Posted on: 3 August 2017
Crawl spaces under a home are dark, camp, the perfect hiding place for bugs and other pests, mold and mildew, and stagnant air. Having ventilation into the area can help a bit with the air issues, but also provides adequate air for any animals and mold to survive. The critters and mold can destroy the underside of your foundation, cause insulation to fall out, and spread disease into the house. If you are having a new home built, ask the engineer and architect to create a design that does not need one at all. However, if your home is already built, the best way to handle the problems is by encapsulating the area. Here are just a few of the benefits you will have once the crawl space is sealed off completely.
Better Energy Efficiency
The vapor barrier used for encapsulation reduce the amount of air that passes through the floor of your home, keeping it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer to reduce the amount of energy used and lowering your bills. It will also help keep the insulation intact to further protect the air in your home.
Extend the Life of Flooring
Because the barrier used for encapsulation reduces the humidity in the crawl space, your flooring will not become damp. This will keep any concrete from crumbling and any wood from rotting.
Protect any HVAC Equipment and Plumbing Fixtures
Critters and dampness can cause damage to HVAC equipment and pipes that are housed in the crawlspace. Having a strong barrier to protect against these problems will ensure you are not having to repair or replace important parts of your home prematurely.
Prevent Illness Due to Bad Air
Stagnant air under your home can creep into the house. If you have HVAC ducting under the building the amount of bad air that can come in from the crawl space increases. Once the encapsulation is complete you may notice you can breathe easier and your family does not come down with colds and other illnesses as often.
The main reason for a crawl space is to provide access to the underside of the building and any pipes, ducting, or other things that are under there for the different systems in your home. Encapsulation keeps the area available for all this and for access to it while protecting the area from environmental elements and unwanted pests. It will save you money and protect your home. Contact a service, like Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc., for more help.Share