Many homes are equipped with a dirt crawlspace, but an unsealed crawlspace can be a nightmare for homeowners. A vented crawlspace is an invitation for pests, moisture, and other major household concerns. Some new building standards require a sealed crawlspace, but many existing houses do not have this protection.
Crawlspace Encapsulation Benefits
Rodents and insects often enter the main part of the home by accessing the crawlspace. A properly sealed crawlspace will deter many common pests. Humidity can be a big issue for homeowners in eastern Illinois. Humidity in the crawlspace will be drawn into the rest of the home. The unchecked spread of moisture can promote mold growth and damage building materials. Flooring is particularly vulnerable to moisture from the crawlspace. Encapsulation can reduce humidity levels in the crawlspace and keep moisture from spreading to other areas of the home.
A vented crawlspace is not properly insulated from the elements. Encapsulation can reduce heating and cooling costs. Additionally, encapsulation can increase the life expectancy of your air ducts and other building materials in the crawlspace. A vented crawlspace can contribute to poor indoor air quality, and encapsulation can reduce some common indoor air pollutants. Some utility providers and government agencies provide incentives for crawlspace encapsulation and other home improvements.
Crawlspace Encapsulation Solutions
Proper encapsulation can deter pests, control moisture, lower energy costs, and more. Crawlspace encapsulation is a daunting task for homeowners, and store bought products that promise to control the crawlspace environment are ineffective. To properly protect your home and crawlspace, you should consult a professional.