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Old 02-14-2009, 05:28 PM   #1
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My problem is 1st floor frozen tub trap and cold floors.
Before I go any further thier is the correct size insulation between enginered floor joist and closed off entirely with cement board.

Also house is located on edge of (The Great Marsh) wind and water is extreme.

This past fall ( after last years frozen trap) I checked and repaired all missing insulation and boxed in and insulated around the problem trap.

Then I put canned foam insulation between any cracks or small openings
around cement board. This area is 20 x 46. This did little help with this years cold temps. Trap still frozen and floors still cold.
I,m now thinking about a insulated skirt around house. But I do get a foot 0r more of tidal water under the house offen. I do not think any type of insulation could withstand tidal water.
Also house is located on edge of (The Great Marsh) wind and water is extreme. Did I allready say that? any ideas? thanx snider

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Old 02-14-2009, 06:33 PM   #2
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Stopping the wind would eliminate the wind chill factor
The ground usually stays at 50-55
If you can cut & block the wind that may solve the problem

How high up is the house?

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Old 02-14-2009, 07:52 PM   #3
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The house is about 3 ft. off the ground.
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I think your problem will be the tidal water
Other then a thick cement wall I doubt anything will stop that
And many areas you want the underneath open to allow storms to pass flood water thru

When you say correct size insulation, is it R30 or higher?
Heat rises, so your heat will usually go up, not down
Another thought is electric heat wrap on the pipes

I would consider building down a foot from the house & adding more insulation
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building down & insulating sounds like a good idea. Have to figure cost. May look into spray on foam also. thanx snider
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Ayuh,...

How about infloor radiant heat while you're building down,..??
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Thats another good idea.Have to see if boiler can handle another zone or two.
thanx snider

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