Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Your crawl space is supposed to help the structure of your home and add an air space that keeps your property off the earth. A lot of your home equipment is stored down here – such as HVAC systems, water filtration, and your electrics/plumbing.
Unfortunately, crawl spaces are often left in poor shape when a house is built. The builders don’t really do anything to it, so you end up with a space that can become riddled with dirt, dust, cobwebs – and who knows what else. With crawl space encapsulation, you basically seal off this area from the rest of your home. You prevent any air from escaping into your property, and you also help stop things like moisture issues from the soil below.
If you’ve already had this done, then it’s crucial to understand if you’re getting the most out of it. So, here are some things to consider with regards to crawl space encapsulation:
Is the air quality in your home poor?
Does it feel like the air in your home is full of allergens or dust? Do you constantly smell a damp or musty odor? If so, then the chances are your crawl space encapsulation hasn’t gone to plan. When done correctly, this process seals off your crawl space and prevents allergens from entering the air in your home. It should improve your property by giving you healthier and more breathable air. So, if you keep suffering from allergies, then that’s a sign you need to get a better encapsulation job done.
Do you find a lot of dampness or pooled water in your basement?
If the flooring in your basement is always damp – or you see pooled water there – then it tells you something about your crawl space. Again, it’s not been correctly encapsulated as this should prevent both of these issues. The chances are you’ve had a rushed or botched job done, meaning you’ve wasted a lot of money. With professional crawl space encapsulation, no water or moisture escapes into your property.
Is there mold in your crawl space?
When your crawl space has been encapsulated, then there should be no mold present at all. Again, as mentioned above, encapsulation helps keep moisture out. So, there shouldn’t be any way for mold to grow. Or, if your property suffered from crawl space mold before it was encapsulated, then that’s just as bad! The person who provided the encapsulation should’ve removed the mold and waterproofed the area before encapsulating it.
Do you just have a vapor barrier in your crawl space?
The most common encapsulation ‘method’ is to lay down a vapor barrier on the floor. Contractors often do this as a quick fix – but it isn’t effective. It helps reduce humidity from the earth, but it won’t provide adequate insulation. If this is all you have, then you’re not getting the most out of your crawl space encapsulation.
If you answered yes to all these questions, then you need proper crawl space encapsulation services. Luckily, we’re here to provide just that. Give us a call, and we can schedule a consultation right away!