What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

The main purpose of a crawl space is to promote air circulation through the home and also to allow easy access to plumbing, electrical and similar maintenance, repair and installation appliances.
Houses that are built over a crawl space often suffer from moisture related issues due to the crawl space’s surroundings. Naturally, when moisture mixes with wood it creates all sorts of problems that come along with it, which often lead to the deterioration of a house.

Excess indoor moisture contributes to many problems, such as: mold; mildew; wood rot; termite infestation; floor failure; increased energy bills; odors; insects; dust mites; allergies; and poor indoor air quality. Excess moisture in a crawl space causes the crawls space to become an actual breeding ground for mice, rats, snakes and other wildlife and pests that can thrive in this damp, dark habitat.

Some of the issues you’ll deal with in a crawl space are obvious, like your air-conditioning or heating units’ malfunction problems that you’ll often observe in your house. In the summer, you can find it very difficult to cool the house because the humidity is very high in the crawl space, it is flowing up through the house and making it hard for your HVAC unit to function properly. In the winter, you will find the floor too cold, and your tile floor or even hardwood floor is particularly very cold. Even though the humidity is lower in the winter, you will still have efficiency issues if the crawl space is not sealed and insulated properly.

The best solution to avoid indoor moisture issues is crawl space encapsulation since this barrier and dehumidifier combination protects the crawl space from excess moisture and its related problems.

Safer Home Services prides itself in providing an efficient crawl space encapsulation system. You will find a significant reduction in your heating and cooling cost, and savings in your energy bills. You will enjoy the comfort of lower humidity, especially in the summer.

  • The Crawl Space Encapsulation Process Explained in 5 Steps

    Here are the simple steps to successfully encapsulate your crawl space:

    1. Initial Inspection: Kick off the process with a comprehensive assessment of your crawl space to identify its current state and requirements.
    2. Cleanup and Preparation: Clear out any existing debris, pests, or mold from the crawl space, setting the stage for encapsulation.
    3. Installation of Vapor Barrier: Lay down a robust vapor barrier on the crawl space floor and walls to effectively block out moisture.
    4. Sealing and Insulation: Seal all vents, doors, and potential air leaks, then insulate the crawl space for enhanced energy efficiency.
    5. Dehumidifier Installation and Final Review: Install a dehumidifier to manage humidity levels and conduct a final inspection to ensure the successful completion of the encapsulation process.

    With these five simple steps, the crawl space encapsulation process can transform your home into an energy-efficient and healthier living environment.

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