How to Encapsulate a Crawl Space

December 12, 2019


While these types of crawl space conditions aren’t uncommon- in fact that are often the norm- they don’t have to be. Crawl space encapsulation can rectify many of these issues, and turn your crawl space from a sticky humid hot bed for insects and turn it into what it’s supposed to be: an easily accessible space to make plumbing and electrical repairs and a spot in the home that can improve proper air circulation. 

How a Crawl Space is Encapsulated 

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Crawl space encapsulation isn’t the sort of job that you can do yourself unless you have an exceptional amount of experience doing it and a wealth of resources; in other words, you’ll probably need to contact a professional company that offers the services. The process can be broken down into 4 steps: 

  1. Thorough inspection and assessment that will help the service provider develop a plan of action.
  2. Floor and foundation lining with a reinforced polyethylene liner that seals possibly moisture entry points and weak spots, and prevents any moisture from seeping in. 
  3. Sealing all openings in the sidewalls, including vents and doors leading to the exterior in order to stop the infiltration of outside air.
  4. Humidifier installation, to remove excess humidity that causes moisture and mold issues.  Special crawl space-specific dehumidifiers also discourage specific insects like termites and other wood-destroying insects, along with other pests. 

Identifying Crawl Space Problems 

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We summarized some of the issues that can arise if your crawl space hasn’t had proper maintenance, but identifying those problems means having a little bit of knowledge on the warning signs that you have a problem in the first place. When it comes to insects, one telltale indicator is an unusual presence of any type of insect, like ants, cockroaches, or even crickets. This also goes for mice and rats; if you’re seeing an uptick in mouse or rat activity in your home, there’s a chance a dirty or moist crawl space could be to blame. 

Aside from insects and rodents, air quality issues or unusual/uncomfortable amounts of humidity in your home can also be a signal that your crawl space is an issue. Trouble breathing is an alarming sign that can be caused by mold build-up that frequently occurs in crawl spaces because of mold inducing conditions like high levels of moisture and humidity and a relatively small, confined space. Inhaling mold can become a serious health concern, so if you’ve noticed or others who live in your home have noted difficulty breathing while in the house it’s important that you look into the possibility of mold presence as soon as possible. 

A less concerning (at least on its face) sign of crawl space issues is an excessive amount of humidity in your home. One of the primary reasons crawl spaces are included in home construction in the first place is to improve overall air circulation, and in particularly humid climates like the ones we experience in North Carolina, this should help cut down on humidity levels in your home. If conditions in your home are excessively humid, you might have a compromise in your crawl space. 

 

Getting Crawl Space Encapsulation Services

 

A-1 Pest Control doesn’t just offer treatments for pest elimination; we also have services for all things pest-related, from pest prevention to infestation mitigation. As a part of that, we offer our own crawl space encapsulation services created with the most effective and modern tools and methods available. 

To ensure our services stay effective, we use only premium grade moisture blocking products and materials designed and tested to last long-term; as a part of this we also use commercial grade Santa Fe dehumidifiers which will keep your crawl space moisture-free. That means a large reduction in the chances that your crawl space will attract pests or begin growing dangerous levels of mold. 

 

 

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