Your home’s crawl space might not be full of ghosts or monsters like your childhood self believed, but it is possible it is full of things that are scarier.
As a homeowner, your crawl space can turn into a nightmare if you don’t take care of it. That’s why investing in crawl space encapsulation is always worth the cost. But what is it, and are there alternatives?
What's inside my crawlspace?
Your crawl space gives you (or professionals) access to things like your home’s plumbing system, electrical wiring, HVAC ducting, etc. If something goes wrong with your home’s electricity, a professional can crawl under your house, find the issue, and fix it.
Because of this, crawl spaces are a necessary part of most homes.
WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST IN CRAWL SPACE ENCAPSULATION
Without encapsulation, your crawl space can turn into a breeding ground for expensive problems. For example, most crawl spaces have high humidity levels and are full of moisture. Although these spaces have vents to promote evaporation, they also provide an entry point for things like bugs and rodents.
Now put all of those things together.
Many crawl spaces turn into damp tunnels full of mold, fungi, bacteria, and pests. The moisture and mold can turn into rot, and the unwelcome guests can destroy the structural material, which can lead to things like foundation repair.
Encapsulation creates a barrier between your crawl space and the outside world. It keeps humidity, moisture, and most pests out of your crawl space. Instead of being a repair waiting to happen, your crawl space turns into a safe, clean area you can go back to ignoring—without consequences.
Here’s a closer look at some of the benefits you’ll get from encapsulating your crawl space.
BETTER INTERIOR AIR QUALITY
A lot of the air you’re breathing in your home comes from your crawl space. As the air rising into your home, it carries with it all the moisture, mold spores, bacteria, etc. growing down there. This can irritate your respiratory system, even if you don’t realize it.
By encapsulating your crawl space, you prevent any of those things from getting into the air you’re breathing. This will improve the air quality in your home and give your health a boost as well.
IMPROVED STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY
Moisture and rot are two of your home’s biggest enemies. They can eat away at your home’s structural components, such as wooden frames and floors, which can increase your risk for house foundation repair, sagging floors, warped door frames and window frames, and even collapse.
Since encapsulation doesn’t allow moisture or mold into the crawl space, it improves the structural integrity of your entire home.
LOWER ENERGY BILLS
Remember, the air from your crawl space leaks into your home. Since this air is normally cold in the winter or hot in the summer, you’ll have to run your HVAC system more often and for longer cycles to keep your home comfortable.
But that all stops with encapsulation. Your home will stay at a more comfortable temperature, so you can turn the HVAC system off and save money on your energy bill.
EXTRA STORAGE SPACE
Don’t know where to put your Christmas decorations? If you’ve encapsulated your crawl space, there’s no risk of damaging any items you keep down there. This will give you new storage space for any items you don’t want to clutter the rest of the house.
MORE COMFORTABLE HOME
Your home will feel much more comfortable after crawl space encapsulation. You won’t have to walk around in a thick sweater because your home will stay warm (or cool) on its own. Since the humidity will be under control, you also don’t have to deal with dry or irritated skin or sinuses.
ENCAPSULATE YOUR CRAWL SPACE THE RIGHT WAY
Of the home upgrades that you can invest in today, crawl space encapsulation is one of the most important. It’s an easy project that can go a long way in keeping moisture and pests out while preserving your home’s structural integrity and indoor air quality.
Are you interested in reliable crawl space encapsulation services? Please contact us today.