy audit will find all the problems and help the homeowner and home energy contractor determine which measures should take priority. A detailed audit report is given to the homeowner that shows all the problems and explains then in straightforward simple language that a fifth grader could understand. 
At this time Energize Delaware is making it possible for Delaware residents to have an audit conducted at their home for just $50, ($25 for first responders or military personnel). It makes sense to have an energy audit conducted as it can help you decide how to budget for the upgrades and what to expect in savings once the measures have been installed.
So contact Lawson Home Services today and schedule an Energize Delaware Home Energy Audit for your home.

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Home Energy Audit in Wilmington, DE

You may be wondering how efficient your home is, and where your energy dollars are going. At a cost of just $50 for the homeowner ($25 for first responders and military personnel), an Energize Delaware Energy Audit can show you exactly that. 

The purpose of the audit is to show homeowners how to best invest in upgrades that most affect comfort and energy utility costs. The detailed audit explains things in common, down to earth terms that a even a fifth grader could understand. So why not call Lawson Home Services today and schedule an energy audit for your home.

Check out the pictures below to see some of the things contained in the detailed audit report you will receive from Energize Delaware. This is just a sample of a few things. 

Also check out the pictures of the issues our energy auditor found in this home. You might be surprised to learn just how many of these problems exist in your home. 

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Energy Audit helps Wilmington, DE homeowner plan important home comfort and energy efficiency improvements

There is a lot of older home stock in Wilmington, DE, like this charming traditional 2-story home. Unfortunately these older homes, built in the middle of the 20th century, were built with little consideration given to making them as energy efficient as possible. Then, over the years, modifications and remodeling takes place that often make even worse the problems in the home.
An Energize Delaware energy audit can reveal the energy deficiencies that result in high utility bills and discomfort. The detailed audit report will outline everything that can be done to improve the comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality of these older homes. The report will show the cost of each improvement, show the Energize Delaware rebate incentives for the homeowner, and how the improvement can be expected to impact utility costs and save the homeowner money over time. 
This home had several major issues. For one, it is very "air leaky" (as shown by the blower door test shown among the pictures shown below), which results in very high energy bills. Second story overhangs in the home construction (also show among the accompanying pictures) often result in cold second story floors. And last, the radon test, which is included in Lawson Home Services energy audits, shows this house has a level of radon concentration that should be of concern to the home owner, since radon is responsible for about 15% of all lung cancer occurring in the USA. 
At this time Energize Delaware is subsidizing these audits at just a fraction of the cost for homeowners. As of this time (Dec 2023) the out of pocket cost to the homeowner is just $50 ($25 for first responders and military personnel). 
So why not take advantage of this amazing program while it is still in effect. Call Lawson Home Services to schedule an Energize Delaware Home Energy Audit for your home.  

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Home Energy Audit in Wilmington, DE

Declan Hindsley is one of Lawson Home Services newest energy auditors. But you sure wouldn't know it from the quality of his work. Declan is thorough and doesn't miss a detail. He spotted so many things in this older 1952 home in Wilmington, DE - this home needs a lotta love. 

The pictures below show just a few of the many things Declan found. The biggest thing, which is totally expected in older home stock, are air leaks. They are all over the place. And this home was no exception. It is about four times as leaky as it should be. But that's no problem for Lawson Home Services. 

 

Attics are usually where we find most of the leaks. And one of the worst places is around the attic access hatch. These are typically not insulated very well either, resulting in double the trouble. Another big problem sometimes found in attic, is HVAC ductwork - the most hostile environment for ducts that carry air the homeowner pays to heat and cool. If this ductwork is poorly insulated or leaky that spells major energy loss, and higher energy bills.

The list of problems Declan found goes on and we don't have the space to show and explain it to you. But you probably have similar problems inside your home, even if its a new home. Contractors take a lot of shortcuts thinking no one will discover them. But a good energy auditor will. And every homeowner deserves to know.

