Closed Crawl Space: Separate Myths from Facts
A closed crawl space can make all the difference to prevent moisture and condensation problems. However, many homeowners have been misled or misinformed about the benefits of sealing their crawl space and the proper way to go about it.
The foundation of your home shouldn’t be taken lightly. Your home’s stability and your family’s health could be at risk if you overlook any problem signs. Your crawl space may be a small portion of your home, but it can create a massive problem for homeowners if it’s not taken care of properly.
Are you having trouble deciding if your crawl space needs to be inspected or repaired? If so, remember the following facts, uncovered from crawl space myths, that will help you make the right decision to protect your home’s foundation.
Closed Crawl Space Vents
In the past, it was believed that homeowners should, “let their crawl space breathe.” Come to find out, this was way off the mark. A crucial step to preventing moisture and condensation in your crawl space is closing and sealing off your crawl space vents. If your vents are open, the outside air will enter your crawl space and cause moisture problems. Furthermore, mold and mildew could begin to form and pests could find their way in.
20 mil Vapor Barrier or Bust
There is a wide variety of vapor barriers in the market. Nevertheless, your preferred choice should be an easy decision. It all comes down to sizing, which ranges from 6 mil to 20 mil. In this case, the thicker the vapor barrier, the better off your crawl space will be. A 20 mil liner creates the most effective barrier for potential allergens and mold that easily seep through thinner barriers. The 20 mil liner is safer and lasts longer than thinner versions that are more likely to tear and need replacing.
Moisture is your Crawl Space’s Greatest Enemy
Your crawl space wasn’t built to stay dry. From open vents to dirt floors, water will find its way into your crawl space. Encapsulation is your crawl space’s cure. Have a sump pump installed to rid any water and drainage problems, put in a vapor barrier, and close your vents and loose doors. Finally, bring in a dehumidifier to control moisture in the air.
Crawl Space Repair is NOT a “Do It Yourself” Project
Some homeowners try the “DIY” strategy when it comes to crawl space encapsulation or repair. However, this could end up costing you more in the future, while creating even bigger problems for your crawl space. It’s important to have a professional inspect your crawl space and provide the proper repairs. At JES, we don’t just fix the problem; we fix the cause of the problem as well, so it doesn’t happen again.
Have your home’s crawl space inspected by a professional to ensure the proper solution is put in place. A closed crawl space will not only add value to your home, but also add the stability that your foundation needs.