Are you wondering if you could benefit from crawl space encapsulation? Most crawl spaces are dark and moist. If the moisture in the area is not controlled, this will lead to issues that will in turn create new issues around your home. Here’s what you should know about crawl space encapsulation.
What is crawl space encapsulation?
Crawl space encapsulation is a popular way to avoid indoor moisture issues. A heavy-duty polyethylene barrier will completely cover the crawl space, including walls, foundation, and ceiling. This water vapor barrier sections will be connected with sealing tape. The final step is to add to a de-humidifier to regulate the crawl spaces moisture level. Crawl space encapsulation can be done by professionals or by the homeowner. The following are four benefits to crawl space encapsulation.
Benefit #1: Improved air quality in all areas of home
Encapsulating the crawl space and controlling moisture levels will help prevent mold growth from becoming an issue. Mold can lead to health issues such as wheezing, asthma, nasal congestion, and throat irritation. Humidity will also be controlled, which will reduce bacteria growth in the crawl space and around your home. Moisture can also lead to mildew and dust mites, none of which are beneficial to your home or your health. Approximately 50% of the air in your home comes from the crawl space, so you want it to be the cleanest air possible.
Benefit #2: Foundation will be protected
Crawl space encapsulation will protect the foundation of your home. Moisture can cause the foundation to become weak. You want a strong foundation that will remain steady and strong to protect your home. Moisture can also cause rot in wooden floor joists. The foundation, support beams, and floor joists play a big role in protecting your crawl space area and home. The cost of repairing any of these won’t be cheap. They are also likely to happen again in the future without crawl space encapsulation.
Benefit #3: Eliminates hot and cold drafts
An unsealed crawl space will allow hot or cold air, depending on the season, into the space and into your home. You will save money in the long run by having your crawl space encapsulated. You won’t need to use the air conditioning as much during the summer or heat your home as much during the winter because your home won’t be as drafty. This will decrease your overall energy costs.
Benefit #4: Discourages pests and insects
A dry, moisture controlled crawl space will be inhospitable to pests and insects, such as termites, that may make their home there. Termites are known to prefer wet wood overly dry. If you notice pests, insects, or other little creatures around your home, or want to prevent the problem before it starts, the crawl space will benefit from encapsulation.
Encapsulation should be considered by anyone whose home has a crawl space. As outlined above, the benefits of encapsulation make it worth the cost. You will end up saving money on other things such as your energy bill, pest control, foundation and other home repairs. Taking this preventive measure is one you won’t regret.