Should I Encapsulate My Crawl Space?
So you’re thinking about encapsulating your crawl space.
That means one of a few things.
- You’re having moisture issues in your crawl space.
- You have standing water in your crawl space.
- You have a smelly, musky, wet crawl space.
- You’re noticing wet insulation, wet floor joist.
Well, you’re already knew that. The question now is how you can get your crawl space encapsulated?
If you have a wet crawl space, it’s time to get your crawl space sealed.
Now, how can you get started?
Encapsulating your crawl space is not difficult, but there’s some things you need to know.
Assuming you’ve already evaluated your crawl space, the next order of business is going to be measuring your crawl space.
- the length of ALL your foundation walls
- the height of ALL your foundation walls
- the location of the lowest point in your crawl space
- the location of your access to the crawl space
- size of your access
- do you have any water problems? have you ever seen ANY amount of water standing in the crawl space? are there stains on the foundation walls?
- does your home have air conditioning?
- does your crawl space currently have foundation vents to the outdoors?
Crawl Space Encapsulation Tools
Now that you have all your measurements, we’ll need to make sure we have the right tools.
- Screw Drivers
- Reciprocating Saw
- Replacement Blades
- Wire Staples
- Organic Mold Killer
Crawl Space Foundation Walls
Cutting and measuring your crawl space vapor barriers will likely be your biggest challenge.
Your measurements are going to depend on the size of your crawl space and the actual products you buy.
The most respected company to purchase crawl space vapor barriers from online would be CrawlSpaceRepair.com.
To learn more about your measurements, I’d recommend reading this guide on installing crawl space vapor barriers. It will show you one of the easiest ways to cut your crawl space liners.
Sealing The Crawl Space
You’ll need to make sure you seal the crawl space tightly to keep all the outside moisture out.
Make sure you check crawl space doors, windows and foundation vents.
The goal is to keep the outside moisture out.
For more educational content and videos, visit the Crawl Space Repair YouTube channel.