Crawl spaces are humid, dark places where mold grows, wood rots, and bad air accumulates. The smells and humidity from a neglected crawl space will eventually make it into your house above. These problems contribute to energy inefficiency, unnecessary home repairs, and even health problems.
Fortunately, crawl space encapsulation is a cost-effective process that locks out unwanted moisture and keeps your crawl space from causing complications. The experienced team at United Structural Systems offers crawl space encapsulation services for houses all throughout Tennessee.
How to Know if You Need Crawl Space Encapsulation
Some of the most common problems that signal crawl space moisture problems are mold and mildew. However, you might not consider that the following issues might be signs that it’s time to think about crawl space encapsulation:
- Sweat on your windows
- Issues with insects and rodents
- Cracks in your foundation
- High cooling costs
- Bad smell around your home
By encapsulating your crawl space, you don’t just fix the symptoms, like smells and high utility bills, you also solve the problem at its cause.
Four Steps to Control Humidity
There are four steps to controlling the humidity that builds up in crawl spaces.
First, drain any groundwater by installing a proper interior drainage system, if needed.
Second, encapsulate the crawl space to isolate it from the soil underneath.
Third, block moist air from getting into the crawl space by closing vents, joints, and gaps.
Lastly, install a dehumidifier.
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Real Crawl Space Waterproofing
Many companies offer crawl space waterproofing but don’t do it to our standard. When we encapsulate a crawl space, we use 12-millimeter-thick plastic and seal any cracks, seams, and vents with spray foam and caulk to lock out all moisture from the surrounding atmosphere and soil. Doing it any other way may help reduce moisture levels in a crawl space, but it won’t make it truly waterproof.
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