CRAWL SPACE ENCAPSUALTION
If your home was built with a crawl space foundation, as opposed to a full basement, chances are you don’t go down there very often. In fact, many people have never even looked in their crawl space. Most crawl spaces have dirt floors, as builders rarely went to the expense of pouring a concrete floor if they didn’t dig a full basement. The second problem is that most of them are vented to the outdoors, in the summer the heat of hot summer air enters and, in the winter, the cold winter air comes in. These conditions can cause condensation and high humidity, which leads to many health & structural problems. Mold growth and wood rot result in structural damage as well as harmful airborne mold spores. Installing insulation reduces humidity changes during the annual seasonal cycle. Reducing moisture and humidity can also decrease the chance of insect and wildlife entering the crawl space. Energy savings can be seen on monthly heating and cooling bills. An encapsulated crawlspace provides complete coverage from the ground up with a vapor barrier.
A vapor barrier is any material, usually, plastic or foil sheet used to resist moisture from entering through the wall, ceiling, and even the floor. Essentially a vapor barrier’s job is to create a layer of protection between your home and the dirt crawl space beneath it. It is an energy-saving method, lowering utility bills while ensuring that your home feels more comfortable.
Summit Environmental Solutions (SES) recommends having the CrawlShield™ Encapsulation System installed in the crawl space. It takes less than a day to install and you’ll have the best crawl space application on the market, with noticeable results on every level of your home! This system, along with proper drainage and a form of mechanical drying will provide great moisture control protection.
CrawlShield™ Encapsulation Advantages
- Fast and clean installation
- Eliminate mold and mildew from the air in your home
- Patented and warrantied products
- Utility bill savings
- Added storage space
- Healthy Basement and Crawl Space Certification
- Added benefits when using with crawl space dehumidification system
- Improve indoor air quality
- Stop pest and rodent infestations
- Increase indoor comfort
- Eliminate cold floors
- Crawl space drainage systems
- Avoid costly structural damage