Crawl Space Encapsulation
There are three primary platforms that buildings, houses included, are built upon. A slab, which means the house has next to nothing beneath it except for pure concrete and anything used to support the foundation beneath that layer of pure concrete. Basements are another basis for structures, and they tend to be the most spacious platform for home construction, and they can often be used to store items, or be home to additional rooms for the house altogether. Finally, and likely the more difficult platform to maintain, is a Crawl Space.
Crawl spaces are low clearance (think hard to travel through or move around in) areas beneath the main level of your home, which means they are almost just as their name suggests, and navigating through one typically requires crouching or crawling to get around efficiently. Crawl spaces are somewhat of a middle ground between basements and slabs, both construction wise and price wise. Like in slab platforms, crawl space construction involves having a footing set up and blocks are lined to support the home, but the time needed to create a crawlspace is more similar to that of a basement. Because of this, a crawl space takes a decent amount of time to make, but costs less and is ultimately a good alternative to slab platforms.
Let’s now discuss crawl space encapsulation: If you have your crawl space encapsulation, you are essentially having your crawl space sealed up, which is incredibly beneficial for multiple reasons. Encapsulation helps with the following:
- Encapsulation will save money by keeping heat in your home more easily, which means you can use less power.
- Sealing your crawl space means it will be much more difficult for pests to find their way into your home, and even if they managed to make it into the crawl space, there are many other preventative measures that are often employed alongside encapsulation to account for this.
- Encapsulation helps prevent moisture and mildew buildup, which would otherwise certainly lead to mold buildup after a long period of time.
What we are trying to get at is the importance of sealing your crawl space. There are many methods to having it sealed properly, and different plans of attack, but to assist in the effort, clear your crawl space of debris or anything that can be removed without causing household problems. This will give us better access, and allow us to properly seal the entire crawl space.