Let’s first discuss: what is crawl space encapsulation? This term describes a crawlspace that is protected by moisture. Encapsulating crawlspaces help lower moisture levels to help prevent mold, structural deterioration and condensation.
Moisture enters your crawl space one of four ways. Groundwater infiltration, water vapor from the exposed dirt floor, water seepage through porous brick or foundation cracks or hot, humid air entering the crawlspace through crawlspace vents or loose doors.
But encapsulated crawl spaces should also be built in a way that minimizes outdoor entry as well. Wall vents and wall openings to ventilated porch foundations allow the entry of humid air into the crawl space, which raises the relative humidity and provides a breeding ground for mold.
Breathe In, Breathe Out
The air quality in your crawl space is also cycled throughout your home. This air movement is called the stack effect. If you have mold in your crawl space, you’re breathing it in.
Some professional engineers even feel that as much as 50% of the air you breathe in while you’re in your house comes from your crawl space. So, how does crawl space encapsulation affect your air quality? It can help prevent mold growth, prevent further wood rot and ensure the air circulating from your crawl space and into the rest of your home. As a bonus, crawlspace encapsulation also saves you money on your energy bills.
If you have questions about the crawl space encapsulation process or want to learn more, please visit our website or call us at (630)- 561-5200.