Crawlspace Encapsulation Explained
If your crawl space suffers from mold, chronic dirt, and humidity, then you may consider crawlspace encapsulation as a solution. This technology separates the crawl space and the ground using a vapor barrier, creating an additional envelope of protection between the building and outside weather. Crawl space encapsulation is one of a number of energy-saving processes which reduce heating bills and ensure that your home is energy efficient.
Installing Crawl Space Encapsulation
Before you consider installing crawl space encapsulation systems, make sure that your crawlspace is protected against vermin and fungi. Both damage the seal around the vapor barrier.
Check how your crawlspace will be sealed against moisture. The best crawlspace encapsulation methods involve more than simply laying a plastic liner. Installing a low-grade liner will not do much to prevent humidity and mold from regrowing. It is better to purchase a better standard of vapor barrier.
Crawlspace encapsulation prolongs the life of your crawl space, as it reduces temperatures and limits humidity, making it less vulnerable to insects such as termites, and fungi that can decay wood. It also greatly improves the air quality, both in the crawl space and in the home itself.