Is it Worth it to Encapsulate Your Crawl Space?

Understanding the Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation

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Image of a crawlspace that has been encapsulated

As spring nears and we deal with added precipitation, you may notice musty odors, moisture, and humidity in coming from your crawlspace. Perhaps you decided to search on the internet for solutions to this problem, and came across the term “Crawl Space Encapsulation”. Now you have questions, such as: “What is crawlspace encapsulation” and “Is it worth it to encapsulate your crawlspace?”

Tar Heel Foundation Solutions has the answers for you! Let’s break down what crawlspace encapsulation is, to help you decide if it is the right solution for you.

What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

Crawlspace encapsulation is the process of fully covering your crawlspace (or basement!) with sheeting that is called a vapor barrier. It is considered part of a successful crawlspace or basement waterproofing system. The vapor barrier prevents water from entering through the floors and walls of your crawlspace, contributing to keeping it dry. Remember, wet crawlspaces can cause:

  • Foundation cracks, chipping, and other damage.
  • Musty odors
  • Increase in pest activity
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Higher instances of allergies in the home
  • Higher energy bills
  • Wood rot

A complete waterproofing plan, including encapsulation will help prevent all these issues, keeping your family dry and healthy.

This image shows how a vapor barrier is installed as part of crawlspace encapsulation.
Image depicting how a vapor barrier is installed

A Waterproofing Plan

The professionals at Tar Heel Foundation Solutions can inspect your home and provide you with a waterproofing plan that is specific to your needs. We can couple encapsulation with other measures such as:

  • Interior drainage solutions
  • Sump pump installation
  • Dehumidifiers

When addressing the question “Is it worth it to encapsulate your crawlspace?” You need to take into account the issues caused by a wet crawlspace, and how a waterproofing solution would change your life for the better. With the proper waterproofing plan, you can live more comfortably, safer, dryer, and happier. The life of your home, which is your biggest investment, will be extended too!

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