 

The best new is that Energize Delaware subsidized most of the costs for Home Energy Audits in Delaware. The cost to the home owner ends up being just $50 ($25 for military and first responder personnel). Surely for that small price you want to know where your energy dollars are going and what can be done to stop the energy leaks. Let Lawson Home Services well-trained energy auditors visit your home and find out. You'll receive a detailed report from Energize Delaware outlining the most important and cost effective improvements. You also learn how much the improvements will cost, how long it will take for the improvements to pay for themselves, and how much money over both the short and long term you can expect to save. 

Contact us, by phone or online, and we will put you on the schedule. Don't put it off, we have no idea how long this amazing program will last. Get in on the ground floor while you can. 

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Radon Testing in Wilmington, DE

Low level concentration of deadly radon gas was detected at this Wilmington, DE residence. The levels tested to be slightly below those recommended for action by the EPA and WHO*. But not all Wilmington residents have been so fortunate. Lawson Home Services has been conducting an increasing number of radon measurements around the state of Delaware and the results are revealing extremely high levels of radon concentration inside homes in areas where radon was formerly thought not to be a problem. This is why every home in Delaware should be tested for radon gas concentration. If levels exceed those recommended for action then the homeowner can have a radon mitigation system installed in their home. 

Call Lawson Home Services today to schedule your radon test. Why take a risk of exposing yourself to deadly radon gas?

 

It is unknown what levels of radon gas concentration are "safe", however, the EPA suggests considering taking action to reduce the levels of radon concentration in a home when they are above 2.0 pCI/l (pico curies per liter). It is known that radon gas exposure creates a risk for the development of lung cancer similar to that of smoking cigarettes. It is estimated radon gas is responsible for 15% of all cases of lung cancer in America.

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Fortunately, the radon tests conducted by Lawson Home Services at this Wilmington, DE residence showed moderately low levels of indoor radon concentration. Still, it is not known what concentration levels are "safe" when it comes to radon gas. Radon is known to be the second leading cause of lung cancer. One in fourteen US homes has an unacceptably high level of radon concentration, that is 4.0 pCi/l (pico Curies per liter). It is at this level of concentration the EPA strongly recommends homeowners take action to reduce the concentration of radon in their homes. They suggest considering taking action any time the levels are above 2.0 pCi/l. 

That's why every homeowner should have their home tested for radon gas concentration. Why risk exposure to something that can give you lung cancer if it can be safely mitigated? 
Call Lawson Home Services today and schedule an inexpensive radon concentration test at your home.

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Attic Insulation, Crawl Space Insulation, and Duct Sealing in Wilmington, DE

This Wilmington, DE homeowner asked us to make several things happen: she wanted several upstairs rooms, including one over an existing garage, to be made more comfortable, year-round. She also wanted to reduce allergens and dust in her home. There was quite a bit to do in this older home, built in 1958, but Dr. Energy Saver had the solutions for her home. 

One of the first things the Lawson Home Services crew did was address the HVAC ductwork. Leaky ductwork causes a lot of the air in from the furnace and air conditioner to leak away into spaces where it does no good. This air never arrives at its intended destination. The best practice solution is to seal up the leaks. Some amazing technology, AeroSeal™, is available now - it seals the ductwork from the inside. The ductwork is thoroughly cleaned out before the AeroSeal™ process begins. The results Lawson Home Services is getting with AeroSeal™ is nothing short of amazing, far better that anything that can be done the old-school way with tape and mastic. They achieved a 67.4% reduction of air loss - that will make a huge impact on the effectiveness of the HVAC system.   

Next came the attic work. As with the ductwork, the attic floor must be cleaned before the work of air sealing can begin. All the nasty smelly old insulation is removed. Then the crew begins to seal up all the places where air escapes into the attic from the rooms below. Once the air sealing is done the new TruSoft™ cellulose is blown to a depth of 17", bringing the attic insulation to an incredible R60 insulation value - quite a difference for this homeowner since the attic insulation value previously was just R15. A four-fold increase in the insulation value is very significant and will make quite an impact on home comfort and energy utility costs.

