Crawlspace Encapsulation Services
Prior to modern crawlspace encapsulation methods that are common today, crawlspaces were vented to allow outside air to flow through them. This resulted in humid, damp crawlspaces that allowed mold to grow and gave easy access for pests to invade your home. The dirty air in the crawlspace o contains mold spores, dust mites, particulate fiberglass insulation and other allergens. This air will rise through the miniscule cracks in your home and affect the air quality of your home. The cracks exist around unsealed plumbing, electrical and HVAC penetrations in the wood or framing members. The humid air from outside will invade the crawlspace and cause condensation to form on the air condition ducts or on the floor joists and plumbing. Wet wood is more susceptible to mold and wood rot, which makes it more attractive to termites and other wood destroying organisms.
An unsealed crawlspace can also negatively impact your entire HVAC system because your air conditioner must work harder to keep the air colder in the summers and hotter in the winters since it is surrounded by air that reflects the temperature that is outside. This can drive heating and cooling bill up and shorten the life of your HVAC system. Often the old vapor barriers on the floors in crawlspaces are bunched or torn and not sealed properly so that they do not provide complete coverage of the solid floor. Encapsulating your crawlspace and replacing the old vapor barriers will protect your home and your family from the related health issues and prevent your home from needing future repairs.
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Are you noticing any of the following in your home or crawlspace?
- A musty smell throughout your home and increased asthma or allergy attacks
- Condensation collecting on ductwork, water pipes, framing members or insulation
- Dripping from the fiberglass batt insulation or discoloration, or having insulation fall from the weight of the moisture
- Damage from termites or other insects
- Infestations of crickets, mosquitoes, roaches or other pests
- Standing water in your crawlspace or on top of the vapor barrier
- Bunching or tears in the vapor barrier exposing the ground underneath
- Sweating and condensation along the HVAC ductwork
- Wood Rot through the exposed wood in the crawlspace
- Water stains on top of the vapor
- High humidity in your home and especially in your crawlspace
In order to keep your home health and comfortable, a crawlspace needs to be completely sealed and properly conditioned. The first step is to make sure that the crawlspace is not vented to allow outside air in. Studies have shown that this leads to problems. The best way to address this issue is to fully encapsulate the crawlspace which will help with humidity and moisture control, prevent mold and mildew from growing, improve your homes indoor air quality and improve the overall energy efficiency of your home.
These guys did a great job incapsulating my crawl space. They were timely, efficient and affordable. When there was a small problem, they came out first thing the next morning. You can tell they follow a high standard of business. Thanks
Crawlspace Encapsulation Experts
The Home Services team at EcoTek has more than 45 years of experience working in residential repairs and construction, including crawlspace improvement. Our expert team can turn your dirty and unhealthy crawlspace into a clean, sealed and healthy space. The crawlspace encapsulation service includes:
- Installation of polyethylene vapor barrier or crawlspace liner that is at least 12 mill thick and is reinforced which will be applied to the floor, foundation walls and support piers
- Removing old inefficient fiberglass batt insulation and replacing it with R10 Rigid Foam board insulation
- Installing a fully sealed insulated crawlspace access door
- Sealing and blocking crawlspace vents
- Adding small vents in the HAVC supply trunk to provide conditioned air to the crawlspace
Let The Crawlspace Encapsulation Professionals At EcoTek Do The Dirty Work For You!