Crawl Space Encapsulation: The List of Benefits
Crawl space encapsulation is becoming a very popular home improvement method used to control a wide range of crawl space problems. Ignoring the conditions in the crawl space are a thing of the past. This industry has grown dramatically in the last 5 years mostly do to the indoor air quality and energy improvements. The list of benefits, however, go far beyond just saving on the energy bills and cleaner air.
Investment in your home
Water and moisture are equally devastating to your home. Although they seem to be the same thing, they really are not. Water keeps a moisture problem alive as well as delivering a punishing blow to your foundation. Although you can control a water problem without encapsulating your crawl space, it quickly becomes obvious how water and moisture work together to cost you money. Once you get a standing water problem under control you are not done with moisture. When the temperature of the air is warmer than the temperature of the surfaces in your crawl space you have condensation. And condensation means bad, bad things for your home. This is where encapsulating your crawl space really starts to pay off.
Moisture in the air is the thief behind many of the problems associated with a crawl space. All to often, as homeowners we misdiagnose the real problem. If there is an odor, then that is the problem- Right? If you have wood boring insects, then that is the problem also- right? Wrong! The problem is moisture. Odor is only a symptom of the real problem and so are insects. Hard to believe? Those are not the only symptoms that get identified as problems-
- Soft Floors
- Dry Rot
- Hight Cooling Costs
- Rusting Ductwork
- Wet Insulation
- Sweating Window
Just to name a few. Eliminate the problem, moisture, and you can prevent all of these symptoms. Still hard to believe? OK, here is the break down- Let’s start with the fungus among us. Dry Rot is a fungus and so is Mold and Mildew. All three are a living plants and need food, water and carbon dioxide (among other things) to live. The issue with fungus is, the food it eats is our house. Of course we would love to remove its food source, but we can’t do that, because that is the real obstacle here. We can not remove the carbon dioxide, let’s face it, that is just impossible. So that leaves us with moisture. By transforming your crawl space into an encapsulated crawl space you are creating a space you can now control. Control the temperature and the moisture. Lower the moisture, prevent the fungus. This applies to bugs like termites too. Any bug guy will tell you a damp and humid crawl space is just asking for trouble. I think most of us know that anyway. So, is it also asking for trouble if we have a clean dry crawl space? I’m sure we know the answer to that as well!
So how about cooling costs, how is that related to crawl space encapsulation? That’s a good question and here is the answer. You know the water that runs out of you air conditioner when it is running? That is a byproduct of cooling the air before it goes into your home. The cooling coils that cool the air also causes condensation by drawing the moisture out of the air. The warm moisture in the air, when it comes in contact with the cold coils, warms the cooling coils making your air conditioner work harder to keep the coils cold. This problem with the moisture will make your air conditioner run longer. The more moisture, the harder it has to work. The harder your air conditioner has to work the more expensive it is to cool your home. Eliminate the moisture, eliminate this cycle.
This information is easily verifiable, whatever your symptoms are, whether it’s termites, mold or high cooling costs, just ask your local professional how much moisture impacts the “problem” your having.