Crawl Space Encapsulation - Signs of Moisture Problems and the Benefits of Sealing

Monday, December 30th, 2019

Install Crawl Space Encapsulation

As long as you have a crawl space in your Cleveland, OH, home, you can’t ignore what happens in there. After all, it’s typically where your ductwork and electrical wires run and combustion appliance stays. Leave it to deteriorate and your home will become almost unbearable. Crawling insects and pests will come in and take over. Cold air from the outside will make your floors and walls cold while toxic emissions spoil the quality of indoor air.

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Crawl space encapsulation is optional. You can choose to seal it or not. However, a time will come when you can’t avoid it. Don’t wait for moisture problems to arise. Take action as soon as you notice these signs:

Sweat on your windows is the first sign that your crawl space needs to be sealed. In a normal home, windows shouldn’t be humid. Condensation is a sign that your home has high moisture levels, the source of which could be the crawl space. If your home is overrun by crawling insects and rodents, it’s a sign that the crawl space is warm and damp. Many critters thrive in humid environments.

Cracks in your foundation should also alert you to the need of encapsulating your crawl space. Otherwise, water will keep seeping into your floor and walls, making them cold. Plus, humidity can cause hydrostatic pressure to build up and damage your foundation.

High energy costs are another tell-tale sign that your crawl space needs sealing. Otherwise, your HVAC system will keep running for a long time and consume more energy.

Lastly, musty odors or smells are other indicators that something isn’t right in your home. Check your crawl space and fix it.

5 Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation

Encapsulating your crawl space is a cost-effective way of protecting your home from excessive moisture and water damage. Though sealing the crawl space may seem expensive at first, it offers many benefits to the Cleveland, OH, homeowner including:

The first benefit of sealing and insulating the crawl space is lower monthly bills. Encapsulation can reduce your energy bills by up to 20%. As well as lowering your energy costs, which is a problem in homes with vented crawl spaces, sealing also prolongs the lifespan of your HVAC system. Air handlers and ducts in open crawl spaces don’t last as long as those in sealed and conditioned spaces. Yours will, as they’re housed in a sealed space.

You can also expect fewer pest and termite incursions after you seal up the crawl space. Pests such as mice and rats are destructive in nature. Left unchecked, they can cause serious damage to the wooden structures under your home and introduce lice and diseases. Sealing the crawl space helps keep them outside where they belong.

Say goodbye to freezing cold floors and oppressive heat. Sealing, insulating and conditioning your crawl space makes a home that was once cold and dull noticeably comfortable. Summer months won’t be hot and humid, nor will winter be cold and dreary. Your HVAC system will work more efficiently and ensure every room has uniform temperatures.

Vented crawl spaces are known to harbor mold, bacteria, and other awful microorganisms. All these can cause serious health problems, which could mean more hospital visits and continuous medication. Sealing locks out all these harmful microorganisms including carbon monoxide from back-drafting. The result is clean and fresh indoor air all year round.

Lastly, sealing helps boost the structural integrity of your home. A damp crawl space will often lead to wood rot and damp foundation walls and floors. Cyclic expansion and contraction of water will cause cracks, which can weaken your foundation. Sealing helps prevent wood decay and metal rust. As a result, your subfloor structure will remain strong and hold your home for many years.

Looking at the list of benefits that accrue from sealing your home, encapsulation shouldn’t be an afterthought. Talk to your local basement contractor and see what solution they have.

Want to Encapsulate Your Crawl Space?

Encapsulation is a five-step process that goes like this:

  1. Crawl space inspection and preparation including dirt clean-up, debris removal, and small repairs
  2. Sealing of gaps, vents, and doors with covers or spray foam to create an airtight space
  3. Crawl space encapsulation using a 20-mil polyethylene vapor barrier
  4. Preventing floods and runoff water by installing an interior perimeter drainage system and sump pump
  5. Moisture control using a self-draining dehumidifier

If you’d like to seal up your crawl space against crawling insects, pests, and moisture, contact Ohio Basement Systems and request a free crawl space encapsulation quote today. We have the knowledge and experience to insulate and seal your crawl space properly.