Finally, the crew went into the crawlspace, air sealed and added SilverGlo™ rigid foam board insulation to the foundation walls of the home. 

This home owner is going to have a much cozier winter now. 

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Duct cleaning in Wilmington, DE

Lawson Home Services recently performed our Platinum Duct Cleaning and AeroSeal Duct Sealing service at this Wilmington, DE home. Not only were these ducts extremely leaky, costing the homeowner thousands of dollars over the years, but they were full of dust and dirt, which was being blown all throughout the house every time the heat or air conditioning kicked on. 

Lawson's crew arrived on the scene and quickly got to work. There were a lot of tight spaces in this townhouse. But that is no problem for Lawson's agile crew. They are the best and they will do the work right.

The ducts were thoroughly cleaned, as you can see from the before and after pictures. Once this task was completed the crew went to work preparing for the amazing AeroSeal™ process, engineered by an ingenious scientist at the University of California. Unlike the  traditional process of duct sealing by applying tape and mastic to the outside of the ductwork, AeroSeal™ is applied from the inside of the ductwork. It actually uses the pressure of the leaks to find and seal them. The certification shown below shows the amazing difference. You won't get those kinds of results from traditional sealing methods. AeroSeal™ is quite simply the best in the business at this time. 

Also you can see the dryer duct had a hole rusted in it. That required replacing that section of tubing. 

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Radon Levels in Wilmington, DE

RADON - A silent, deadly killer, could be lurking in your basement or crawlspace.

Radon gas causes approximately 15% of all lung cancers in the United States. Wouldn't you want to know if your home is harboring this killer? 

Radon is a radioactive gas that can occur anywhere. It is contained in rocks deep within the earth's crust. It gradually seeps upwards through the soil. It can pop out anywhere, in the middle of a cornfield, under a highway, or inside a contained space, like your basement. 

Lawson Home Services is the leading expert in radon mitigation, servicing the entire Delmarva peninsula, including Wilmington, DE. The owner of the company, David Lawson, is the only radon compliance inspector in the First State of Delaware who is certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program. Our company is a member of the nationally recognized National Radon Defense Network, the organization dedicated to protecting the occupants of buildings and homes from this deadly killer. 

And the best part, radon mitigation equipment can be installed in a single day and is surprisingly inexpensive. So pick up your phone and dial 1-833-397-0163 or contact us online so we can put you in the queue for a radon test to be conducted in your home soon. Its the smart thing to do to protect you and the occupants of your home from an unnecessary exposure to radon gas.

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Radon testing in Wilmington, DE home

Is your home a RADON statistic? FIND OUT, before its too late!

Lucky for this Wilmington, DE homeowner, at least for now, the radon testing at her home was only 1.8 pCi/l, just below the threshold where the EPA recommends homeowners consider taking measures to reduce the level of deadly radon gas accumulating in their home. But the radon levels in a home can change over time. That's why it's important to check radon levels in your home periodically.

We need to understand a few things about radon gas. First, there is no known minimum safe level of radon concentration. Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the rocks deep in the soil. The radon is released and makes its way to the surface where it normally is carried away harmlessly by the wind. But if it surfaces around the foundation of a home it can enter, and accumulate, and build up dangerous concentration levels. It's particularly harmful to anyone who spends a lot of time or has a bedroom in the basement level of the home.

The problem isn't the radon gas itself, but the particles created as the radon begins to decay. These radioactive particles attach themselves to dust particles floating in the air, which then get breathed into the lungs by humans and animals. The particles can then alter the DNA in tissue cells lining the lungs causing these cells to mutate into cancer cells. Have you ever heard of someone who got lung cancer, yet never smoked a cigarette nor ever lived with a smoker? There's a good chance this person was exposed to radon gas. Studies have shown 15% of all lung cancers are linked to exposure to radon gas. One in every fourteen American Homes has high levels of radon gas accumulating inside. 

Call Lawson Home Services, the number ONE radon mitigation experts in Delaware*

*David Lawson, of Lawson Home Services, is the premier radon expert in the state of Delaware. He is the only certified radon mitigation compliance inspector in the state. 

