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How Crawl Space Encapsulation Helps Resolve Crawl Space Issues

How Crawl Space Encapsulation Helps Resolve Crawl Space Issues

Although you may not pay much attention to your crawl space, it has an important function in your home. The crawl space's biggest contribution is giving you an easier way to access your utility systems (e.g. plumbing pipes and electrical wiring), but it can also act as a mini foundation for the building. Unfortunately, there are many homeowners who, like you, don’t inspect their crawl space from time to time.

As a result, your crawl space is highly likely to receive a multitude of problems that can affect your home’s environment. These include:

  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Pest and vermin Infestation
  • Poor indoor air quality
  • Increased energy consumption

Luckily, you can handle these issues better if you have professional crawl space encapsulation.

How Crawl Space Encapsulation Works

Crawl space encapsulation is the process of placing a heavy polyethylene barrier all over the crawl space surfaces. This material fortifies the structure and protects it from outside elements. It also helps eliminates problems such as:

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How Crawl Space Encapsulation Works

Mold and Mildew

High levels of moisture are common reasons why mold and mildew can grow so easily in open or unfinished crawl spaces. Once encapsulated, however, water and poor air flow can’t enter the area since the encapsulation material closes off the entire crawl space from external forces. It’s also a good idea to install a dehumidifier to further improve this benefit.

Pest and Vermin

Insects, rats, and other creatures like taking shelter in dark and damp places – making your crawl space the perfect candidate for their new home. With crawl space encapsulation, you can prevent insects and rodents from entering the crawl space and keep your property clean and pest-free.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

A percentage of the air you breathe comes from your crawl space and if that area is filled with airborne contaminants, it means you’re breathing them too. Over time, your indoor air quality and your health will start to decline, so one way to get it back up is through crawl space encapsulation. Encapsulating the crawl space will ensure that the airflow in your property remains clean and dry.

Increased Energy Consumption

If you have a vented crawl space, there’s a good chance that you’re losing energy because of its old age or poor condition. Your vent system will have a harder time containing pleasant air, which will force your HVAC to work twice as hard to keep your living spaces comfortable. By encapsulating the crawl space, the air will remain inside the vents and no heat is lost or gained.

After reading the benefits of crawl space encapsulation, you might be ready to have your crawl space encapsulated and if that's the case, it’s best to contact Manville Home Performance. Our company provides cost-effective energy conservation and renewable energy solutions in Greater Columbus, Ohio. We have the experience, skill, and the necessary equipment to properly install encapsulation material your crawl space. With our help, you can be certain that you’ll experience the benefits of crawl space encapsulation as soon as we're finished.

Just give us a call at 614-328-5558 or contact us online and we'll be ready to provide an estimate!