Crawl Space Encapsulation for Sandy Springs Homes
Sandy Springs Homes and Crawl Space Encapsulation
Southern homes are familiar with heavier storm systems and consistent humid conditions that could damage the structure and leave property owners considering crawl space encapsulation for their Sandy Springs residences. Even with the structural advantages of this type of foundation beneath their homes, it can attract pest infestations and water and pooling that does not quickly dry up. Encapsulation resolves this by adding moisture-resistant plastic sheeting, sealing vents, and installing permanent moisture regulating equipment.
What Does Encapsulating Deter?
Crawl space encapsulation in Sandy Springs properties is intended to deter several unfavorable conditions. Covering the exposed walls, piers, and flooring with polyethylene sheeting while using mold inhibitors can be an effective deterrent for:
● Standing Water – Keeping out floodwater or groundwater infiltration wards off damaging secondary effects like mold and mildew.
● Mold – Microbial growth can harm your health, leave strong odors through the living area, and spread beyond the crawl space if allowed to colonize.
● Infestations – Insects and rodents find hospitable conditions in your crawl space. Encapsulation makes areas less accessible.
● Structural Damage – Water and mold damage dramatically impact structural integrity. Covering sensitive surfaces protects the strength and lifespan of structural supports like piers, foundational walls, floor joists, and concrete flooring.
Benefits of Sealing a Crawl Space
No one should spend the money on a service they do not need, so our customers need to understand the benefits of this encapsulation for their residence. The most direct benefits are the prevention of water and mold in this lower space of your house, but there are additional connected advantages, such as:
● Preventing the smells of mildewing
● Preventing foundation damage
● Preventing pest infestations
● Lowering heating and cooling costs
How Does AdvantaClean Perform the Job?
As water restoration and mold remediation experts, we are trained for preventative care like encapsulation. Understanding the steps can show customers that the process is not lengthy or intrusive for the advantages it ultimately provides the residence.
● Sealing Vents and Openings
Before covering surfaces with polyethylene sheets, structural openings must be addressed and removed. Not sealing up gaps, vents, and holes in the foundation negate the purpose of encapsulation. Our AdvantaClean professionals use a combination of closed-cell spray foam and rigid foam to address openings, cracks, and structural vulnerabilities, allowing water or air penetration.
These same foams, along with fiberglass batt insulation, can be used along the supports of your main level to dramatically improve heating and cooling efficiency throughout the year. A colder or hotter crawl space can often impact your house beneath the main floor without a preventative protective insulation layer.
● Installing Vapor Barrier
Much of the encapsulation process relies on tacking or adhering polyethylene sheeting to exposed surfaces of the crawl space. This is total coverage of all visible materials with 12-mil Boen plastic sheeting. With a 10' roll width, we can limit the number of seams needing sealing in the work area as we seek to cover building materials and the dirt/concrete floor entirely.
● Installing Permanent Dehumidification
Our professionals often find that installing a permanent dehumidification unit is the best method of preventing recurring issues in a moisture-prone crawl space. The objective is to keep humidity below 50% to ward off possible mold development or structural damage, which a dehumidification unit can accomplish.
Is Your Crawl Space Ready for Encapsulation?
Trust the experts of our AdvantaClean of Sandy Springs team to help with every aspect of crawl space encapsulation for our Sandy Springs area neighbors. You don't have to suffer the burden of a moldy, wet crawl space anymore. Our experts are ready to help when you need it at (470) 819-2070.
A pre-installation inspection is necessary to determine your home's preparedness for the service. The first obstacle for many properties is the required drainage around the house's foundation. French drains redirect destructive water flow away from the support system for the property. With in-house contractors, we can help when additional construction or building services are necessary to prepare a home for encapsulation.