What Is Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Encapsulating a crawl spaces is becoming a popular solution for avoiding indoor moisture issues. To the average person, encapsulation can be compared to the lining added to swimming pools to avoid leaks. A heavy-duty polyethylene barrier is added to completely cover your crawl space – usually the floors, foundation walls, and sometimes even ceiling.
This water vapor barrier is most effective when it completely covers your crawl space, and sealing tape is used to connect the barrier pieces throughout your area.
Once your space is completely sealed, the final piece of the encapsulation puzzle is conditioning the air to maintain a healthy humidity level. The most common way to do this is by adding a dehumidifier to regulate your crawl space’s moisture level.
This barrier and dehumidifier combination protects the crawl space from excess moisture and all the problems that come along with it.
Here are common signs that lead people to sealing their crawl space:
- Mildew/musty smell in basement
- Soft or separating floors
- High cooling costs
- Wet insulation
- Sweating windows
- Insect problems
The bottom line is installing an Encapsulation system in your crawlspace will greatly improve indoor air quality and will protect your home from certain harms that lurk in your crawlspace. If you are uncertain about installing this type of system please consult with us on your next home or mold inspection.