Crawlspaces are some of the most neglected parts of the home because they’re dirty, smelly, stale, and creepy. Still, they can become like that partially due to neglect. Not to mention, disregarding your crawlspace’s condition leads to excessive moisture, rot, and mold. Do yourself a favor and check out these four things to know about crawlspace encapsulation so that you know how to protect your home.
What Is It?
The first thing you’re wondering is what crawlspace encapsulation is. Crawlspace encapsulation is the ultimate solution to protect your home from moisture, mold, and dirt. Ultimately, it serves as an external protection against outside dirt and debris to ensure your crawlspace remains sealed to prevent additional moisture. Moisture is a consequential issue in which your foundation and crawlspace can weaken, break, and further develop mold and mildew. And mold and mildew are two potential health hazards. Crawlspace encapsulation is important because it prevents these issues from developing.
What Issues Do You Face?
As previously mentioned, crawlspace issues aren’t things you should just shrug away. Mold and mildew development is a common issue homeowners face due to excess moisture in the crawlspace. As this problem grows, homeowners can face various health-related issues affecting the respiratory system. You may think that things in the crawlspace won’t affect you. In actuality, mold spreads throughout the house, leading to troubled breathing, wheezing, and asthmatic reactions. Excess moisture also attracts dirt and pests and weakens your wooden crawlspace support posts.
What Solutions Does Crawlspace Encapsulation Offer?
Therefore, another thing to know about crawlspace encapsulation is how it presents solutions to the above issues. Rather letting the problems above go unhindered, crawlspace encapsulation adds additional protective barriers to your crawlspace, ensuring no excess moisture enters. From there, you can drain the excess moisture to direct water away. This is a crucial step, as some homeowners think encapsulation equates to drainage, but drainage is an important additional step in the encapsulation process. Consider getting a sump pump, a vapor barrier, and thermal insulation to protect your crawlspace from moisture.
Lastly, cost and quality are two other considerations to keep in mind. Cost depends on the size of your crawlspace, initial condition, materials, and professional treatment. Of course, this also relates to the quality of the encapsulation. While some projects are great for DIY homeowners, crawlspace encapsulation is one to leave to professional foundation repair contractors. They have the knowledge, tools, and experience to protect and drain your crawlspace properly. The upfront investment is worth the long-term benefits. Crawlspace encapsulation can even further increase your market value.
The Crack Guys know all about crawlspace encapsulation, which is why we’re one of the best in the business. If you’re unsure about your crawlspace condition, you should call us to inspect it. We protect against mold, mildew, wood rot, and pest infestation. Don’t let moisture pool in your crawlspace and face the repercussions. Call us today for high-quality crawlspace repair, and our team of expert contractors will take care of it.