Crawl space encapsulation might be necessary If moisture control – moisture remediation does not provide the right solution for your moisture problem. Encapsulation should be considered for more extreme circumstances or because the customer prefers that method due to the clean environment it creates within the crawl space. This can be costly due to the thicker materials used but provides a superior solution. Instead of the 6 mil poly used for installing a vapor barrier, we use a 14 mil reinforced poly which is comparable to a 20 mil poly, almost like a tarp. We tape and seal all seams, run it up the piers and up the foundation wall, which is something that we don’t normally do but is necessary to completely seal and block air to the crawl space. We can also put foam board insulation on the walls to provide further protection. Dehumidification is vital in an encapsulation system like this. We won’t do the encapsulations unless the customer has already researched it and knows that is what they want or it’s an extreme circumstance in which the crawl space is so wet and damp that it merits the need for an extra level of control.
Having your crawl space encapsulated makes both your home and your crawl space healthier places to be and provides a proven method of pest control. By sealing off crawl space vents, insects and animals are prevented from gaining access to your home. Once any pest is in your crawl space they will eventually move inside your house looking for moisture, food, or a more comfortable climate. By encapsulating the crawl space you deter many of these pests from entering your home by way of the foundation or floors. Moisture removal will create an uninviting environment for mold, rot, dust mites and certain pests such as cockroaches. It will also neutralize foul smells caused by mildew and animals.
Other Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation
Energy efficiency is another reason to consider a crawl space encapsulation. By sealing the vents, summer heat and winter cold are kept out of the space. When cold winter air flows over hot water pipes, heat ducts or furnaces it makes them work harder to maintain a normal temperature. Cold air in the crawl space can also mean a cold floor above it. In the summertime, heat and humidity enter the space and the humid air condensates on the wood and metal sometimes traveling up into your home. It is harder to cool humid air than dry air making it more expensive to run an air conditioner.
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