Crawl Space Encapsulation

Crawl spaces are predisposed to moisture, dampness and humidity, which make them a suitable environment for mold, mildew and wood rot. Homes that are built on crawlspaces experience moisture evaporation from the ground, which can cause major humidity in the home. This high level of humidity in crawl spaces causes mold, mildew and foul odors not only in the crawl space, but also throughout the interior of the home. Moisture and wood rot can cause structural problems, such as sagging beams and floor joists, which are not uncommon problems for homeowners with crawl spaces.

Crawl Space Encapsulation with Vapor Barrier

Many US homeowners install crawl space encapsulation systems and see immediate positive results. Crawl space encapsulation systems with vapor barrier effectively reduce moisture and enhance the environment of the crawl space. In addition to moisture prevention, crawl space encapsulation also eliminates musty odors that are intensified as moisture levels increase. When humidity in the crawl space is kept to below 50-55%, foul odors due to mold are eradicated. Wood rot and wood-boring insects, such as termites and carpenter ants, are eliminated, as well. By installing a vapor barrier, the crawlspace environment is controlled for moisture, humidity, structural problems, mold and odors. The result is that circulating odors and air quality throughout the house are greatly improved. Yet another benefit to a crawl space encapsulation system is that once the vapor barrier is installed and crawl space vents are sealed, heating bills will decrease, floors will be warm and pipes will not freeze during wintertime. 

Crawl Space Encapsulation Results

Respected restoration companies utilize a method that includes literally encasing the crawl space with a vapor barrier, closing all crawl space vents and conditioning the crawlspace. This method is recommended by top crawl space experts as well as engineers, building scientists, and government agencies and is backed by the latest housing research. The results are immediate and drastic. There is significant reduction in humidity, which results in marked improvement of air quality and musty odor elimination throughout the crawl space and the home. Visually, the appearance of the crawl space is striking: it is neat and bright. Our homeowners can use the previously unused damp, humid and often moldy area as a clean, temperature–regulated storage space. Homeowners have the added benefit of energy efficiency and reduced energy bills. The elimination of fungus and mold, as well as pest and insect control, are natural results of reduced moisture and humidity. The improvements are substantial!

Crawl Space Encapsulation Benefits via Vapor Barrier Installation

The installation of a quality crawl space vapor barrier is necessary for a healthy home. Crawl space encapsulation systems lower moisture and humidity, allowing for the following benefits:

Mold and Odor Prevention

An un-insulated crawl space has a high degree of moisture. Installing a vapor barrier reduces moisture greatly, preventing mold and foul odors from forming in the crawl space and traveling into the rest of the house.

Insect and Rodent Elimination

Moisture in the crawl space attracts wood-boring pests and insects that feed on and destroy wood substructure. These insects attract rodents, such as mice and rats, who feed on these insects. As crawl space moisture and humidity problems are eliminated via the encapsulation system, pest and rodent infestation and resulting wood rot are eradicated, as well.

Energy Efficiency

High moisture levels in crawl spaces impact temperature throughout the house. The installed vapor barrier seals the crawl space, controlling moisture and allowing energy efficiency and lower energy bills.

Crawl Space Insulated Floors

The moisture from the floor of the crawl space rises to the first floor of the home. Insulated crawl spaces control temperature in the home throughout the year.

Frozen and Burst Pipe Protection

Crawl space insulation prevents pipes from freezing and bursting in wintertime.

Temperature Regulated Storage Space Addition

Vapor barrier installation allows for the crawl space to be utilized as a clean and dry storage space.

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