You may be wondering why you even need to think about encapsulating your crawl space. At Ron’s Total Home Services, we find there are a number of reasons homeowners need to consider encapsulation.
Here are some of the most common examples:
1. Crawl Space Leaks and Flooding
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.
2. Musty or Unpleasant Smells
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.
3. Damage to Wood Supports or Floors
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.
4. Burst Pipes
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.
5. Damage to Stored Items
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.
6. Cold Floors during Winter
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.
7. High Air Conditioning and Heating Bills
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.
8. Pest Control
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.
9. Headaches When Selling Your Home
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.
If you are interested in crawl space encapsulation, contact Ron’s Total Home services today to learn if it is right for your home.