If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t think about your crawl space too often, which isn’t surprising as it’s tucked far under your living quarters. However, you may want to take action and upgrade this part of your house as it can positively affect your health and increase the value of your property. Getting a crawl space encapsulation can provide several benefits.
Creating a Barrier to Prevent the Spread of Dampness
Crawl space encapsulation utilizes a vapor barrier in the unfinished area in the bottom of your home. This is done to stop dampness and other unwanted elements, such as mold and mildew, from rising into the higher levels of your home. The barriers used can consist of different materials, ranging from plastic sheeting to reinforced layers of polyester. If you have severe dampness or mold growth problems, it can be extremely beneficial to choose this option.
Benefiting From Sealing in a Problem Area
Using a barrier to seal in a problem area that is wet and damp can provide several benefits. Consider these advantages when you’re thinking about utilizing this on your property.
1. Reduces the Chance of Getting Mildew or Mold in Your Living Quarters
Having mold in your home can cause several health problems. Also, even mild exposure may irritate your skin, eyes and set off allergic reactions. One of the keys to controlling this problem is by reducing and eliminating moisture. If you currently have mold lurking in dark corners of your property, it’s best to get rid of it and make sure it doesn’t spread. Utilizing a moisture-proof barrier over the area will help ensure you’re protected from any spread of mold or mildew.
2. Improves Indoor Air Quality
A significant amount of air can enter your home’s upper levels when you aren’t using a crawl space encapsulation to isolate the area. If you don’t have any mold growth problems or dampness, this doesn’t pose a threat and the air quality is probably reasonably good. However, if you have any moisture or mold growth, your air quality could be affected. As much as 50 percent of the air you breathe can come from your crawl space. Using a vapor barrier to close off the area can be highly advantageous to your health.
3. Ensures Structural Integrity
Having excess moisture near the structure of your home can cause a considerable amount of damage over time. Isolating areas with dampness can safeguard your property from having structural problems. Stopping the threat of mold growth can be a significant contributor to keeping the structural integrity of your home intact. Having mold grow in any of your home’s upper areas can weaken the wood and decrease integrity. The entire floor and framing in your house’s bottom area can be especially vulnerable to rot, which is expensive to repair. Being proactive can save you from frustration and high expenses in the future
4. Creates Comfort
Another benefit of using crawl space encapsulation is its ability to make your house feel more comfortable. Having this service completed should reduce the sticky, hot feeling you might feel in the summer. When the lower space of your home is closed off, it creates a layer of insulation. This can help reduce the humid, sticky feeling you often get with excess moisture.
5. Cuts Down on Energy Bills
Encapsulating the crawl space on your property should also help cut your heating and cooling bill’s cost. Adding a layer of insulation to an area where air can escape can help make it more efficient to utilize your heating and air-conditioning equipment. Taking the time to isolate moisture and the potential for mold growth can be a win-win situation when you open up your energy bill and see that it’s been reduced.
6. Helps Keep Out Termites and Other Pests
Isolating your crawl space can also help keep out pests, such as termites, which can wreak havoc with your North or South Carolina home. Also, creating a barrier against mice and other vermin can help stop the infiltration. Reducing this threat should provide you with peace of mind in knowing that you won’t have to deal with unwanted pests running around your floor in the middle of the day or night.
Making an Investment
If you’ve got any moisture in the lower depths of your property, it may be an excellent choice to invest in a crawl space encapsulation. As you can see, doing so offers several benefits. Also, not only will it ensure that your property stays structurally sound, but it can make you feel more comfortable and assist in creating a healthier environment. If you’d like to see if this service can help in your situation, please contact us. Also, we’d be happy to assess the situation and discuss your options for a suitable solution.
Furthermore, if you are looking for services outside crawl space encapsulation, we also have the following services:
- Basement Waterproofing
- Foundation Waterproofing
- Home Construction
- Home Renovation
- Interior Drainage
- Mold Remediation