Some homeowners use the phrase “out of sight, out of mind” to describe how they treat important parts of the home, like the crawl space and the basement. However, these parts are essential to the stability and safety of every home. Since almost 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space, it’s important to keep the space clean and dry. Crawl space encapsulation is a smart way to improve your indoor air quality and make your home a safer place to live.
The Basics of Crawl Space Encapsulation
Sealing crawl spaces is a smart way to prevent moisture problems from occurring inside of any home. Think of crawl space encapsulation like lining a swimming pool to stop leaks from happening. In crawl space encapsulation, a heavy-duty barrier is added to cover the entirety of your crawl space including the floors, walls, and ceiling. This vapor barrier will prevent excess moisture from entering the home, particularly when used alongside a dehumidifier.
Should You Consider Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Some of the most common problems that cause homeowners to seal a crawl space include:
- A musty or mildew smell
- Steep cooling costs in the summer
- Soft or damaged floors
- Wet or damp insulation
- Windows that are sweating
- Insect issues
Why Is a Vapor Barrier a Great Idea?
- Improved interior air quality in your home and your crawl space
- Decreases the chances of pests or insects taking up residence in or underneath your home
- Create a more comfortable environment in your home
- Prevent mold and fungi issues
- Improve the energy efficiency of your home
Why It’s Important to Hire a Professional
Proper installation of the vapor barrier is the most important part of the entire process. Your waterproofing contractor will add double-sided tape underneath the floor joists and then attach the durable barrier along all of the foundation walls. Consistency is key, and the right contractor will ensure a great result that really lasts.
Protect Your Foundation with All Aspects Waterproofing
If you are ready to get a professional to waterproof your home’s basement, contact All Aspects 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.