Unbeknownst to many, up to 50% of the air in your household can flow up from your crawlspace. Water vapor from the ground can permeate the crawlspace, even through cement. Because of this, crawlspace encapsulation is increasing in popularity as a remedy for these indoor moisture issues.
Some common signs of moisture issues in your home include mold, a mildew or musty smell, soft or separating floors, increasing cooling costs or utility bills, wet insulation, sweating windows, and problems with pests.
The crawlspace encapsulation process has two steps: first is the installation of a polyethylene barrier that completely covers the crawlspace with sealing tape used to connect the pieces of the barrier throughout the area; once that is complete, the air must then be conditioned to maintain a healthy humidity level which is usually done through the use of a dehumidifier.
Crawlspace encapsulation provides many benefits to both your home and the health of your family. The benefits include:
- Improved health: The air quality of your home can be greatly improved with crawlspace encapsulation, making it easier and healthier to breathe.
- Increased comfort: Crawlspace enclosure helps keep floors warmer in the winter and the house less muggy in the summer, leading to increased comfort for everyone.
- Decreased humidity: Enclosing your crawlspace helps decrease the amount of moisture in the home, reducing the risk of rotting wood and buckling floors which can lead to costly repairs over time.
- Energy savings: Crawlspace enclosure improves energy efficiency in your home by lessening the work required to run HVAC units. This also puts less wear and tear on your heating and cooling systems, making them last longer. In fact, crawlspace enclosure has been shown to decrease utility bills by up to 18%.
- Financial incentives: Some utility companies offer rebates and other incentives for improvements such as crawlspace enclosure. The Federal government (and some state and local governments, as well) also offers tax incentives for home performance improvements.
- Real estate potential: Crawlspace encapsulation and its benefits can be an attractive feature that appeals to potential buyers of your home.
- Pest control: Enclosing your crawlspace creates a less hospitable environment for pests, helping to keep them out of your home for good.
Crawlspace encapsulation is not an easy process. It typically requires professional installation through a licensed company. It can, however, help you to avoid serious foundation issues in your home and health issues for yourself and your family. Contact us today for a free Complete Crawlspace estimate.