Most homes, without a basement, have a crawl space. Crawl spaces are cost effective in the building process, and they provide a convenient place to install HVAC units and piping. However, a crawl space can also be problematic if it is not properly maintained. When neglected, a crawl space can become a breeding ground for unwanted mold and bacteria, and can even cause structural damage. This is why crawl space encapsulation is so important!
What is crawl space encapsulation?
Encapsulating, or sealing, a crawl space is a preventative treatment for your home. The process varies from home to home. However, the end goal is always the same; build a barrier between outside elements (ie. moisture, mold, pests, etc.) and the home.
What are the benefits of crawl space encapsulation?
Avoiding structural damage – When a crawl space is neglected, it can lead to structural damage. Moisture in the crawl space will, over time, rot wood frames and the flooring structure in the home. The encapsulation will put a barrier between the structure and that moisture.
Protecting the home from mold – Along with moisture causing structural damage, it can also lead to mold (which quickens the process of structural damage). A moist, still air environment is a prime breeding ground for mold. The barrier will keep mold from growing.
Improved air quality – Mold, mildew, and bacteria affect the air within the crawl space. The air in the crawl space rises, and then seeps into the home, carrying those potentially harmful substances with it. The encapsulation barrier not only keeps those things from growing, but keeps clean air circulating from the crawl space into the home.
Reduces energy costs – Encapsulating traps the warm air while running the heat, and the cool air while running the air conditioner, that is often lost through a neglected crawl space. The barrier helps maintain the temperature in the home. A more consistent temperature in the home helps keep the units from working overtime to regulate temperature.
Keeping pests out – The barrier between the outside elements and the crawl space will help keep pests out of the home. It also provides an extra layer of protection from termites.
Storage – When a crawl space is neglected, there is a floor of dirt. An encapsulated crawl space has the barrier, which can allow it to be used as storage for items that don’t require temperature control.
Why PuroClean of Murfreesboro for crawl space encapsulation?
PuroClean of Murfreesboro takes a phased approached, when encapsulating a crawl space. There are many steps to encapsulating a crawl space, but PuroClean of Murfreesboro only takes the necessary steps, saving home owners from spending money on unnecessary processes.