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Incredible Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation

Blake Heron

Here’s the deal. Almost 20 percent of newly built homes in the south have crawl spaces. Not only that, but nearly 25 percent of homes in the northeast have crawl spaces as well.

Are you a homeowner that lives in North Carolina or Virginia state?

If yes, several crawl space encapsulation benefits are worth knowing. Check out nine incredible benefits of crawl space encapsulation now!

1. Reduces Humidity Issues

One of the biggest advantages of encapsulation is that it reduces humidity issues in your home like no other. As you may already know, humidity is a huge concern for homeowners in the south, no matter what time of year it is.

Why is that? Because too much crawl space moisture indoors can lead to severe issues like:

  • Mold
  • Wood rot
  • Fungal growth

On top of that, high levels of humidity can also lead to more pests invading your home. However, crawl space encapsulation is an easy fix. Fortunately, it can ventilate and waterproof your crawl space at all times to prevent moisture buildups in your home.

2. Controls Pest Problems

Speaking of controlling pest problems, this is another benefit of crawl space encapsulation. In case you didn’t know, crawl space encapsulation can shield your home from pesky pests by adding a protective layer against termites.

That’s not all. As long as your crawl space encapsulation is installed properly, you can help stop termites from entering your home before they start to invade it.

Of course, crawl space encapsulation is even more efficient when you pair it with products that repel nuisances like:

  • Rodents
  • Termites
  • Insects
  • Mold
  • Simple as that!

3. Lowers Heating Costs

One of the biggest sealed crawl space benefits is that it lowers heating costs dramatically for your entire household if you HVAC ducting is under the house. Yes, you read that right. Although it’s an investment to get your crawl space encapsulated, it’s worth it when you see the difference in your first energy bill.

But wait- there’s more. Not only that, but these energy-saving benefits will last for the lifetime of your crawl space encapsulation. How do we know this?

Thanks to the fact that you will have less outside air circulating through your crawl space, it will insulate this area even more. Naturally, this will protect your crawl space from the heat of the lower levels of your home as well.

That means that you will have much warmer floors in the winter, which will warm your whole household. How can you possibly beat that?

4. Healthy Air Quality

Did we mention that crawl space encapsulation cleans the air, too?

For those of you who are concerned about the air quality of your home, an encapsulated crawl space could be the solution to your problems. The space is clean, healthy and dry after install. It also stops mold in its tracks.

5. Eliminates Bad Odors

Raise your hand if you’ve ever noticed a suspicious smell coming from your home’s crawl space. If that’s the case, there is no harm with contacting a pro contractor to clean out your crawl space as needed before you encapsulate it.

Then, the smelly space can easily be sealed to prevent future odors from developing there. This is another result of its amazing ability to repel everything like:

  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Pests

No smell, no problem!

6. Easily Add Radiant Heating

Have you encapsulated your crawl space yet?

If so, you should know that you can easily add radiant heating to the flooring above your crawl space area.

Even though this is a pricey consideration, it can make your property even more energy-efficient than it was before. That’s because it can keep each room at a constant temperature throughout the year, saving you a bunch of money on your annual energy bill.

7. Excellent for Extra Storage

Because encapsulating your crawl space is a sanitary measure, you are more than welcome to use this space for extra storage. There’s nothing wrong with storing your belongings there, particularly because encapsulation reduces humidity.

In turn, the chances of having pests invading your crawl space area are greatly reduced too. Plus, using your crawl space as an additional storage area will be much cheaper than paying for storage on another property.

8. Decreases Mold Growth

We all know how dark and damp the crawl space underneath your home can be. When pests and mold begin to invade it, it can become even worse, creating everything from wood rot to unpleasant odors.

On the bright side, adding a “polyethylene barrier” will keep your crawl space dryer than ever, preventing pests and keeping them out for good.

9. Super Energy Efficient

Since crawl space encapsulation reduces humid, damp air in your home, it allows your HVAC system to use less energy and work more efficiently too. In the end, this will save you a lot of energy, which results in lower energy bills each month. Sounds like a win-win!

Bonus Benefits

Here are a couple of additional benefits of crawl space encapsulation!

#1. Dry framing keeps your floors nice and strong. Moisture weakens wooden floor framing so when we keep it dry, your house will stay strong.

#2. Floors become warmer in the winter. Because we seal out the cold air and you get to utilize the heat lost from the duct work, your cold floors will feel comfortable!

#3. HVAC units will likely last longer due to the decreased strain. Less work equals a longer expected life of use.

The Many Advantages of Crawl Space Encapsulation

Still not sure what the many advantages of crawl space encapsulation are?

Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered. When it comes to the benefits of encapsulation, we’re the experts. From estimates to installation, we’re here to help.

On the hunt for crawl space encapsulation?

Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free analysis and quote today!

Written By Blake Heron

Blake has specialized in crawl space & foundation repairs for over 10 years (since 2012). His prior engineering and business degrees from James Madison University in VA prepared him for a mastery of problem solving with crawl space & foundation repair issues. He is one of America’s top experts on crawl space encapsulation. As Founder of both ‘BAY Crawl Space & Foundation Repair’ as well as ‘GridLock Foundations’ he is a leading industry expert on crawl space foundation repairs.

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