Guardian Foundation Repair Offers A Variety Of Crawl Space Encapsulation Services in Knoxville, Johnson City and East Tennessee.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
Crawl Space Encapsulation – Why Do I Need It?
Older homes usually have a crawl space in place of a basement. It is similar to, but much smaller than a basement and is vented to the outside allowing air to circulate underneath the property. Though a crawl space cannot be used as a living space, it can be used as storage. Typically, crawl spaces are dark, damp, dusty, and home to different kinds of insects and rodents. Crawl spaces are also connected to the vital structures of a house which support the walls and floors, as well as housing electrical wiring and plumbing. A problem in the crawl space, if not addressed right away, can spread to the rest of the house as they are connected.
Water damage is the usual cause of problems in crawl spaces. A humid climate can create excessive moisture in a crawl space and can become a breeding ground for mildew and molds. If left untreated, it will affect the quality of the air you are breathing at home. It can also lead to insect infestation, rotting floors and beams, and an increase in energy bills. Guardian Foundation Repair offers first class repair service options for your crawl space. Furthermore, we offer a solution to help prevent crawl space damage by installing crawl space encapsulation.
Crawl Space Encapsulation – How Does It Work?
Encapsulation is used to reduce the moisture issues in your crawl space. It works by completely sealing your crawl space with a heavy-duty polyethylene barrier and tape. Once your space is completely sealed, you are required to install either a dehumidifier (the most commonly used appliance), air supply from an HVAC system, or a small exhaust fan. These are installed to regulate the moisture in the air and to maintain a healthy humidity level. Encapsulating should be an investment to all homeowners who have crawl spaces. The benefits of investing in this are:
Improves Indoor Air Quality – crawl space encapsulation prevents excessive moisture and dramatically reduces the possibility of mildew and molds growing, meaning the indoor air you breathe is better quality and less harmful to your health.
Protects Your Property – encapsulating your crawl space and preventing excessive moisture also prevents your wooden framing from rotting and your floors from buckling. It also acts as a barrier to keep insects and rodents away.
Reduces Energy Bills – by sealing your crawl space, it seals the air in your home and keeps it cold during the summer and warm during the winter. No need to amp up your air conditioner and heater. It can reduce your energy costs between 15% to 18% annually.