If your home has a crawl space, you might have considered crawl space encapsulation at some point. However, how can you be sure that crawl space encapsulation is right for your home? We are going to take a closer look at which types of crawl spaces require encapsulation, and what you should do to protect your home.
What Is Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Crawl space encapsulation, or sealing, is the treatment that building scientists recommend to turn a damp, dirty, moldy crawl space into a clean, dry space where mold can’t grow. Encapsulation can be compared to the lining added to swimming pools to avoid leaks. A heavy-duty polyethylene barrier is added to completely cover your crawl space, including the floors, foundation walls, and sometimes even ceiling.
What Types Of Crawl Spaces Require Encapsulation?
Encapsulation is only needed with a dirt floor crawlspace. The crawl space encapsulation process includes covering the dirt floor and foundation walls with a heavy crawl space vapor barrier. The installation of crawlspace encapsulation can usually be completed in one day for many homes. Your crawl space may require encapsulation if you notice any of the following signs:
- Mold or moisture damage
- Condensation or “sweating” on air conditioning ductwork or equipment
- Condensation on pipes
- Soggy insulation
- Hanging or fallen insulation
- Insect/pest infestations
- Rotted wooden framing
- Water on the dirt or concrete floor
Should I Encapsulate My Crawl Space?
As the rainy season quickly approaches, you need to ensure that your home’s crawl space is properly protected against flooding. Regardless of the rain, you must be sure that your crawl space is not a detriment to you or your family’s health.
Crawl space encapsulation will help with improved air quality in your crawl space by preventing first and dust from entering your air ducts in your home. It will create an inhospitable area for pests and wood-destroying insects so that you won’t have to worry about pesky pests. It will even allow for more comfortable living conditions and allow you to avoid fungi/mold issues and structural damage.
Crawl space encapsulation can provide greater energy efficiency in your home. In fact, it can reduce your energy bills by up to 20%! A lot of heat and energy is wasted as it seeps out of your home’s crawl space. Stop wasting energy today by sealing your crawl space.
How To Encapsulate Your Crawl Space
If you notice any signs of damage, flooding, or poor air quality due to your crawl space, it may be time to consider encapsulation. The highly trained experts at Dry-Tek Environmental have years of experience working with crawl spaces just like yours.
We offer a full range of crawl space services including crawl space encapsulation, crawl space drain systems, crawl space waterproofing, and indoor air quality checks to provide a complete crawl space solution. For more information on crawl space encapsulation or to start your crawl space encapsulation today, contact the trusted professionals at Dry-Tek Environmental.