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Radon testing in Wilmington, DE

The northern parts of the Delmarva peninsula and all of eastern Pennsylvania have notoriously high levels of naturally occurring radon gas seeping out of the ground. Radon isn't usually a big problem when it escapes directly into the atmosphere. But when it seeps into a home and accumulates it builds to dangerous levels, then decays into radioactive particles that bond with the dust in the air which are breathed in by the occupants. Once inside the body they can alter the DNA of nearby cells, causing them to turn into cancer cells. Studies show that about 15% of the lung cancer patients were exposed to high levels of radon gas, typically in their homes.

Nobody wants to live with this silent killer lurking in their home. That's why Alesia called Lawson Home Services to have us conduct a three day radon test of her home. The test revealed the average radon concentration inside her home to be 2.1 on the first floor. This is just slightly above the 2.0 threshold above which the EPA recommends considering taking action to reduce the levels of radon concentration inside a building. 

Is your home one of the every fourteen American homes that has high levels of this deadly gas building up inside their home? FIND OUT!

Stop worrying and call Lawson Home Services to schedule a radon test for your home.

 

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1918 row house in Wilmington presents access challenges for Lawson Home Services dedicated crew

These old row houses, while quaint, pose significant challenges for the installation of energy efficiency measures. But Lawson Home Services' dedicated crew punch through these challenges to deliver top notch quality work, despite the difficulties.

The insulation in the attic of this 1918 Wilmington, DE, row house was seriously insufficient and the house was leaking heat like water going through a sieve. The space in which the crew had to squeeze was extremely tight. We can only imagine the heat in that attic back in August when this work was done. In some of the pictures below you may have to look closely to see the workers, squeezed into tight places in the attic. 

In addition, these row houses typically had dirt crawlspaces. And, just like in the attic, the space was limited.

It took the crew five days to complete this arduous project. But we are certain the occupants will appreciate the efforts of Lawson's crew when the weather gets cold and the snowflakes are flying.  

 

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Home Insulation in Wilmington, DE

A 120 year-old brownstone townhouse is likely to require extensive work to bring it up to modern energy saving standards. These homes can be cold and drafty in the winter, hot and stuffy in the summer. And indeed this homeowner wanted the second story to be more comfortable year-round.  Dr. Energy Saver had the affordable solutions. 

The first priority is always the attic. Insulation does no good if air is leaking right through it. This occurs when air escapes into the attic through all sorts of pathways. These must be sealed  before the new insulation is installed. Soffits above upstairs windows on the front of the house were open directly to the attic causing much of the heat loss. These were sealed with OSB panels and air sealed with Zyp™ expanding foam. Since there was no access into the soffits or the attic, openings had to be created. The lights in the ceiling and the soffits are also a source of air leaks. These have to be individually sealed. The attic here was a very complicated job since there was insufficient space for a crew member to actually enter the attic to perform the work as is typically done in homes of newer construction. Everything had to be done through the openings. .

One of the things causing the rooms upstairs to be difficult to heat and cool was the leaky HVAC ductwork. Conditioned air from the furnace and A/C Lawson Home Services uses the amazing patented AeroSeal™ process, where HVAC ductwork is sealed from the inside out. Once ductwork is sealed air from the heat and cooling source actually gets to the upstairs rooms where is is needed, rather than leaking out into who knows where. The air sealing worked great and reduced the air leakage by over 72%

Many other things were done in this home as you can see in the pictures below 

 

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Annual Maintenance in Wilmington, DE

Lawson Home Services returned this year to perform the recommended annual maintenance on the SmartSump™ installed at this Wilmington, DE residence two years ago. 

The unit is inspected to see if cleaning is necessary - This pump was unusually clean as was the sump itself.  All the moving parts were inspected and found to be in good working order. The pump was test run and all checked out A-okay. 

Next the tech serviced the Breath Ez™ air cleaning equipment. The filter was changed out and the unit was verified to be operating properly.

