Crawl Space Encapsulation Cost: Worth The Investment?
What’s the biggest concern for homeowners when it comes to encapsulating their crawl space? Cost. Rightfully so, agree? After all. crawl space encapsulation cost money. You have crawl space encapsulation products, materials and others. As for the labor, if you’re a crawl space DIYer, you’re going to save a lot of money by just doing it yourself.
If you’re not a crawl space DIY guru, you may be asking yourself if you can do it. Absolutely, there’s enough resources online to get you through. You can learn at your own pace. If you do your own encapsulation, you’ll save a lot of money. However, you have to be careful that you learn the proper way to encapsulate.
In the video above, the host gives you a good general idea what you need to do when putting up crawl space vapor barrier, which is an important process during the encapsulation.
Crawl Space Encapsulation Cost
Why do we encapsulate the crawl space? Because we have crawl space problems, right? In most cases, it’s moisture issues.
The bad news, every possible issue you have in your crawl space is going to get worse. If you do nothing, it’s not going to get better. That’s why I don’t call it a cost, I call it an investment because you’re investing in your crawl space and home.
A small crawl space issue (now) can end up costing you tens of thousands (later). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it. I hear homeowners say the same thing, “man, I wish I would have fixed that sooner.” It’s just a fact, your issues will get worse before they get better.
Find A Solution Now Not Later
Moisture is the leading cause of crawl space damage. Crawl space encapsulation allows you to stop moisture from getting into the crawl space by sealing the crawl space from the outside environment. By doing so, moisture stays outside and you can control the air in your crawl space.
Once you’re able to control the air, you can use a crawl space dehumidifier to drop the relative humidity.
The video above shows you how to properly tape your crawl space liners.
Invest Now And Save Later
Some crawl space issues like mold and mildew need to be addressed immediately, others can take years to develop. If you don’t know by now, mold can kill.
Only you can make the call, all I can do is warn you of the dangers.
If you have a major problem, such as wood rot, I wouldn’t hesitate to get it fixed.
Scientific research shows you can save money on your energy bill with a sealed crawl space. Every month, you’ll see a return on your investment. Keep in mind, that’s with a properly insulated home.
Once completed, you’ll get your investment back in due time.
The cost will depend on the size of your crawl space and what needs fixed. Once fixed and sealed properly, you shouldn’t have any more moisture issues associated to your crawl space and home.