Sealing moisture out of the crawl space is a very crucial step to keeping your home safe from the dangers that moisture can create. From mold growth to rotting floor joists, moisture can be a formidable foe to homeowners. Performing a spray foam installation in the crawl space can help with this problem. However, if done incorrectly, like without a vapor barrier, the damage can still occur whether it is out in plain sight or not.
In this post, we are going to address closed-cell spray foam insulation. It works wonders to seal gaps, which are areas that are highly responsible for moisture intrusion. If spray foam is blanketed over floor joists and other foundational structures without any other protective measures, however, your efforts and materials will be wasted. This can also potentially cover up further damage accumulation.
Whether you are looking back on a previous insulation installation mistake you or the previous homeowner had made, it is important to take care of removing it in order to carry forward. You want to make sure that all of the wood and other important structures are made to be completely exposed during the removal.
The next step would be to assess the damage, if any, and how badly the structures were affected. Be sure to keep track of the materials you would need to purchase to make the repairs. It is best to now create a bleach solution that you can then roll on (to avoid agitating any mold spores into the air) to treat any mold or mildew growth.
Once the insulation and any possible external damaging factors have been removed or repaired, you’re ready for the next step. Contact your local crawl space or foundation expert for a spray foam insulation installation service for keeping your crawl space safe from moisture.
Give Barrier Waterproofing Systems a call at (615) 257-1060 today if you have spray foam insulation nstalled in your crawl space and need a trained eye to assess any damage. We will also install insulation in your crawl space that will last you generations!
This post was originally published on 4/23/2020 and updated on 1/19/2021 for accuracy and a larger scope of information.