If you have a home, there are many things you should do to keep it maintained. One of these things is encapsulating the crawl space. Below is information on what this is, as well as benefits of choosing to do this.
Encapsulating a Crawl Space
Encapsulating a crawl space is placing a barrier on the walls and flooring. The contractor first cleans the crawl space out. Depending on what they find, they may need to contact a pest control contractor or do a mold inspection.
Once everything is cleaned out, the moisture barrier is placed on the walls and flooring. Double-sided tape is used to seal the barrier. The contractor will then install a dehumidifier that will remove moisture that may get inside the crawl space. There are dehumidifiers that are made for crawl spaces. Some have a monitor that you can use to keep track of the moisture inside the crawl space without having to crawl into this space.
Benefits of Encapsulating a Crawl Space
There are many benefits of encapsulating a crawl space. One big one is it will lower your heating and air bill each month. This is because there will not be air loss that comes from the crawl space. Encapsulating the crawl space also reduces the chance of getting mildew or mold in the crawl space. This is because mold and mildew must have moisture and encapsulating removes all the moisture.
There are many pests and insects that enter your home through a crawl space, such as mice, roaches, etc. Sealing this space will prevent them from gaining access to it. You then do not have to worry about these pests and insects getting inside your home.
You will also notice improved air quality. You may be surprised that a lot of air that you and your family breathe comes from the crawl space. If there is mold and mildew in this space, mold spores will get in the air inside your home. With encapsulation, this will not happen. This is especially beneficial for people in your home that have allergies or other issues.
If you have wood or tiled flooring, you will notice your flooring feels much warmer when you get out of bed. This is because your crawl space is now insulated so this cold air will not reach the floor in the winter months.
The contractor that you hire can give you much more information on how they encapsulate a crawl space. To learn more, contact a crawl space encapsulation service.