Tens of millions of homes have crawl spaces under them instead of a traditional basement. These crawl spaces are just as important as a basement, and they can be a source of problems if not maintained properly. You often have HVAC ducts there, wiring perhaps, as well as other things, and crawl spaces can even be used as storage areas. The downside to crawl spaces is that they can be dank, musty places that you don't want to go unless absolutely necessary. This is where the team at Basements.com comes in, as they can help you with a crawl space vapor barrier for your home.
Any place that has moisture has the possibility for mold and/or mildew. A moist place can also attract pests. Either of these can be problematic if located in a crawl space. Additionally, moisture can affect the air quality in your home, especially on the first floor directly above the crawl space. The air can feel more humid and maybe unhealthy from the possible mold and mildew.
Adding a crawl space vapor barrier to reduce or eliminate the moisture issue. A vapor barrier, by its nature, resists the passage of air. By stopping air movement from the ground, it can also turn your crawlspace into a self-conditioned space - one that is close to the temperature of the living spaces above. A vapor/air barrier can also slow or block most of the movement of harmful gases, such as radon, from the soil.
The installation process for a vapor barrier in your crawl space may not seem terribly difficult, but there are a few special tools that are needed to ensure the installation is successful. Some DIYers try to handle the installation themselves. After all, it can be accomplished with caulk and a caulk gun, utility knife, hammer, tape measure, tape, and a few other. However, there is a certain level of skill and expertise that are required to do it well. The vapor barrier must overlap all seams and be properly taped for maximum protection. Once the vapor barrier is in place, any exposed home foundation will need to be covered with moisture-proof insulation. Lastly, the rim joists need to be insulated using rigid insulation and caulking prevent air leaks.
Any small gaps, uneven caulking or taping, or missed areas can compromise the efficiency of the entire crawl space. By having the experts at Basements.com install the crawl space vapor barrier or crawl space encapsulation for you, you can be confident that the installation is done properly, the first time. Contact us today for professional crawl space vapor barrier installation in Washington DC, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, and Maryland.