Why Your Home Needs a Crawlspace Vapor Barrier or Crawlspace Encapsulation
Did you know that 33-56 percent of the air that you breathe inside your home originates in your crawlspace? Most people are surprised by that statistic, but it is very true. Although Encapsulating your crawlspace is the best option to take in order to make your home healthier and more energy efficient, installing a vapor barrier can also help astronomically improve air quality.
There have been numerous studies on homes with open vent/dirt crawlspaces across the southern United States. The studies performed have shown six highly common issues in these homes with open vent/dirt crawlspaces. The main issues listed below can be harmful to your homes structure, your finances and possibly your health.
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Crawlspace Vapor Barrier
An adequate vapor barrier is essential to a healthy crawlspace. If your home lacks a proper vapor barrier in the crawlspace it is almost guaranteed that you have a moisture problem, which means it is also likely there is fungal growth. NC Building Code now requires 100% coverage of the crawlspace floor with a minimum of a 6 mil plastic. If you don’t a plastic barrier installed, or if it is too thin, then it is time to upgrade. WP Restoration highly suggests upgrading to at least a 10 mil plastic so it lasts longer. Whether you just need a basic vapor barrier installed or an upgraded one that extends up the walls and piers we are here to work for you.
WP Restoration highly recommends our top tier encapsulation system which will offer homeowners a superior shield against moisture, mold, water rot, and pests. WP Restoration will come to your home and inspect your current crawlspace conditions at no cost to you. The inspection includes but is not limited to: moisture readings of the wood, relative humidity readings, assessment of areas causing energy loss, plumbing issues, HVAC issues, microbial growth, pest and rodent concerns, water drainage issues, and more.
Once we complete a thorough assessment of your crawlspace, including photos, we then sit down with you to go over options and explain our process in its entirety so you understand our product and quality focus. The system we use includes a minimum of a 15 mil vapor barrier to ensure the best longest lasting coverage. If deemed necessary by the inspection, we will also install a dehumidifier to maintain ideal air conditions, as well as a sump pump.
To prevent mold in your home, contact the experts at WP Restoration to get a quote on a crawlspace encapsulation today!
It would be crazy to think of building a home without a roof, yet thousands of homes exist without properly designed crawlspaces that keep ground moisture from destroying their home from the bottom up. Sometimes people are hesitant to properly repair issues in their crawlspace because they don’t understand the benefits. Proper crawl space encapsulation has many benefits, including but not limited to the following:
- Proven to lower moisture readings below mold supporting levels, eliminating fungal growth, allergens, and mycotoxins.
- Drastically lowers allergens and irritants present in the homes living areas Helps preserve your home’s foundation from rot.
- Reduces HVAC energy usage on annual bases, saving homeowners an estimated 15% to 20% in energy bills.
- Deters pests from living in your crawlspace.
- Makes it a usable, conditioned room for storage if space allows.
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