By the way, we happened to notice the humidity levels inside this crawlspace was running a bit high. Keep an eye on that. If it gets any higher consider installing a SaniDry™ dehumidifier. to protect the floor structures from mold growth and wood rot. 

 

See you next year!

 

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Annual Maintenance in Wilmington, DE

It makes no sense at all to spend a lot of hard-earned money to install home comfort and energy savings measures in your home and then not have them inspected, maintained, and serviced on a regular basis. That's why these smart homeowners in Wilmington, DE, schedules their annual maintenance with Lawson Home Services. They know they can count on Lawson's trusty tech, Donnie Lonski, to have a look "under the hood", clean and adjust anything that is needed. That will keep them nice and comfortable in their home over the coming years.

Donnie carefully inspected and serviced the Sedona SaniDry™ dehumidifier we installed in their crawlspace several years ago, changed the filter, just like we did a year ago, adjusted the settings as needed, cleaned the drain hoses, and test ran the equipment. While it was running he checked the humidity level of the air coming out of the Sedona SaniDry™ unit - 26.3% humidity as dry as the desert air for which the unit is named. 

Next Donnie went on to check out the UltraSump™ pump. The unit looked great - almost no corrosion on the unit itself and very little sediment in the sump. He sealed the cover back on the unit and checked the control box. All good there. 

The home has a radon mitigation system - this was checked to ensure there is no buildup of dangerous lung cancer causing radon gas in the home. 

And finally an over all inspection of the CleanSpace™ crawlspace liner was done to be sure all the seams are holding and the liner remains secured to the crawlspace walls. A humidity reading was taken of the air in the crawlspace to verify that all is working as it should.  

Donnie says goodbye - we shall return in a year to see if all is still going well as expected. 

 

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Annual Maintenance in Wilmington, DE

It makes no sense to invest in home energy and comfort improvements then neglect to have those measures inspected and maintained annually. Lawson Home Services returned a year after completed a total insulation makeover of the attic and basement/crawlspace in this Wilmington, DE home. 
During the routine maintenance the SaniDry™ dehumidification equipment was serviced, including a filter cleaning and test run of the equipment to ensure it was functioning as designed. 
The humidity levels of the air inside and outside the home, as well as the moisture content of the wooden structures inside the home were tested and verified proper humidity levels were being maintained by the SaniDry™ dehumidifier. The SmartSump sump pump was inspected, cleaned, tested, and verified to be operating according to specification. 

Everything was found to be "A-Okay". Dr. Energy Saver will see you again next year.

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Radon System Service in Wilmington, DE

This smart homeowner had somehow heard about Lawson Home Service's distinguished reputation of being Delaware's leading expert on radon mitigation systems. She called us because she was concerned about the existing Radon System which had previously been installed in her home by another company. 

Lawson's savvy tech, Donnie Lonski, inspected her system and discovered everything had been installed properly.  When he disassembled the  depressurization fan he found it had become clogged with bees and other debris and dirt. All that was needed was a little cleaning. He reassembled the fan and the system was back to working perfectly.  

Lawson Home Services can inspect and service any radon mitigation system. Also, if you are wondering about the quality of your system, David Lawson, of Lawson Home Services,  was recently certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program as the state's only Soil Gas Mitigation Compliance Inspector. Mr. Lawson can conduct a third-party, arms length, inspection of any radon mitigation system in the state to determine if meets the current standards.   

 

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Energy Audit in Wilmington, DE reveals many opportunities for improvement

An energy audit of this Wilmington, DE home, built in 1954, reveals many things typical of homes built before 1970.  Typically in these homes we see a lack of insulation, both in the walls and in the attic.  Outdated and inefficient heating and air conditioning systems is also found quite often. But by far the greatest source of energy loss is one of which most homeowners are totally unaware - AIR LEAKS.  The "blower door" test indicated the combined air leaks in this home have the same effect as leaving a standard size window open 6-inches, YEAR-ROUND!  Using an infrared camera (see picture) the auditor found there was no insulation in the walls of this home.  YIKES! Imagine how much the cost of heating and cooling have been for this unfortunate homeowner. 

