Do you think the air loss will be minimal in the following situationUnderground duct with some separation at the joints, trenched and encased in pea gravel but surrounded with clay soil. There is…Continue
"I disagree with cleaning the A-coil being more effective than fixing or moving away from underground ducts. Huge difference.
In ground ducting - if rotted out will leak air into the ground - even through the clay. The clay may be…"
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"Not sure how much if any air is leaking. If it is leaking where does it ultimately go? I agree, doubt it's worth messing with. If the A-coil is over 5 years old and not been cleaned, cleaning would yield a much quicker payback time."
"Seriously, underground ducts? I've never seen it done where it didn't end up with rotted ducts, condensation standing in the ducts and growing healthy mold, attracting rodents who like the conditioned and safe nesting areas, and…"
"So...the subslab duct is supply, which would provide dilution to the subslab zone through the existing air leaks. The non-operational system would provide pressure relief venting when the furnace is operating and potentially allow outside air to…"
"The house is a long ranch and had a 220 cfm radon system. The system has vertical 3" pipe and a horizontal 2" branch pipe to another vertical penetration. The installer felt he needed two suction points. The 2" suction point is within…"
"Wow. The radon monitor can be considered a good one but it is always best to use other devices that can be calibrated to compare the results. Pro-sirens seem to have a life and after 5 years the data can get iffy...especially when you are bouncing…"
"When considering where the bottom (air barrier) of this house is, the clay soil is it because of the relative leakage of the ductwork. Without the duct system, the clay soil could still represent that due to leakage through the concrete slab at the…"
Do you think the air loss will be minimal in the following situationUnderground duct with some separation at the joints, trenched and encased in pea gravel but surrounded with clay soil. There is also a 4" layor of pea gravel under the slab. The perimeter of the house is CMU block with clay backfill.i.e. do you think the clay will stop the air flow leakage like clay stops water flow.He wants to seal the ducts and I tell him he is wasting his money.See More
"Unless you use a plastic like material - they rot out. HVAC also is used for air conditioning. Older 60's, 70's, 80's houses weren't as careful about insulating the foundation, drainage, etc. Even some of…"
"Kevin, I agree, he would be wasting his money to seal the sub-slab ductwork.
There is only one appropriate retrofit measure for ducts below a slab: fill with concrete and relocate ductwork within the building.
I've put a camera in a sub-slab…"
"I have seen in a 30yr old condo below slab PVC pipe ductwork had major problems with the galvanized metal boots or couplings connecting the floor registers cut into the slab floor. The boots simply rusted out so most of the air…"
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