Crawl Space Encapsulation
Getting crawl space encapsulation can be one of the most important and
beneficial decisions you make for your home. The crawl space is a small
open area under the house that is mainly used for storage and easy access
to the plumbing. The ground is usually not covered, so the dirt is considered
the crawl space's floor.
What you may not know is that forty percent of the air that you, your family,
and your friends breathe on the first floor of your home is circulated from the
crawl space. That means that if your crawl space is buggy, moldy, and filled with
airborne bacteria, that is being circulated into the air you breathe and
it then enters your lungs. That is pretty disgusting to think about. People
that have respiratory problems, allergies, or asthma are susceptible more
than most to these effects, and it can be a nightmare for them.
Thankfully, there is a way to eradicate all of these issues. That is the
process of crawl space encapsulation. Basically, getting your
crawl space encapsulated is kind of like putting a shield around the space itself. It helps regulate
the air flow, keeping bad air out and good air coming in.
Crawl Space Encapsulation: The Process
There are a few steps that professionals who encapsulate crawl spaces follow
to make sure the job is done right:
- The first step, if it already has not been done, is to remove all of the
organic matter inside the crawl space such as wood planks, paint cans,
etc. These need to be removed so the encapsulation material can sit flush
with the floor.
secondly, if the home owner has a
drain tile can be applied around the perimeter of the crawl space in a combination with a
sump pump to remove the water issue. A trench is dug for the pipes and tile to sit
underneath the floor and out of the way to properly expel the water.
- A dispersal fabric is then laid on the entire floor. This disperses the
soil gases and the moisture towards the perimeter of the crawl space towards
the drain tile so it can be removed. It is essentially a heavy duty vapor
barrier. It also adds a cushion for storage and puts some ease on the
knees if you need to go under.
- Another liner is placed on the walls and the floor of the crawl space.
It is basically a thicker vapor barrier than the first. The seams are
overlapped and caulked, and then seal taped to ensure complete encapsulation.
If you try to do
crawl space encapsulation on your own, you will not get the results of a properly encapsulated crawl
space. To prevent any harm from a dirty and grungy crawl space, take the
time to look into professional crawl space encapsulation. A healthy and
happy home is only a step away. Call
Reliable Basement Service’s
ree Estimate 630-777-0539.