 

Dr. Energy Saver recommends removing the nasty old insulation, then starting with a fresh clean attic floor so the tedious work of air sealing can be done properly. After the air sealing work is completed 17 inches of fresh, new, fire resistant TruSoft™ cellulose insulation is blown onto the attic floor. This upgrades the R-value of the insulation from R16 all the way up to R60, a four-fold improvement. That will surely bring down the cost of heating and air conditioning.

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Crawlspace System Maintenance in Wilmington, DE

A technician from Lawson Home Services recently conducted the recommended routine maintenance on the dehumidification system that was installed in the crawlspace of this Wilmington, DE home several years ago.

Our technician conducted tests on the Sedona SaniDry™ dehumidifier and condensate pump to ensure their proper functioning. The technician cleaned and replaced the filter, as well as inspected all drain hoses to ensure there were no clogs and that they remained properly connected. Additionally, he tested the humidity levels in the air and the moisture content of the wooden structures in the crawlspace, both of which were found to be within ideal ranges.

Everything appeared to be in good condition within the crawlspace of this home. We plan to return in a year for the next scheduled maintenance.

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Fixing Leaky Duct Work in Wilmington, Delaware

When checking the duct work in homes, it is proven that all duct work leaks. Stopping these leaks typically will have a lasting impact on how well you can control your heating and cooling inside of your home. But how to stop duct leakage is an on-going issue with homeowners.

Here in Wilmington, Delaware homeowners were experiencing just those conditions. With gaps inside of the duct work, not only did this cause their HVAC system to turn on more than it should causing higher electric bills, the leaks in the duct work caused debris, air pollutants, and other air quality issues to be blown inside of the home. Also, the house leaked so bad that they could not heat or cool one side of the home! Imagine living in a home where one side is too uncomfortable to even spend time in. 

Dr. Energy Saver was called to help solve the problem the homeowners were experiencing. We recommended Aeroseal which is a process that seals cracks and holes in new and existing air duct systems. Seeing the added benefits of how aerosealing your duct work could benefit you in savings off your fuel and electric bills, the homeowners agreed to the work. 

We tested their duct work before sealing up the holes and leaks. The home had 722.5 CFM(Cubic Feet per Minute) of leakage. That is equivalent to a 136.5 square inch hole which is about 433.5 refrigerators full of air loss every hour! After aerosealing their duct work, we reduced the leakage down to 25.5 CFM of leakage which is equivalent to a 4.8 square inch hole. Overall, Dr. Energy sealed up 95.5% of the duct leakage improving the overall homes comfort and health! 

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Reduce Odors in Wilmington, Delaware

When homes encounter high humidity inside of their basement, it usually leads to odd or musty odors seeping through the floor into your living space making your home stay very uncomfortable. Homeowners in Wilmington, Delaware were suffering from that problem. 

With humidity levels inside of the basement higher than what was expected, condensation began to appear causing those odd odors. After calling out Dr. Energy Saver who diagnosed the issues they were having inside of the basement, the production got to work. 

The first matter at hand involved removing the previous damp and foul smelling insulation inside of the basement. We then installed our high performance energy efficient dehumidification system inside of the basement to control the relative humidity levels inside. This prevents condensation from happening and also prevents the potential of microbial growth. 

After the work was completed, the homeowners noticed the odor was no longer. Overrall, another happy and satisfied Dr. Energy Saver customer! 

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Wilmington Homeowner Saves Crawl Space with CleanSpace Encapsulation Matting

Insulation trouble is a very annoying and possibly costly problem.  When Wilmington homeowner John M. and his wife noticed that one of their rooms was cold in the winter and hot in the summer, they decided to start looking around for a contractor. The couple found themselves at a local home show where they saw a vendor for Dr. Energy Saver Delmarva. John filled out a form requesting a free estimate.

