Up to 50% of the air you breathe in your home can flow up from your crawl space, so it's vital to keep your crawl space as clean and dry as possible. Even vented crawl spaces can hold moisture and put your home at risk of water damage from mold, wood rot, pest infestation, and decreased energy efficiency. Moisture can cause a variety of unwanted problems, so it's vital to keep excess moisture out of your home. This is where the team at Basements.com comes in, as they can help you with crawl space encapsulation including crawl space vapor barrier installation throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, and Washington DC.
Any place that has moisture has the possibility for mold and/or mildew. Crawl space encapsulation, or sealing, is the treatment that building scientists recommend to turn a damp, dirty, moldy crawl space into a clean, dry space where mold can't grow. Sealing off your crawl space protects your home's foundation and makes your house a healthier place in which to live. The barrier works best when it covers your home's crawl space completely. Sealing tape connects the barrier's pieces throughout the space, and once the space is sealed, a dehumidifier helps regulate your crawl space's moisture level.
When you encapsulate your whole crawl space, there are a number of benefits that you will enjoy. You will have improved air quality in your home, it will eliminate any pest or insect infestation in your crawl space because the space is dry, you will have a healthier living space without the mold and mildew, and it prevents future mold and mildew growth, helps prevent structural, and helps to increase the efficiency in your HVAC system.
Once you fully encapsulate your crawl space, the hope is that you will not have to go down there in a long time. But you still need to monitor things to ensure that cracks or other problems don't arise over time. As careful as you are, it is still possible to snag part of the lining and tear it, which will require a patch. If you run cables or other things through the crawl space, you should review things after the work is done to ensure no tears or other problems are present. The sooner you repair issues in your crawl space, the more likely it is that no further problems will arise.