Why Should You Encapsulate Your Crawl Space?

Why Should You Encapsulate Your Crawl Space?

If you’re a Georgia homeowner, there’s a good chance you have a part of your home known as a basement crawl space. Crawl space encapsulation helps protect your home from damaging excess moisture.

Bug House knows a lot about moisture control because water buildup anywhere in your home attracts pests. The cost of crawl space encapsulation pales compared to the compound cost of moisture damage and pest infestations.

What Is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

Encapsulation controls humidity and temperature in crawl spaces and unfinished basements. A crawl space encapsulation is a seal that acts as a barrier against moisture underneath your home. Encapsulating is a popular recommended solution for treating and preventing excess moisture in your home. A closed crawl system creates a water vapor barrier and controls the air quality to protect your home.

Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation

Crawl space encapsulation is an optional home renovation. However, it is necessary for getting rid of and preventing moisture, pests, mold, and foul air in the basement crawl space. Encapsulation and vapor barriers make the house healthier, safer, and more comfortable to live in.

Moisture control solutions from Bug House help:

    • Prevent mold and mildew
    • Prevent structural damage
    • Reduce allergens
    • Protect against pests
    • Save energy

The air underneath your home is the same as you breathe. Your family’s health relies on that air being clean and safe to breathe. A closed crawl system will look different for each home but can reduce air pollutants and free your home from mold and mildew. Plus, an excellent secure crawl space can lower your utility bills! 

What Is A Crawl Space?

Crawl spaces are common features in Georgia homes. They are narrow areas between the first floor of a home and the ground. These spaces are intentionally unfinished with a dirt floor. This area is called the crawl space because there is usually only enough room to crawl rather than stand. If there is enough room to stand, this space is considered an unfinished basement.

Encapsulation Vs. Vapor Barrier

These two terms are interchangeable. Vapor barriers prevent the excess moisture from your home’s foundation from penetrating your crawl space. Flooring and insulation alone do not protect your home from the damaging effects of this basement moisture. Vapor barriers protect your insulation and drywall from water damage. 

In unfinished basements and crawl spaces, vapor barriers and encapsulation control humidity and temperature. These barriers are made of inorganic material, typically polyurethane, making them mold and mildew-resistant.

Should I Encapsulate My Crawl Space?

Yes, you should implement moisture control throughout your home — especially in your basement crawl space. Preventing leaks and eliminating moisture is essential for any home. Basement flooding costs homeowners thousands of dollars in water damage repairs. Also, damp environments lead to mold growth, pest infestations, high utility bills, and structural damage. Problems that begin in your crawl space spread easily and quickly throughout the rest of your home.

Bug House Has Your Back

Crawl space encapsulation is vital to protecting your home and your family. If you’re looking for a reliable team to install your vapor barrier or crawl space encapsulation, call the experts at Bug House. We offer the most durable closed crawl space encapsulation system available on the market. Our Bug Guys will inspect your crawl space yearly to ensure everything is working in top condition.

Schedule a free consultation today! We proudly serve Georgia homeowners in Augusta, Carrollton, Columbus, Dublin, Eastman, Forsyth, Lake Oconee, Macon, Madison, McDonough, Milledgeville, Monroe, Sandersville, Savannah, St. Simons, Warner Robins, and Watkinsville.