If your crawl space is the reason you have such high electric bills, you should choose crawl space encapsulation to avoid future problems with your crawl space moisture. What does crawl space encapsulation look like?
Remove Standing Water and Debris
The first step of crawl space encapsulation is to remove standing water and debris wherever it may be in your crawl space. Debris may include wet insulation, the remnants of previous ineffective crawl space vapor barriers, and anything else in your crawl space. You may need tools like an interior drainage system and a sump pump to remove any standing water currently in the crawl space.
It’s important that you clean the crawl space before encapsulation. If you don’t remove the current standing water and debris, you’re much more likely to have a problem during the encapsulation process. Only by starting from a blank slate, which is the crawl space with no standing water or debris, can you achieve full and complete encapsulation.
Seal Crawl Space Vents
Next, you need to seal open crawl space vents. Not all homes have open crawl space vents; some homes do have closed crawl space vents or none at all. However, if you do have open crawl space vents, this is the time where you should install a crawl space vent cover over your vents so air can no longer move freely in and out of the home.
JES offers crawl space vent covers that you can simply apply to your crawl space vents so you don’t have to take any drastic measures if you want to cover your crawl space. It’s a good idea to do this right after you remove any existing debris so that you don’t have to worry about water and air coming in from the outside during the encapsulation process.
Add a Crawl Space Vapor Barrier
Next, you should put down a high-quality crawl space vapor barrier. This is such an important step that when many people think of crawl space encapsulation, they’re really thinking about adding a vapor barrier to the crawl space. However, unfortunately, some people choose to put down a crawl space vapor barrier that’s not high enough quality to last them for a long time.
This is why you need to settle for nothing but the best, so you don’t have to constantly go back and fix it. JES only uses the CrawlSeal™ 20-mil crawl space vapor barrier to ensure the best possible seal. When you’re encapsulating your crawl space, you want the best, and that’s exactly what this 20-mil crawl space vapor barrier offers.
Install a Dehumidifier
Lastly, you may need to install a dehumidifier in the space. This may or may not be necessary for every crawl space encapsulation, but if you live in an especially humid area or you had a lot of crawl space moisture concerns before encapsulation, it might be the best decision.
This dehumidifier may need to be there for a very short time or instead for a very long time. However, if you use an energy-efficient dehumidifier and listen to the guidelines from the crawl space repair expert who’s helping you with the encapsulation process, you’ll be able to maintain your home’s moisture levels more easily.