Crawl Space Encapsulation Supplies And Materials
For those of you planning a crawl space encapsulation project, there’s a variety of different crawl space encapsulation supplies we’re going to need to get started. In this article, we’re going to discuss the different materials you’ll need and what they will likely be used for. Of course, each crawl space encapsulation project will different, but ultimately, all of us will be using similar materials, products and tools.
Crawl Space Liners
The first thing we’ll discuss is your crawl space liners, also known as crawl space vapor barriers. There’s a number of different sizes and products you can use for your liners. Most liners comes in a 6 mil, 8 mil, 10 mil, 12 mil and 20 mil size. Pay close attention to the crawl space floors because it will determine what you should use. If you have objects that are sharp on the floor and you can’t get them out, you want a thick vapor barrier. If the floor is hard, filled with rocks also, a 20 mil size is going to be your best bet.
A lot of homeowners will use a 20 mil liner just to be safe, at least on the crawl space floors. The 12 mil size is often used on the foundation walls. A quality 20 mil (floors) and 12 mil (walls) are going to offer the most protection.
There’s only 2 main brands we recommend you buy, this is the SilverBack™ brand and GuardianLiner™ brands respectively.
Felt 550™ Or Felt 5100™
This is an incredible product that serves a few different purposes, but mainly it helps protect your crawl space liners from damage. This is a security blanket and well worth the investment. I know the two crawl space liners we recommend will not tear. However, if you’re the type that wants to take every possible measurement to make your liners last as long as possible, then this is one option you have.
Crawl Space Tape
You’re going to need to get some quality crawl space tape. This is what you’ll use to bond the crawl space liners together. It will give you the proper seal you need to keep your crawl space protected. Don’t be fooled by colors and look-a-like tapes, you need and want crawl space tape specifically.
Foundation Seal Tape
You also want to get a great seal when you connect your vapor barriers to the foundation walls. Due to this, you must have foundation seal tape.
These pins are used to permanently secure the crawl space vapor barrier (liner) to the foundation wall. You want secure liners and seams that are tightly sealed. It will save you time, effort and money in the long run. Don’t go without them.
Radon Gas Test
It’s better safe than sorry. Radon gas can’t be seen, you won’t smell it nor will you taste it. Get the test, it’s only a few dollars.
Soil Gas Migration
You can use a special crawl space fan to evacuate dangerous soil gases like Radon, Methane and other harmful gases emitted from the soil. Some of them will work hand-in-hand with your sump pump.
If you’re having issues controlling water in your crawl space, here’s a few solutions we recommend.
The InstaDry Sump Kit™ offers a 3 year warranty on the pump. 100% of all the parts are made in America, even the hose clamps! It features an exclusive Anti-Float Plate design. Crawl Space Sump Pump and other parts you’ll need.
A premium water alarm will alert you if your sump pump fails in the crawl space and it can save you a lot of money if something should ever happen. It comes with a float switch that is mounted inside the sump basin and will allow additional sensors. On the dashboard there is a control to test the alarm as well as to silence it.
If you have mold in your crawl space, it needs to be treated. The foundation walls in your crawl space are a prime spot for mold spores. Ground Work’s organic mold treatment works great, we’ve used a number of different times. Treat all the appropriate places before getting started.
Crawl Space Light
We’d recommend a crawl space light to get the visibility you need, but any type of light can help. You do need a good solid light to make sure you’re piecing your liners together right.