3 Problems That Are Solved With Crawl Space Encapsulation

Posted on: 8 September 2017

Crawl space encapsulation involves putting waterproof barriers on the floor and sides of the crawl space under your home to keep it dry. Before that can be done, the contractor may need to clean up water damage and restore the area. Drying out your crawl space may be a lot of work and expense, but it is worth it. Here are some reasons why you should have the crawl space under your home encapsulated.

It Helps Control Pest Problems

Roaches and other annoying bugs are drawn to areas of high humidity and dampness. When your crawl space is water damaged, it can attract a variety of bugs. With the bugs living right under your house, it is a short trip for them to invade your living quarters. You may be constantly fighting household pests if you don't control the damp conditions in the crawl space. Some pests are not only annoying, they can also be a danger to your home. For instance, carpenter ants and termites are two pests attracted by damp wood and these insects can destroy the structure of your house given enough time.

Encapsulation Eliminates Bad Odors

If your crawl space is damp, it probably has a foul odor. This odor can waft into the living space above it. No matter how much you clean your home, you won't be able to get rid of the stale, musty odor of damp wood and stagnant water from the space under your home. When the crawl space is encapsulated, the area stays dry and it may even be treated with a dehumidifier to make sure the humidity level stays low. This eliminates musty odors and improves the quality of air that circulates through your home.

Drying Your Crawl Space Helps Control Mold

One big problem that comes along with dampness and high humidity is mold. There may be mold growing in the crawl space including the ceiling which is the bottom of the floor of your living space. Since water vapor from below can pass through to your home above, your entire home is at a higher risk of developing mold growth. The problem is that you might not even see it if it is under the floor or behind drywall. However, it will still affect the quality of the air you breathe until the crawl space is dried out and the mold removed.

Keeping your crawl space dry will also help control the humidity in your house. This may eliminate problems you have with condensation on windows and damage to flooring and walls. Water and dampness are very destructive to your home even when they are under the house and out of your living space. Encapsulating the crawl space is one effective way of dealing with the problem so you can enjoy the benefits of living in a home with the best humidity levels for comfort and air quality.

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