Crawl Space Encapsulation

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At Ron’s, we don’t just provide the latest in techniques and technology and top-notch customer service to clean and disinfect every room and duct in your home from the floor up; we have added crawl space encapsulation to our list of services that brings added value in the form of lower energy costs and better air quality.

Anywhere from 40-60% of the air you breathe in your home is shared with your crawl space; therefore, it is incredibly important to ensure that this area is dry and free of contaminants. Varying heights of elevation and the diversity of the climate in the Upstate, combined with the darkness of a crawl space, can create the perfect environment for mold, pests and moisture to accumulate. Our team will help to identify and address any existing crawl space issue, such as standing water or mold growth; then the full process of encapsulation begins. To get the process started, call Ron’s at (864) 297-6440.

What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

The primary function of encapsulation is to create a barrier within your crawl space to insulate against humidity. Insulating the crawl space aids in preventing large pests from infiltrating the space, and lowers utility costs by helping to regulate temperature and humidity levels. The process is extensive, very thorough and, in recent years, has become one of the most popular home improvements homeowners have added to their list of projects that adds great overall value to their properties.

The most complete way to take care of your crawl space and maintain high quality air is to opt for a full crawl space encapsulation. We do not recommend settling for simply installing a vapor barrier and/or skipping any of the other important features and steps of this process.

The Process of Encapsulation

We start by ensuring that the crawl space is dry, with no standing water. We may install a sump pump as a back-up to eliminate any future instances of water pooling in the crawl space.

Next, we seal the vents, walls and dirt floor of the crawl space with an engineered plastic cover, special drainage mats, and perimeter drains. This step will keep moisture and allergens from entering the space and will also reduce the amount of unconditioned air that may enter the living space from below the ground and beyond the foundation walls.

Finally, we install a dehumidifier that will remove remaining moisture from your crawl space area, level out the humidity and clean the air as it circulates. A dehumidifier is important to control the environment in your damp crawl space, as excess moisture can lead to the growth of mold, allergens, wood damage, and proliferation of a variety of pests. We may install a ventilation fan, depending upon your home’s unique ventilation situation. We will also ensure all the seams and joists are properly insulated and sealed.

 

Four of the most important reasons to seal your crawl space in the Upstate include:

  • Reduce your energy bill – it is less expensive to heat and cool dry air; a crawl space encapsulation can save you up to 18% on heating and cooling costs.
  • Create a safer and healthier environment for your family – reduce allergens, moisture, pests and improve air quality as detailed above.
  • Protect your investment – your home is likely your single largest investment and, with proper care and maintenance, will remain in good condition for many decades.
  • Additional quality storage – Once encapsulated, you will additionally gain an area that is perfect for storage, as it will be free of pests, mold, erratic temperatures and moisture.

9 Common Crawl Space Problems Fixed By Encapsulation

Encapsulating your crawl space involves fixing foundation waterproofing problems to make sure it is safe, healthy and does not propagate excess humidity or other problems listed below.

The air quality in many crawl spaces is typically less than ideal for many reasons: inadequate conditioning and potential exposure to rodent waste, mold spores, wet soil and other hazards. This air rises into your home and can lead to musty odors or other unpleasant smells. Proper conditioning and ventilation in the crawl space will mean greater comfort and air quality for you and your loved ones upstairs.

Keeping moisture levels at bay leads to greater structural integrity in your flooring reinforcement. Encapsulation protects your home by discouraging damage to floor joists and supports.

Burst water pipes are a major concern in winter. With a properly insulated crawl space, your chances of experiencing a burst pipe during freezing temperatures decrease significantly.

Without proper treatment, items stored in the crawl space are vulnerable to water damage and mold. With a professional crawl space encapsulation, you can finally utilize that area for clean, dry storage space and rest easy knowing your things are protected from the elements and more.

With crawl space encapsulation, your home will be more comfortable in the winter. Cold floors are a symptom of a crawl space that is not properly conditioned and insulated.

Many homeowners are surprised at the increased energy efficiency of their homes after crawl space encapsulation. In cold months, cold outside air is blocked from entering the crawl space, reducing your heat loss and your heating bills. During the summer, hot air is blocked from entering the crawl space, allowing your air conditioning units to run more efficiently; thus, lowering cooling costs. This also reduces the cost of HVAC appliances since it decreases the stress put on the system.

When you seal your crawl space professionally, you are discouraging the formation of entry and exit paths for rodents and insects, as well as water sources that entice them to find their way in and out in the first place. You can worry less about spiders, termites, mice and other pests gaining access to your space and creating and unhygienic environment with a proper full crawl space encapsulation from Ron’s.

Crawl space encapsulation can help avoid huge headaches when you are selling your home by avoiding all of the situations listed above that create potential areas of needed repair and loss of property value. This helps to ensure your home passes a thorough home inspection, and turns what is typically a sore spot for those placing their homes on the market into a fantastic selling point.

Ron's Cares

Our team at Ron’s wants to help our loyal customers from Greenville, Taylors, Spartanburg, Easley, Anderson and the surrounding Upstate areas, breathe easy knowing that we are prepared to do all that it takes to bring every advantage of crawl space encapsulation to your homes and properties. Call or contact us today to get started!

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