Are you aware of the benefits of crawlspace encapsulation? Here are some of them.
Before we move towards the benefits of crawlspace encapsulation, let’s spare a moment to understand what encapsulation is. Encapsulation is the term used for the process of separating your living space from the space underneath. In crawlspace encapsulation, the outside vents are sealed. Furthermore, on the exposed surfaces, a vapor retarder is installed. As a result, the rim joist and the walls are insulated. Crawlspace encapsulation resembles a swimming pool lining, which prevents leakages.
When Is Crawlspace Encapsulation Required?
Now, let’s discuss the situations in which crawlspace encapsulation is required. It is mostly needed when moisture increases and needs to be taken care of. It is a no-brainer that the crawlspace is usually damp and dark. The dampness in the crawlspace that provides the perfect conditions for mold and mildew growth and pests can ruin your indoor air quality.
Crawlspace moisture also gives birth to organisms that can deteriorate wooden surfaces and also cause wood rot.
So, how does one find out whether or not there is a moisture problem? Just take a look and find out whether or not there is water accumulation around the pipes and the concrete walls within the crawlspace. If you notice water in these areas, you have a moisture problem, and you should have it fixed as quickly as possible.
Benefits of Crawlspace Encapsulation
Let’s discuss some of the most common benefits of crawlspace encapsulation.
- Improves the air quality within the crawlspace as well as in other areas of your home.
- Eliminates wood-eating pests and insects.
- Makes living conditions cleaner, safer and more comfortable.
- Prevents mold damage and structural deterioration.
- Makes your home more energy-efficient.
Things to Consider Before Having Your Crawlspace Encapsulated
- First of all, get rid of combustion and drainage problems. Next, eliminate mold and mildew within those areas.
- If there is water in the area underneath the living space, get if fixed by a professional plumber before having the crawlspace encapsulated.
- If the gas furnace or heater is emitting carbon monoxide, get it fixed before encapsulation. Encapsulating with such emission can send harmful gases into your living space.
- Make sure the vents, floors, and walls are sealed properly.
- Use specialized spray foam to seal the vents.
- Before crawlspace encapsulation, make sure the crawlspace is perfectly dried. To condition the air, you can resort to a dehumidifier alongside your existing HVAC system.
By now, you must have understood how important an encapsulated crawlspace is for your indoor air quality. Before having the crawlspace encapsulated, make sure not to skimp on any of the tips mentioned above.