Questions To Ask Yourself Before Investing In Crawl Space Encapsulation

Posted on: 8 February 2017

Crawl space encapsulation is the process of entirely sealing off your crawl space in order to make sure that no moisture gets through and harms the rest of your house. If you are a homeowner, you will want to make sure that your house does not smell of mildew or have any moisture problems that will potentially cause permanent damage. Crawl space encapsulation is very effective in terms of making sure that this does not occur. However, due to the cost and time that are required to set up this encapsulation, you will need to make sure that it is going to be worth it for your situation. Here are some questions that you can ask yourself in order to make sure that crawl space encapsulation is going to be worth your money.

1. Are you seeing a lot of mold or mildew in your basement without obvious sources of moisture?

The first thing that you want to look at is if you have a lot of mold or mildew in your basement or if there is a musty smell. If you know that your basement floods regularly, there is a good chance that the mold is a result of that flooding. However, if you don't see any obvious sources of water and you have checked thoroughly for potential flooding, this might be a sign that moisture from your attic and crawl space is moving through the vents to a cooler location, namely your basement. Without any obvious signs of moisture, you will need to consider crawl space encapsulation in order to stop mold from forming in your basement and potentially damaging your foundation.

2. Does it cost a ton of money for you to cool your house?

Another sign that you might need crawl space encapsulation is if your house never seems cool even though you're paying a fortune on electricity for air conditioning. This is likely due to the fact that the air that you're paying to cool is escaping out of your house through the crawl space. Encapsulating the crawl space will allow you to keep your cool air in your house.

3. Are your windows sweating or is your insulation wet?

If you notice that your insulation is wet or that the insides of your windows are sweating like a cool glass of water on a hot day, this is a final sign that you will need to encapsulate your crawl space to minimize the amount of moisture that gets out.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in crawl space encapsulation, such as Atlantic Heating and Cooling.


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