While homes with crawl spaces have been built since the 1800s, it was only after the WW II that they became really popular. They can be built quicker and more inexpensively than homes with full basements. However, because building science was still in its infancy, builders didn’t know then what we know now: that the typical dirt-floored, vented crawl space is a source of so many problems that scientists recommend crawl space encapsulation for every home with this type of foundation. Below are a few very good reasons to have your crawl space encapsulated.
Protect the structural integrity of you home
The wooden beams, piers and floor joists tend to soak up moisture from ground water evaporation and condensation. Wet, soft wood favors mold growth, dry rot, and is quite inviting to termites and other wood-eating pests. You want to keep the crawl space and the floor structure above it as dry as possible, year-round.
Protect your family’s health.
The air in your home is constantly moving upwards. It gets sucked from the foundation and escapes through the roof. For that reason, at least 1/3 of the air you breathe in your home is coming straight from your crawl space, bringing with it mold spores, dust mite droppings, and other pollutants. mold and dust mites are the two main triggers of indoor allergies, including asthma.
Lower your energy bills.
If you have air ducts running through your crawl space, the energy losses can be substantial. Think about it. The air that you are paying to heat and cool, is running through a crawl space that is too cold during the winter, and too hot during the summer. That air is gaining or loosing temperature before it makes into the rooms it is supposed to cool and heat. All while your HVAC is working much harder than needed to keep your home comfortable.
If your would like to protect your property, your family and sav big on energy bills, contact us for a free estimate. We are the only contractor in your area that backs our crawl space services with the Healthy Crawl Space Certificate!