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The crawl space beneath your home plays an important role in helping to circulate airflow and allow easy access to electrical, pipes, and substructures. It also may serve as your home’s foundation–at least partially. But despite the significance of a crawl space, the small, cramped area–sometimes less than a couple feet tall and built on bare earth–is not often treated with the same care and attention as the rest of your home. Understanding the signs that your home may need crawl space encapsulation.
Given that crawl spaces are dark and damp, these areas are prone to moisture. Water can creep in through:
The more moisture that builds up, the more your home is at risk for mold problems should the water problem go undetected or neglected. The space may then act as a welcome ground to insects, pests, and rodents, while long-standing moisture could also create severe structural problems to your entire home.
If you’re concerned about excess water in your crawl space, inspect the area for moisture or call Lamunyon to evaluate and tend to your needs. If water is wreaking havoc below your home, an efficient way to mitigate future problems for long-term is to install a crawl space vapor barrier, also known as crawl space encapsulation. The idea is that once the area is dry (using dehumidifiers and other water-elimination methods), the floors and walls of the crawl space are covered with polyurethane sheeting until the space is wrapped with an air-tight barrier.
In addition to reducing the hazards to your home by way of eliminating unhealthy molds and costly structural damage, encapsulating your basement can also be a benefit to your household bottom line. Efficiency issues are a problem when moisture is trapped in your crawl space, making it harder to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Installing a vapor barrier can help your HVAC system work better and in turn potentially lower your home energy bills. While simple logistics mean you’ll likely never be able to use this area as a living space in the same way you could a basement, knowing that your encapsulated crawl space can stay free of moisture and pest problems means you may have gained some unclaimed space to use as needed extra storage, too. Talk to an experienced professional today to battle your crawl space moisture problems and protect your home and family from unnecessary cost and harm.
If you have battled moisture problems in your crawl space or recently discovered standing water and mold growth in your crawl space, call Lamunyon Dry Out & Foundation Repair today. Our experienced team can help you put an end to your moisture problems for good, ensuring that your crawl space or basement is dry and free of mold growth and other issues. Serving the Manhattan, Clay Center, Salina, Junction City, McPherson, Great Bend, Topeka, and surrounding Kansas areas, to handle your crawl space encapsulation services.