How can you stop crawl space moisture? The answer is simple. You need to encapsulate your crawl space. This can sound like a very daunting and difficult process, but if you put your trust in a JES crawl space repair expert, dealing with moisture can be easy. Here’s how a JES crawl space expert will encapsulate your space.
Step 1: Remove Existing Water
The first step to crawl space encapsulation is removing any existing standing water. Obviously, you won’t be able to start work on avoiding future standing groundwater unless you’re dealing with a generally clean crawl space. There are a number of methods you can use to remove the existing water in your crawl space, making it much easier for you to do the next steps.
One of the most common methods of removing existing standing water in a crawl space is with a simple sump pump. Sump pumps are great for removing standing water because they take the water – usually collected by an interior drainage system – and pump it out entirely.
Step 2: Close Crawl Space Vents
Next, it’s important to close all crawl space vents. Now that you know you don’t have any standing water in your crawl space, don’t you want to make sure you don’t end up with more? Closing the crawl space vents for good can help you make sure you don’t end up with serious moisture problems in your crawl space in the future, especially if those moisture problems are related to floods and rain.
Typically, closing crawl space vents is generally a pretty simple process. You can use crawl space vent covers, which go on top of your crawl space vents, to make sure no air or moisture can come inside. A JES crawl space expert can give you more insight into how they may be able to handle the vent-closing process.
Step 3: Install a High-Quality Vapor Barrier
The next step is to install a vapor barrier that’s thick enough to hold up to repeated crawl space expeditions. Although the minimum requirement is typically a 6-mil crawl space barrier, you should never opt for that over a thicker one, especially when you’re trying to encapsulate your crawl space. This can just make the crawl space barrier tear over time.
Instead, it’s important to opt for the most powerful vapor barrier available. JES only uses the 20-mil CrawlSeal™ crawl space vapor barrier. The 20-mil barrier is more than three times as thick as most building residential codes require, and that makes it perfect if you’re trying to keep your crawl space from having any additional damage. This includes damage due to moisture and damage that can occur to the vapor barrier itself.
Step 4: Add a Crawl Space Dehumidifier
The last step should be adding a crawl space dehumidifier if necessary. The crawl space dehumidifier is an important part of encapsulation because it helps regulate the moisture levels in the crawl space. Even after encapsulation, it might be an important option.
If you do use a one, it’s important to consult a crawl space repair expert so you can understand your unique needs. Plus, you need a crawl space dehumidifier that’s as energy efficient as possible. When you consult a crawl space repair expert from JES, you’ll get an answer to these questions and any other questions you might have about the encapsulation process.