If your home has a crawl space, you know just how troublesome they can be. Even vented crawl spaces can hold moisture, putting your home at risk of long-term water damage from mold, wood rot, and more. They can also allow pests to enter your home and decrease energy efficiency. Luckily, there is an easy way to fix the problem, crawl space encapsulation! While there are several ways to seal a crawl space, encapsulation is one of the most effective. By sealing off your crawl space, you’ll make your whole home healthier and happier while protecting your home foundation. Here are three benefits of crawl space encapsulation.
Less Mold and Pests
If there is one thing that mold and pests agree on, it’s that dark damp places make ideal living conditions and a moist crawl space looks like a dream home. When mold and pests find their way into your crawl space, they can quickly cause significant damage, from unpleasant odors to wood rot. Once these conditions are introduced it’s difficult to remove them. Wood rot can encourage termites to move in and cause long-term, costly problems. Adding a polyethylene barrier not only keeps your space dry, preventing the ideal conditions for pests, but it keeps many of them out altogether.
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient And Comfortable
If your heating and air conditioning do not have to fight the damp, humid air created by an unlined crawl space, they can function more effectively with less energy. By adding encapsulation and insulation, you can save yourself impressive amounts of energy, making your home more energy efficient long term.
Maintain Structural Integrity
By preventing dampness from accumulating in your crawl space, you also prevent it from seeping through to the soil surrounding your foundation. This is essential for the long-term stability of your structure. Gutter systems and runoff from your home are always aimed away, but if your crawl space is putting moisture into the soil, all that effort is for nothing. Encapsulation can help prevent moisture retention and leakage around your foundation making it more stable and erosion free for years to come.
Learn More About Crawl Space Encapsulation Today
When it comes to finding the best solution for your crawl space encapsulation and waterproofing needs, contact All Aspect Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.