Do I Need Crawlspace Encapsulation?

Do I Need Crawlspace Encapsulation?

A crawlspace is usually an afterthought when it comes to home maintenance. You rarely have to enter it, so it’s easy forgotten. But neglecting this part of your home can lead to structural damage and costly repairs in the future.

You may have heard about crawlspace encapsulation and wondered, “do I really need that?” There are several benefits to this service that can make immediate and long-term improvements to your living situation. Here are just a few:

Preventing mold: Moisture in a crawlspace leads to the growth of mold and mildew, which in turn leads to structural damage and health issues. Mold creates a musty odor that can originate in the crawlspace but circulate through your entire home. Encapsulation keeps the moisture out and stops mold from developing in this vulnerable area of your home. 

Improving heating and cooling efficiency: When your HVAC unit is fighting against damp air to regulate your home’s temperature, the energy spent goes up and so does your utility bill. Encapsulation prevents air from leaking in or out so your HVAC can operate more efficiently and save you money. You will also feel the difference in the temperature of your floors, avoiding cold hardwood in the winter months.

Maintaining a strong foundation: A damp crawlspace means moisture is seeping through the ground around your home’s foundation. Over time, this can cause erosion, widen cracks and encourage mold growth. Encapsulation will keep moisture out of your crawlspace, cutting off that path to a weakened foundation.

Pest control: A barrier for moisture can also have an effect on pests. Insects, rodents and other creatures will try to make your crawlspace their home. An encapsulated crawlspace makes it more difficult for those pests to enter and wreak havoc on the structures under your house. 

Encapsulation may be the best option for your home, and a certified technician with a reputable company can walk you through the process. AdvantaClean offers free inspections to determine if your home could benefit from crawlspace encapsulation.