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Crawl Space Encapsulation & Repair

Protect your crawl space with encapsulation and avoid dangerous problem signs such as mold, wood rot, and sagging floors.

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What Causes Crawl Space Damage?

Moisture is a crawl space’s biggest enemy and typically the main reason for crawl space damage. Other causes include: 

  • Humidity
  • Pests
  • Overspanned Floor Joists
  • Open Crawl Space Vents
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    Crawl space encapsulation is needed to protect your home during the wettest months in Texas – usually May, June, and October. During these months, your crawl space is bombarded by both groundwater and rising humidity in the air. 

    Without the proper protection, moisture leads to hazardous problem signs which affect your personal health and the health of your entire home. Encapsulation is also needed because it improves your home’s air quality, energy efficiency, and structural integrity for years to come.

    Did you know that more than 50 percent of the air you breathe in your home comes from the crawl space? That’s why crawl space encapsulation is so important. Without it, you could be breathing in contaminants from mold, pests, and the outside air. You’ll avoid health problems like allergies or respiratory issues with crawl space encapsulation. 

    Even better, crawl space encapsulation helps you save money by lowering energy costs. If humid air is able to rise up from your crawl space, it spreads throughout your home and forces your HVAC system to work on overdrive. Encapsulation stops this process from happening. 

    If you want to protect your health and save money at the same time, crawl space encapsulation is the solution for you.

    It certainly can. When crawl space problem signs arise, they often spread to your insulation and make it ineffective. This raises energy costs in your home and will require repairs, which FSS can help with.

    We don’t recommend going into your crawl space to check for mold. It is hazardous to humans and navigating your crawl space can be dangerous without the proper training. Look out for other signs of crawl space mold including musty odors or mold growth in your own home.

    While you could purchase a store-bought vapor barrier, the installation process needs to be perfect. Any misstep will still allow moisture to seep below your home and cause all the same problems as before.

    Common Crawl Space Tips & Mistakes

    Crawl Space Tips

    • Great for Storage: Crawl spaces can be used for extra storage if they’re large enough. Making use of the space can be beneficial, but make sure to keep it protected with crawl space encapsulation, so your belongings aren’t damaged. 
    • Check Your Floors: Pay attention to how the floors in your home feel under your feet as you walk. If they are bouncy, creaky, or seem to sag, you may be dealing with a crawl space issues. Call FSS for a free inspection so you can know for sure. 
    • Cover the Vents: Many crawl spaces are built with open vents along their foundation walls. This makes it easy for outdoor humidity to quickly enter the crawl space. Cover these vents to avoid unnecessary humidity below your home.

    Crawl Space Mistakes

    • No Regular Maintenance: If you’re not checking on your crawl space once every few months, problem signs are likely to arise. Make sure to look at the outside for any signs of pests getting below your home and call a professional to crawl under your house for a more thorough check up. 
    • Thinking the Problem Will Go Away: If you smell musty odors in your home or notice your energy bills going up, don’t write it off as a strange, one-time occurrence. Get your crawl space checked by the experts at FSS and stay on top of potential issues. 
    • Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Many homeowners simply ignore their crawl space because it is below their home. Taking an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude about this type of foundation is a big mistake. Your crawl space supports your home, so it needs adequate attention.

    Proudly Serving Central and South Texas

    Austin, TX

    Austin, TX

    Austin receives a lower-than-average amount of rainfall every year, which means the environment is mostly dry. These dry conditions take a toll on your concrete and foundation over time.

    San Antonio TX

    San Antonio TX

    With an abundance of either sandy loam soil or clay soil in certain areas, San Antonio homes experience different types of damage.

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