What Is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

If you have a crawlspace under your home, you may have problems with mold, dampness, and humidity. There are a lot of things that you can do to deal with that, including having a dehumidifier that takes the moisture out of the air, but one easy way to handle it is to get your crawl space encapsulated. 

Crawl Space Encapsulation

Encapsulating your crawl space means that you are completely covering at least the walls and floor of your crawl space. It may also include covering up the ceiling of your crawl space as well. That's not a requisite for your encapsulation, but that can be your choice. Usually, the encapsulation is done with a thick polyethylene barrier that is applied to the floor and the walls. The material retains the moisture that will come up and out of the sides and bottom of your crawl space. Some people say that sealing and encapsulation are the same thing, but they aren't. Sealing just covers the floor and the walls part the way up. Sealing may work in some locations, but in general, it's best to just go straight to encapsulation. What are some benefits of encapsulation?

Better Indoor Air Quality

The biggest reason to encapsulate your crawl space is that you are going to improve the quality of the air in your home. You aren't going to have things like mold spores floating around in your house anymore, which will make it much easier for people to breathe. Getting rid of the extra humidity will also make you feel more comfortable, and can even help you to save money heating up your house. That's because when people are cold and there's a lot of moisture in the air, it's a lot easier to get cold and stay that way. But, if you have blocked off the movement of air into your house, then you are getting rid of that clamminess, which will make you feel warmer. That will actually let you also save some money on your heating bills because as you feel warmer, you don't need to turn the heat on as often to warm up or to help get rid of the clamminess. 

If you are worried about your crawl space and moisture that may be getting into your house, then you can get your crawl space encapsulated. That will keep moisture from sneaking into your house and causing damage. Turn to a company like Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc. for help today. 

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