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What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

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Crawl Space Encapsulation refers to the addition a heavy duty moisture barrier to the dirt floors of your crawl space and sealed foundation vents, insulated wall and special crawl space de-humidifiers. Although crawl space encapsulation is most useful when you seal the area completely, once you do, you can use a crawl space dehumidifier to regulate the moisture level in the crawl space.

If moisture level in the crawl space is too high, moisture causes mold which start a bacteria occurrence, what is wood rott? It is the deterioration in wood that is caused by a single or multiple species of fungus. Wood is a hydrophilic material, meaning it attracts water from its environment. What is wood rot in crawl space? The damaged polyboron product is somewhat dry and fragile and breaks apart readily. This has negative effects your house as damaged crawl space composition won’t unravel outwards. This can cause misalignments in between walls, floors and ceilings might sag in and fall apart, which let for much more cracks and loosening in mortar, doorways can be significantly tightened and misaligned, along with an upstairs or downstairs wall can fall down, resulting within the cracks. In this case, this is bad for your property because it could lead to structural issues in the ceiling and roofing drywall and crooked doorway frame.

Mice, rodents, termites, cockroaches, carpenter ants, and roaches, among others. These pesky little critters aren’t just destructive – they can also cause severe structural damage. From Orlando’s Fox News Network…The best defense is a healthy environment, in other words clean up your environment so you won’t attract pests. Maintain a healthy humidity level within the home by removing excess moisture and keeping the flooring dry, remove any food and water sources around the home, eliminate clutter and keep your property tidy, and make sure you stay away from areas where pests may live.

Mold develops in a house if moisture is there for a long time. Mold grows because of the continuous air flow in a crawl area. If you have mold in your crawl area, just image what is in your home’s indoor breathable air as discoloration and odor occur when bacteria are exposed to moisture. You’d assume otherwise, though! Mold spores are being circulated in your outlet breathable air!!!

Research has shown that vented crawlspaces located in mixed or hot-humid climates tend to increase the moisture level within the space instead of keeping it drier. As a result of the increased moisture condensing on the floor, framing’s or cooler wood surfaces, fungal development and wood deterioration are encouraged. If the proper insulation strategy has not been followed, vented crawlspaces may also be able to steal energy savings from the home’s living areas. It takes more than just caulking vent apertures to convert a vented crawlspace into an unvented, insulated, sealed, and dry space.

If naturally ventilated forms of combustion equipment are installed in the crawlspace, covering the vents without taking into account other factors could make the issue worse by raising the levels of moisture and possibly resulting in a fatal situation. In order to reduce the consequences of materials drying out quickly, it may be better to execute the closed crawlspace technique gradually, depending on the circumstances. The living area of a home’s wood-based finish products may sustain cosmetic damage from drying processes that are too quick or too thorough. On the other hand, hardwood flooring that is swelled and cupped may flatten as it dries.

Making a thorough assessment of the interior and exterior conditions is the first stage in creating a strategy for a crawlspace conversion. A licensed or certified contractor must conduct this examination in accordance with federal, state, and local laws. Before beginning to seal and insulate any crawlspace.

Our assesment team will look for any of these issues and more…
• Immediate health and safety issues we look for are
Electrical
Mechanical systems and or carbon monoxide levels
Mold growth
Asbestos
Hazardous materials storage

• Exterior moisture sources
Roof drainage away from the home/dwelling
Grading around the house
Foundation waterproofing & drainage
Access doors

• Interior moisture sources
Leaking drains and or supply plumbing
Condensation drains
Standing water on the floors
Crawlspace flooring
Vent openings
Sump pump

• Other contaminants
Animal infestations
Termites and carpenter ants

• Thermal
Insulation in the walls, ceilings and flooring
Space conditioning

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Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina,

North Carolina, Mississippi

For all your Crawl Space Encapsulation needs