It is important to make sure that the moisture in your crawl space is managed. Moisture buildup below your home can create a hazard for not only the health of you and your family, but that of the home itself.
A “closed” crawl space is the best option as it gives the greatest chance of preventing moisture related problems. Sealing off your crawl space means that all penetrations from the exterior of the home are completely sealed off (such as those from foundation vents, HVAC units, and doors). Then, a plastic vapor-blocking material is laid on the walls and floor of the crawl space. A mechanical ventilation system is installed for the maintenance of these conditions. This process is otherwise known as crawl space encapsulation.
A “contractor grade” vapor barrier is usually placed down by the contractor of the home when it was first built. However, this material is far too thin to prevent moisture from building up. Water cannot accumulate like it otherwise would with a professional installation and quality barrier.
The vapor barrier is designed to help repel moisture from getting into your crawl space through the dirt floor and concrete walls. Moisture that gets into your crawl space creates problems like mold growth, wood subfloor deterioration, and insect infiltration. It can harm the structural integrity of your home and create problems like cupping, buckling, and warping of your hardwood floors. Installing a plastic crawl space encapsulation barrier means that both your crawl space and home environment benefit from the protection. Your quality of life in the home will also go up. Warm floors and a more efficient heating and cooling system are great improvements.
Installing a crawl space encapsulation barrier in your crawl space will keep your home and family protected from dangerous mold and mildew growth. Simply give Barrier Waterproofing Systems a call at (615) 257-1060 | (931) 536-1168.