5 Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation

When you think of doing preventative home maintenance, there is a good chance that your crawl space isn’t high on your priority list. You spend no time there. You likely use it for either storage or nothing at all. Just because it isn’t used, however, doesn’t mean that maintaining your crawl space should be an afterthought. The benefits of crawl space encapsulation make it a good investment for homeowners with crawl space foundations.

First, What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

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Crawl space encapsulation is the process of sealing off your crawl space to keep moisture from getting in. We install a tear-resistant vapor barrier along all of the walls and the crawl space floor. Then we seal off any vents and take any other waterproofing measures that are needed.

What Are the Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation?

1. Prevent Mold and Mildew

A damp, dark crawl space is an ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew. And once you have mold in your crawl space, the spores aren’t going to just stay there.

Mold spores can travel from your crawl space into your main living area. Once there they can cause or further inflame existing respiratory issues.

2. Prevent Costly Structural Damage

Along with crawl space encapsulation, we also specialize in crawl space repair. Some of those repairs are caused by excessive moisture in the crawl space.

The most obvious type of damage is wood rot. Damp conditions can lead floor joists and structural beams to begin to rot. This weakens the support that they can provide your home and often they either need to be further supported by a CMU pier or other device or just completely replaced.

3. Prevent Spongy Floors

If moisture does weaken your home’s floor joists you will notice it when you walk on the floor above. Your floors will start to sag and feel spongy to walk on. This is a sure sign there are structural issues with your crawl space.

4. Keep Out Insects and Other Pests

Crawl space encapsulation prevents insects and other unwanted pests from invading your crawl space and through it your home in two different ways. First, it presents a physical barrier for the to get inside. Second, it eliminates one of the primary things that would attract insects to the crawl space in the first place: the moisture. Wet crawl spaces and the perfect breeding ground for some insects, and others are attracted to the rotting wood that might be present.

5. Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh

You know the musty smell that often accompanies basement or crawl space water problems? If you have a crawl space that isn’t encapsulated, you likely will eventually. That musty odor, much like the mold spores, won’t stay in your crawl space.

Need Crawl Space Encapsulation in the Charlotte or Columbia Areas? Contact Tar Heel

Tar Heel Foundation Solutions are experts at both crawl space encapsulation and repair. We can check your home for existing water damage, fix any that we find and then encapsulate the crawl space to prevent further issues. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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