Encapsulation helps keep your crawl space a conditioned space, reducing strain on your HVAC and keeping clean conditioned air flowing beneath your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, leaks in a duct system allow unconditioned air to be drawn into the air conditioning system, increasing cooling costs by 20% to 30%. Leaky air ducts in y our crawl space also contribute to indoor humidity levels, leading to builder callbacks in new homes.Traditional, "vented" crawl spaces have shown significant evidence of structural, mold, and pest problems.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 50% of the air in your crawl space will circulate throughout your home. A proper encapsulation seals your crawl space off from the rest of your home.
High humidity is prominent throughout the southeast during the warm summer months. The original concept behind a vented crawl space was centered around fresh outdoor air moving in one outside of the air and pushing out humid air. This works unless the air entering the crawl space is already humid, just as it is during the warm summer months here in Georgia. This provides optimal growing conditions for mold, wood destroying insects, and wood rot. Our crawl space liner also has an antimicrobial added to the tan layer to enhance the vapor barriers natural ability to resist mold and mildew.
After we have removed all of the excess debris and sealed your entire crawlspace off with a white polyethylene vapor barrier, you'll practically be able to charge rent down there. Providing you with another conditioned environment allows you more usable space in your home for storage, etc.
Often times, damp crawlspaces have foul odors if not taken care of properly. Water activates most bacteria and these smells can penetrate your HVAC system or gaps and cracks in your flooring system. Encapsulating your crawlspace helps keep these odors at bay by keeping humidity levels low and moisture out of your crawlspace. Our vapor barrier is also made with 100% virgin polyethylene so it will last indefinitely and will never off-gas.
High humidity levels from your crawlspace or unfinished basement can also cause cupping and buckling of hardwood floors. Call us for a free estimate today!
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