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A crawlspace is an area of limited height beneath a floor or roof that provides access to wiring and plumbing. Typically located below the floor of a home with a pier-and-beam foundation, the crawl space may be only one foot in height with a surface of rocks or soil.
In addition to providing access to utilities, crawl spaces allow cooling air to circulate throughout the home. More than 40% of the air on the first floor of a home comes from the basement or crawlspace.
Moisture and unsafe air can also enter the home that way, causing potential health hazards. An unprotected crawlspace also can be a gathering place for unwanted animals and pests that choose to avoid adverse weather conditions or need a place to protect their babies. That is why waterproofing and encapsulation of your crawlspace are essential to maintaining a healthy home in the Fairfax, McLean, and Alexandria, VA area.
Installing a complete vapor barrier provides the crawlspace with a moisture protection layer to protect the structure from the negative effects of moisture such as mold, floor failure, increased electricity costs, odors, insects, and dust mites.
High relative humidity and moisture can have major health effects, causing or worsening asthma, hay fever, allergies, and other respiratory conditions. Having your crawlspace encapsulated will protect your home against:
When it’s time to protect your crawl space from unwanted pests or unwanted water, it’s time to contact Summit Environmental Solutions online or give us a call at 703-520-5868.
Fairfax, Alexandria & Arlington, VA