 

Shortly after filling out the form, the couple was contacted by Delmarva who wanted to send out a representative to the couple’s home.  The couple was soon met by Delmarva representative Michael Alicknavitch to inspect their home.  John explained that not only did the specific room need improvement, but there was also possible work in the crawl space and ducts.  After inspecting the home, Michael agreed that John was right and began to explain products that would fix the couples problems.  In the crawl space, Michael noticed a build up of outside moisture, and for this he recommended the CleanSpace encapsulation system coupled with a CleanSpace drainage matting.  The CleanSpace encapsulation system is installed along the floor and walls of a crawl space and is designed to prevent outside moisture from penetrating into the confines of the crawl space.  The drainage matting is designed to drain all moisture within the crawl space to a sump pump or other installed drainage system.  Throughout the rest of the house, Michael recommended that the ducts be sealed, and the specified room be insulated with closed cell spray foam insulation.  This type of insulation is an “all in one” insulation and is ideal for any home, even with the most extreme problems.

 

After going through what exactly was going to be installed and how it was going to be done, Michael called in Delmarva’s Production Team One to complete the process.  John finds that he and his wife are no longer having insulation problems anymore.  Their home feels better than ever and it’s all thanks to the professionals at Dr. Energy Saver Delmarva!

Wilmington, DE Homeowner Insulates Home with SuperKneeWall Insulation

Wilmington, DE homeowner Tom H. found himself in a predicament when he felt constant drafts coming through his home, especially during the winter months.  After trying to replace the windows, the siding, and parts of the roof to stop the drafts, Tom decided he wanted a professional to come in and find a way to make his home more comfortable. Tom immediately went online to search for contractors in his area, and he was soon redirected to Dr. Energy Saver Delmarva whom he contacted.

 

Soon after being contacted, Delmarva sent out insulation specialist Michael Alicknavitch to talk with Tom and evaluate his home.  After greeting one another, Tom began to explain the problem he was facing to Michael and he showed him specific areas in the home where he felt a draft coming through.  Michael analyzed the specific areas and then asked to inspect the crawl space.  In the crawl space, Michael found that the insulation installed had deteriorated due to excess moisture that had accumulated in the crawl space over time.  After taking a look at a few other sections of the home, Michael began to explain solutions to Tom’s problem.  Michael recommended that specified areas of the home be insulated with SuperKneeWall insulation and other areas of the main floors be insulated and air sealed to prevent future drafts.  For the crawl space, Michael knew that the excess moisture had to be eliminated, so he proposed the installation of a CleanSpace encapsulation system. This system is installed along the walls and floor of the crawl space and prevents moisture from penetrating its surface and getting into the confines of the crawl space.  Finally, Michael recommended installing new insulation in the crawl space and air sealing it as well.  

 

Michael called in Delmarva’s Production Team One to complete the installation process.  Drafts are no longer a problem in this Wilmington home, thanks to the professionals at Dr. Energy Saver Delmarva. Tom is now finally comfortable in his home and can enjoy it to its fullest potential with friends and family for years to come!

Improving Home Comfort with Crawl Space Encapsulation & More

Over the years, Tom H. has replaced windows, siding, and the roof of his home.  He has also done other renovation work, but still the house is uncomfortable and drafty during the cold winter months.   Finally it was time to find a permanent solution for this undesirable situation. 

Tom H. searched online and found Dr. Energy Saver Delmarva- his local energy contractor.  Michael Alicknavitch is an energy specialist who checked out Tom’s home and determined that adding SuperAttic, spray foam insulation to the basement/crawl space, the SuperKnee Wall insulation and air sealing treatment, and the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system with SilverGlo would definitely solve his home comfort problems.

SuperAttic and SilverGlo are similar because they are both rigid foam insulation panels that fully seal and insulate the space they are in.  Each one is perfect for their application because it is not messy and will sufficiently and effectively slow the flow of heat.  Now Tom H. and his family can enjoy a comfortable, warm, and cozy home throughout the winter and not worry about drafts and heat easily escaping.  

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High energy bills during the hotter and colder months of the year.
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