What Are the Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation?

What Are the Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation?

It is estimated that nearly 75 percent of homes across North Carolina have crawl spaces. Fifteen percent have basements, leaving about 10 percent of homes on a slab. Needless to say, crawl spaces are popular across the Tar Heel State, and for a good reason. 

Crawl spaces are cost-efficient due to the more shallow digging required for them. Because of our clay soil and shallow frost line, the necessity for a basement is unnecessary in most of the state.

What Is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

While crawl spaces serve a purpose, they can often lead to headaches for homeowners. Pests love the cool dark environment, and water always seems to find its way into corners of crawl spaces. Ultimately, these issues caused by a wide open crawl space can lead to dangerous mold or infestations. If you are a homeowner with a crawl space under your home, it may be time to have it encapsulated.

Crawl space encapsulation is a process that involves sealing off the crawl space beneath a home using a vapor barrier material. The purpose of this process is to prevent moisture, pests, and other outdoor elements from entering the home through the crawl space. 

So how does crawl space encapsulation work? 

  1. Contractors will clean out and level your crawl space so that it is even and flat. 
  2. They will add ventilation, foam insulation, and a new access door. 
  3. Finally, they will line your crawl space with vapor barrier material over the floor and seal it to the walls. This creates a barrier that prevents moisture, pests, and other outdoor elements from entering the home through the crawl space. 
  4. In some cases, a dehumidifier may be installed to help reduce moisture levels in the crawl space.

Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation

While it may seem like a minor detail, crawl space encapsulation can have numerous benefits for homeowners. Here are just a few of the many benefits of crawl space encapsulation:

1. Improved Indoor Air Quality

Much of the air that you breathe is affected by your crawl space. With all of the dust and potential for mold growth, crawl space encapsulation can help eliminate the spread of allergens, mold, and other toxins that may be under your home.

2. Increased Energy Efficiency

Adding insulation and sealing off your crawl space from the outdoors will massively help improve energy efficiency by reducing the amount of outside air that enters the home through the crawl space. This extra layer of insulation will improve temperature control and help reduce heating and cooling costs. 

Also, your HVAC will thank you as it will not be nearly as burdened by dust and having to take on more outside air.

3. Reduced Risk of Water Damage

Moisture is often one of the biggest problems to the foundation of your home. By preventing moisture from entering the crawl space, crawl space encapsulation can help reduce the risk of water seeping into the home's foundation and structure, which can cause water damage and encourage mold.

4. Pest Control

Crawl spaces are almost always how pests find their way into your home. Pests such as roaches, mice, and rats love to build nests and breed in the darkest corners of your home. Used in conjunction with a solid pest control plan, crawl space encapsulation can prevent pests from entering your home or nesting in your crawl space. 

5. Increased Home Value

Like many other renovation projects, encapsulation is a huge value add if you are planning to put your home up for sale any time soon. Buyers are looking for many of the benefits that exist in homes that have had their crawl space encapsulated. 

6. Reduced Risk of Fire

Because of the accumulation of debris and other combustible materials, crawl spaces are prone to the risk of fire. When you seal your crawl space, you can be sure that nothing will get in unless you put it there. By preventing additional debris from getting under your home, you can help reduce the risk of fire.

7. Rebates

Many utility companies will offer rebates if you encapsulate your crawl space. Not only will your home be more energy efficient, saving you money on your heating and cooling bills, but you will also get a portion back. 

In some cases, there are also tax incentives from the federal government for encapsulation. You will just need to check with your local government.

Invest in the Future of Your Home with Crawl Space Encapsulation

With all of these benefits, crawl space encapsulation is a no-brainer. Not only is it an effective way to protect your investment from things such as mold and pests, but it also improves your resale value and makes your home more comfortable to live in. If you are interested in learning more about crawl space encapsulation or scheduling a consultation, contact the professionals at Rid-A-Bug today!