Moisture’s Dangerous Impact: The Argument for Crawl Space Encapsulation

On the other side of the coin, you may hear some people instead advocate for crawl space encapsulation. This is a different method of tackling crawl space pest control. Crawl space encapsulation instead ensures that moisture from the outside of your home doesn’t come into the inside of your home.

How can crawl space encapsulation benefit you when it comes to pest control? These are some of the reasons it’s becoming more popular. 

There Are Many Ways for Moisture to Invade a Crawl Space

Moisture in a crawl space doesn’t just arise from leaks in the walls or floor. Although this is a possibility, there are many reasons you can experience moisture in a crawl space, from plumbing leaks to flooding from a natural disaster.

A crawl space encapsulation helps with these moisture problems. It’s especially helpful for dirt crawl spaces because it stops moisture rising from the wet soil underneath your home.

It’s difficult to avoid moisture in your home if you haven’t put time and effort into a crawl space encapsulation. This option helps you avoid those moisture issues, especially if your crawl space is already prone to them.

Moisture Leads to Structural Problems

All types of moisture can cause structural problems. That includes both standing water and moisture that forms as a result of high relative humidity. Regardless of the type of moisture you’re dealing with, you may end up with foundation problems because of it.

Remember, termites aren’t the only things that can cause structural damage. It’s important that you avoid high levels of moisture in your crawl space if you’re looking for better structural integrity.

Even moisture you don’t notice can cause serious problems. The only way to truly avoid structural problems that arise from high humidity and moisture is to talk to a JES expert and discuss whether crawl space encapsulation is the right choice. 

Moisture Can Void a Termite Warranty

Many people don’t know this, but a crawl space with high relative humidity can void your termite warranty. If you have a crawl space, you should encapsulate it even if you have a termite warranty.

No one wants to assume they have coverage only to realize their coverage is void due to a home repair choice they never made. If you have a crawl space, even if it’s currently healthy, it’s worth it to avoid high levels of relative humidity.

Even if you don’t currently have high levels of moisture, there are clearly many ways your home can start having those problems. Do you really want to risk it? Instead, you should discuss crawl space encapsulation early.

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