We have shared many times about the importance of keeping your crawlspace dry. This cannot be stressed enough. One solution for a dry crawlspace is crawlspace encapsulation. What is crawlspace encapsulation and how does it work?
What is Crawlspace Encapsulation?
For years it was thought that allowing air to circulate in your crawlspace would be the best defense against water, but now that thinking has changed. The circulating air from your crawlspace vents actually creates a battle between the warm and cold air resulting in humidity which leaves moisture thriving in your crawlspace.
As science has advanced, we found that sealing off the crawlspace area completely has proven more effective at keeping moisture out. That is what crawlspace encapsulation does; it prevents outside air from entering the space thus creating a controlled environment inside. This ensures cleaner air for you and your family to breathe!
The First Step
The first step of crawlspace encapsulation is to make sure that the area around your home is waterproofed. Gutters need to direct water away from the house and the ground around the foundation needs to be properly graded. Any cracks in the foundation need to be addressed. Then you want to address any existing problems inside your crawlspace. If mold is present it needs to be removed. Finally, make sure all the appliances in your crawlspace such as a water heater or furnace are checked and not emitting carbon monoxide. Once confirmed that these appliances are in working order we can move to the second step.
The Second Step
The second step is where the area is sealed off from incoming air. First, a plastic vapor barrier is attached to the walls of your foundation, the support piers, and also to any equipment that is present. This high-strength floor/wall liner is called “Flex Seal.” It is non-permeable, nylon-reinforced, and anti-microbial (mold/mildew resistant).
The Aqua-Guard team is creating a “closed crawlspace system” so we will then seal off the vents and any areas of incoming air with foam board and/or spray foam. This thermal barrier will prevent any outside air from entering your space. Finally, we seal all gaps and cracks. This includes areas of air entry where plumbing, electrical, or where joists meet. Should you need repairs or adjustments on your appliances in the future, we create access within the encapsulation for that work to be done. You won’t have to dismantle the entire barrier to repair your furnace!
The Third Step
The last step is to treat the air inside your newly encapsulated crawlspace. We make the air that currently resides in there has the proper humidity. If needed we will add a dehumidifier to the area and make sure it has adequate drainage. This makes sure the air is the best quality to keep your crawlspace dry!
The Final Result
Finally, you have a clean and dry crawlspace! You no longer have to worry about what insects or animals are lurking below and you can breathe easier knowing that the air you inhale is healthier for you! Your electric bill may show a decrease due to the efficiency of your HVAC system improving also (sometimes as much as 18%) The team at Aqua-Guard is ready to get started in your home. Contact us for a free estimate. Water problems Solved!