4 Tips for Encapsulating Your Crawl Space

If your home’s crawlspace is not encapsulated, you may want to make this the focal point of your next home improvement project. A crawlspace is enclosed, but it is not weatherproof. Because of this, this area may be a source of energy loss, moisture issues and other weather-related issues. This could lead to mold growth, flooding and other situations that you understandably need to avoid. After deciding that you want to encapsulate your crawlspace, use these tips to walk through the project with easy.

Understand the Difference Between Sealing and Full Encapsulation 
Sealing a crawlspace offers some benefits, but they are not as comprehensive as those from a full encapsulation. Sealing generally means that the crawlspace floor is covered with a weatherproof barrier and that this barrier extends a few inches above the ground on the sides. Full encapsulation, on the other hand, covers the entire interior surface of the space for maximum benefits.

Set a Budget 
The cost to complete this project can vary by numerous factors. For example, partially sealing the space through a do-it-yourself project may cost a fraction of what professional encapsulation service would cost. The materials used can affect your budget as well as the results. You understandably need to maximize the benefits from this project, so avoid skimping in order to save money.

Consider the Need for Professional Encapsulation Services
Standing upright in your crawlspace is not possible. This is a dark, cramped space that is difficult to work in. It may be riddled with insects and is otherwise unpleasant to be in. In addition, improper encapsulation techniques may detract from the benefits that this project should provide. While professional services cost more than a do-it-yourself project, you may avoid unnecessary hassle and ensure that this important task is completed correctly when a professional does the work for you.

Follow Smart Prep Steps 
Before you or a professional completes a crawlspace encapsulation project, consider spraying the area for pests. In addition, the area should be completely dried out, such as through water remediation services in some cases. If electrical equipment or heating equipment is located in the area, special techniques should be used to avoid a dangerous backdraft or fire hazard situation. When you use professional encapsulation services, your provider will address these factors for you.

Crawlspace encapsulation can protect your home from unnecessary damage, reduce energy costs and provide other meaningful benefits. Take time to inspect your crawlspace today and to explore the cost of encapsulation as an initial step.

Evan Shaner