Up to 50% of household air can flow up from your crawl space. Since indoor moisture issues can have a major negative impact on your living conditions, it’s important to keep this area clean and dry.
Encapsulating your crawl space is a way to seal the crawl space and preventing excess moisture from penetrating your home. Areas such as the floors, foundation walls, and even the ceiling would be completely covered by heavy-duty polyethylene barrier.
An excessive amount of moisture and water vapor in your home can cause many problems. Water vapor can move easily through a porous surface such as home flooring. This permits the moisture to enter easily through it and into your home. Excess moisture can cause mold, mildew, sweating windows, and pest issues.
It also helps to control high cooling costs, or if there is an issue of separating floors and wet insulation. A vapor barrier in your crawl space will improve the quality of air in your crawl space, as well as create more comfortable living conditions in the home. It will prevent mold and structural issues and make your home more energy efficient
Many think sealing and encapsulation are the same thing. While they are alike, sealing is just wrapping the floor and some part of the walls. On the other hand, encapsulation covers everything. This includes the floors, walls and even ceiling. Many companies also insulate the access doors.
Many people want to encapsulate their crawl space themselves in order to make the project cost-effective. However, there are risks to going DIY on a project like this. You could end up with the wrong materials, a badly encapsulated crawl space, and even more problems than you had before!
A professional company, like Virginia Foam, will first survey your area, find out if there are any underlying issues and also make sure the space is suitable for encapsulation. Professionals are up to date with the latest techniques and know how to deal with all kind of crawl spaces, irrespective of shape and size. So, it is best to hire someone to get the job done right first time.
If you have any questions in mind about crawl space encapsulation, give us a call! We’d be happy to help you!