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Crawl Space Encapsulation

Crawl Space Encapsulation

 

Crawl Space Encapsulation by

Structural Pros Foundation and Crawl Space Repair

 

The purpose of encapsulation is to reduce the moisture in your crawl space, reducing your risk of mold. It also makes for cleaner air in your crawl space, where you share air with. After your crawl space is encapsulated, it makes for a great storage area as well since it’s completely clean.

 

Is Crawl Space Encapsulation worth the cost? Yes, it is worth it. If you compare concrete floors and conventional floor setups, crawl spaces will grant easy access to the plumbing set up together with air ducts, and repairing them becomes effortless. Moreover, crawlspaces were also used as a storage facility.

 

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.

 

In general, crawl space encapsulation isn’t covered by standard home insurance. However, if your property has been damaged due to an unexpected leak or flood, the cost of subsequent repairs may be covered by your insurance policy. If so, it’s possible that the cost of encapsulating the crawl space would be included.

 

How long does crawl space encapsulation last?

between 15 and 20 years

Generally speaking, most companies will offer a warranty of between 15 and 20 years for a typical crawl space encapsulation project. However, if the humidity levels are controlled and no catastrophic events such as flooding occur, a properly encapsulated crawlspace can last for more than 20 years.

 

Is a vapor barrier necessary in crawl space?

No, seriously. You don’t want moisture to seep into your crawl space because it can cause a ton of problems. … This is why a moisture barrier under the house is so important, as it can help prevent that damage and possible hazards. Installing a vapor barrier in your crawl space will keep the area dry and healthy.

 

Does an encapsulated crawl space need a dehumidifier?

Every encapsulated crawl space needs a drying mechanism. … In some homes, supply air may do a good job of drying out the crawlspace. Depending on the conditions, it might even work just as well as a dehumidifier

 

Can you turn the crawl space into a full basement?

First of all, the cost to convert a crawl space into a full and functioning basement is extremely high. The existing crawl space needs to be dug out, a new foundation poured and finished on top of that. … Keep in mind basements are already susceptible to groundwater intrusion.

 

Does crawl space encapsulation prevent termites?

The Short Answer: No, a crawl space encapsulation should NOT affect your termite warranty. … Termite inspections and moisture inspections are performed each year and are often not reported properly to homeowners. We are constantly finding moisture issues and mold problems due to vented foundations.

 

Does an encapsulated crawl space need insulation?

You don’t need to insulate an encapsulated crawl space.

 

Crawl space insulation can be applied between the joists or on the walls of the crawl space. If the crawl space is vented then joist insulation is recommended. If the crawl space is encapsulated either can be used but we recommend insulating the block walls.

 

Does crawl space encapsulation stop radon?

Crawl space encapsulation is the first step in reducing radon levels. Crawl spaces should be sealed and encapsulated with a continuous vapor barrier, like the premium CleanSpace liner and crawl space encapsulation system from Basement Systems. Encapsulating the crawl space reduces the migration of radon into the air.

 

Do crawl space ventilation fans work?

However, it’s important to note that putting a fan in your crawl space definitely won’t fix moisture and humidity problems. In fact, many vent fans actually allow external air into the crawl space, which often leads to added moisture and even worse problems. … Crawl space encapsulation is a much more effective fix.