What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?
‘Encapsulating’ a crawlspace quite literally means covering the floor and walls with a vapor barrier that prevents moisture from building up anywhere, from the wooden blocks to the concrete walls. Encapsulation usually means covering every inch of available space with the right material to make sure that no amount of moisture (due to humid temperature or changes in seasons) will accumulate.
Why A Crawl Space Needs To Be Encapsulated
The number one thing you need to remember about crawlspaces is they tend to be moist and humid, for a number of reasons. First, they’re where your pipes are located; second, you tend to keep vents open during the warm summer areas, allowing humid air to come in; and third, closing the vents during the cold summer months prevents the accumulated humid air from escaping. The reason why you should be worried about humid air is mold formation.
Mold thrives in warm, damp, humid spaces, and when left unchecked can rise up and spread to various parts of your house, making even your bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens infested. Intense mold formations pose a variety of health risks especially to people with low immune systems, and even healthy people tend to get sick when exposed to molds for long periods of time.
Crawl space encapsulations prevent moisture from accumulating in your crawlspace, thereby leaving no room for molds to form since the air that will be in the crawlspace will be dry, not humid.
Have Your Crawlspaces Encapsulated by Professionals
While some homeowners would opt to encapsulate their crawlspaces themselves, often to lessen their expenses, the job and responsibility of properly encapsulating a crawlspace is better left to professionals who know how to get the work done quickly, effectively, and efficiently.
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