How Crawlspace Encapsulation Can Improve Your Home
Encapsulating a crawlspace is the process of sealing off vents in a house's crawlspace to create a vapor barrier and allow the air to be conditioned.
It is a vital step in making your home more energy-efficient, comfortable and protected from pests. Encapsulation provides numerous benefits, both small and large.
Improving Air Quality
As much as half the air you breathe in your house circulates through the crawlspace. Sealing prevents the flow of dust and other particulates through your home.
Reduced Heating Costs
Limiting the air circulation also stops chilled outside air from leaching in, keeping your house warmer in winter and increasing the efficiency of your heating system.
A damp, dirt-filled crawlspace offers an alluring home for insects and other unwanted pests. Termites, ants, rodents and other critters can move from an unsealed crawlspace into the rest of the house.
Stop Moisture Problems
As well as encouraging insect infestations, the buildup of moisture in the crawlspace can lead to other annoying, costly and even dangerous issues, including:
- Mold growth
- Musty odors
- Buckling hardwood floors
- Rot in the wood frames
By encapsulating your crawlspace, you can raise the quality of life in your home and avoid future problems.
Contact Nelon-Cole Moisture & Water Control Division for crawlspace encapsulation or other moisture control services.