Unfortunately, there are a lot of homeowners who don’t give much thought to their crawl space environment until there is a problem. However, you need to understand the importance of this area, and the fact that nearly 50% of the air you and your family breathes first originated in this area. That being said, you need to be sure that you are doing what you can to keep the space safe, dry, and healthy. This means that you need to be sure that the proper waterproofing products are in place, and the proper encapsulation processes have been done.
Signs of Crawl Space Problems
- Damp standing water
- Rusty metal surfaces in the crawl space
- Damp or rotten wood
- Musty odors
- Pests (insects and rodents)
- Water condensing on pipes and other surfaces
- Dirty or dame fiberglass insulation
At Level It, we can provide you with crawl space encapsulation, repair, and waterproofing. Encapsulation involves sealing the space off from the outside world so that moisture, humidity, and unwanted critters can’t get inside to cause problems. Moisture and humidity can cause a wide variety of problems, including wood rot and decay, mold and mildew growth, and even foundation problems. You must act fast if you have noticed water pooling up under your home, or if your indoor air smells very musty – this could be a sign of mold growth.
During the encapsulation process, we will install vapor barriers, floor liners, sump pumps, and dehumidifiers for humidity control in the air. The vapor barriers we use are a 10-mil or 16-mil thick product. They are thick so that they can resist tearing over time. They’re a woven product, and they will be able to keep out unwanted moisture and pests. After your vapor barrier is in place, it will also make your home much more energy efficient. When you have a sealed CS, conditioned air from your home can’t escape. Also, hot or cold air from outside can’t get inside. This means your air conditioner and heater don’t need to work as hard to keep your family comfortable throughout each season of the year. This could potentially mean huge cost savings for you from month to month on your energy bills.