Crawl spaces may be small, but the impact they have on your home is rather large. Though somewhat “unappealing” in nature (dark, damp, and cramped), they can greatly increase comfort and safety in your home when they are cared for properly.
Before & After
Crawl spaces are located beneath your home and are built for several reasons:
Keeps the house off the ground.
They are more cost effective than a basement or a slab.
Allows outside air to circulate more easily.
If your home has a basement or is built on a concrete slab, there is a good chance you do not have a crawl space. However, if your home has a crawl space, it is important to keep it maintained and cared for. It is a fairly simple process when done professionally and the results are incredible.
Crawlspace encapsulation benefits include:
With 50% of your household air flowing up through the crawl space, encapsulating will greatly improve the air quality within your home.
Avoid indoor moisture issues that can lead to mold and mildew.
Encapsulating creates an inhospitable place for bugs, pests, and other insects.
Save money and have greater energy efficiency in your home.
The crawl space will need to be completely cleaned of any kind of debris or other items. An estimator will determine the best plan of action for you crawl space. A vapor barrier may be installed which gives the crawl space the most coverage and protection. Alternatively, vents can be removed and sealed up, or a vapor retardant paint may be used. A vapor barrier will be the most coverage and yield the best results.
It is possible to encapsulate and insulate a crawl space on your own. Just be aware that any encapsulation that is not done correctly could result in more serious issues within the crawlspace. It is always a good idea to have a professional come take a look at your crawlspace to determine a custom plan for your home!