Crawlspaces can be a problematic area of your home. They are known to house humidity and pests. To help cut down on these issues, many homeowners are choosing crawlspace encapsulation. Crawlspace encapsulation completely seals a crawlspace to help reduce and prevent humidity issues that can lead to very problematic mold issues. The floors and walls will be lined with a polyurethane plastic.
There are four basic steps to crawlspace encapsulation. The products used may differ slightly from one company to the next, but the process should be roughly the same. First, the floors need to be prepped by removing anything that is sharp that could puncture the lining. This could include rocks and construction materials. The surface will also be leveled if needed. Next, any opening will be sealed to block unwanted air from entering the area. This includes vents, wires, and holes for piping. Then, the vapor barrier will be laid down to cover the floors and walls. Lastly, all existing moisture will be vented out or a dehumidifier will be brought in.
Crawlspace encapsulation is a fantastic option for most crawlspaces. This procedure is especially helpful for crawlspaces that have had moisture issues. If there is a current or ongoing mold issue, it will need to be fully addressed before encapsulation can be completed. If you have any questions about the benefits of encapsulation, the procedure, or if your home is a good candidate for this process, please give us a call at Peek Mold Control.