What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?
If you’ve ever had problems with a damp, musty crawl space in your Fayetteville, GA, home, encapsulation services could be right for you. Polyethylene vapor barriers, rigid insulation boards, and high-capacity dehumidifiers work together to prevent moisture issues while improving your air quality and increasing your home’s efficiency.
Encapsulation Solves Common Crawl Space Problems
If you’ve lived in the area for any period of time, you know that the north-central Georgia climate is mild. The humidity levels are high and residents experience nearly 50 inches of annual rainfall.
Add a conventional vented crawl space with a dirt or concrete floor to that equation, and moisture levels can build up. The result is secondary issues with biological growth and pests. It can also cause sweaty air ducts and indoor air quality problems. Crawl space encapsulation can address all these issues.
How Encapsulation Works
The first step any experienced company completes is assessing the foundation. A technician will determine if any remedial work is needed to repair cracks or address water intrusion. If needed, our team can install French drains and a sump pump.
Once the area is clean and prepped, we’ll install a super heavy-duty 16m polyethylene vapor barrier that blocks incoming air and spores. The material is applied to the floor, walls, and foundation piers.
The edges are completely sealed with heavy-duty, moisture-resistant tape and durable fasteners. A rigid foam insulation board and expanding foam will seal any other areas. Again, do not attempt to complete this task on your own. The best course of action is to reach out to a seasoned crawl space encapsulation company.
The final step is to install a high-capacity dehumidifier that will remove any excess moisture and provide valuable airflow. Another option is adding additional insulation around the floor joists.
According to the Department of Energy, beefing up your home’s insulation can lower your heating and cooling bills by 20% and overall energy use by 10%. This upgrade may also qualify for utility rebates in certain areas.
Is Crawl Space Encapsulation Right for You?
Crawl space encapsulation comes with many benefits. It can make your home more energy efficient, address water intrusion issues, high humidity, and indoor air quality problems. If you’re interested in learning more, call Trinity Air Inc. today.
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