On top of pest control, crawl space encapsulation can benefit you in a variety of ways. There are many reasons homeowners should pursue crawl space encapsulation; it’s not just about making sure you don’t have any issues with termites.
Obviously, pest control is an important facet of crawl space encapsulation. However, these are some of the other reasons you may want to pursue it.
Less Potential for Mold and Mildew
This is one of the more prominent things that can happen due to crawl space moisture. If you have high relative humidity in your crawl space, you may easily end up with mold, which grows around 70% relative humidity.
Crawl space encapsulation can help you keep that relative humidity lower. Your crawl space’s relative humidity should be around 55-60%. Encapsulation allows your crawl space to achieve that number and keep it.
If you already have mold or mildew, it’s important to note that you should get an expert to clean things up before you get in there. Mold can be very dangerous to remove on your own. A JES expert can help you remove the existing mold or mildew in your crawl space.
Fewer Structural Issues
Whether it’s mold, mildew, or wood rot, crawl space humidity can seriously impact your home’s structural integrity. After all, the crawl space typically has an intimate relationship with your home’s foundation.
Crawl space moisture has a negative impact on your home’s structural integrity, and that’s never something you want in your home. Ideally, you want the strongest possible structure for your home, and structural strength starts with a dry crawl space.
Keeping your crawl space dry reduces your likelihood of wood rot, mold, mildew, and a variety of other problems. Even if you don’t currently have moisture problems, a JES expert can help you make sure you keep it that way.
Lower Energy Bills
Did you know that crawl space moisture can have a serious impact on your energy usage? You could be using up to 15% more energy than you need to every month, which is a serious amount of savings over the course of a year.
The moisture in your crawl space doesn’t stay in your crawl space. Due to a physics concept called the “stack effect,” it sweeps up into the rest of the home and makes the entire space humid. Because humid air feels warmer, you’re probably straining your air conditioner by running it longer and more often than it needs to be.
This is a great argument for encapsulating your crawl space as soon as possible. Although it may be a bit more expensive up front, you may be able to save enough money to make it worth your while as it prevents problems in the future.
Related to the previous point of lower energy bills, by encapsulating your crawl space with a durable vapor barrier like CrawlSeal™, this helps insulate the crawl space. However, a vapor barrier is no substitute for trusted crawl space insulation.
Instead of soft fiberglass insulation that can easily fail and harbor mold and pests, JES installs a more effective and long-lasting kind of insulation. ExTremeBloc™ rigid insulation panels have a graphite-enhanced, expanded polystyrene core, as well as a durable film facer on each side. Unlike fiberglass insulation, ExTremeBloc™ panels are termite-resistant, as an integrated termiticide is added during the manufacturing process to deter termites in below-grade crawl spaces.
Other features that set ExTremeBloc™ panels apart are their preservation against termite degradation per code requirements, and they carry a limited lifetime termite resistance warranty.
Crawl space encapsulation and insulation go hand in hand to properly seal your crawl space and prevent problems with moisture and pests like termites. While each has its own purpose, they work well together in protecting your sensitive below-grade space.