Crawl Space Encapsulation: 5 Facts You Need to Know

Does your home have a crawlspace? If so, you can enjoy the many benefits of this space underneath your house, including room for extra storage and easy access to your home’s plumbing system. 

However, many people never venture into their crawlspace or use it—and for a good reason. If you’ve never taken a look underneath your home, you might discover a space full of pests, rodent nests, dirt, and mold. Without the right type of care, those elements can seep through your home’s flooring and cause problems with your house. 

Crawl space encapsulation is the answer to protecting your home from what lies beneath in that space. Keep reading to learn all about this process!

What is Encapsulation?

The crawl space is part of your home and requires care to prevent damage to the structure of your house. With the right care, crawl space maintenance helps keep pests away and prevents mold and musty smells from permeating your home. 

The encapsulation process separates the area underneath your home from the living space above. It provides a barrier underneath your subflooring to protect your livable spaces and prolong the life of your foundational structures. You’ll also notice lower energy bills with a quality crawl space encapsulation.

With the right encapsulation method, your crawl space becomes an asset to your home! Enjoy space you can use without the fear of what you might find underneath your home when venturing there to inspect pipes or store items. 

How Does It Work? 

A professional team starts by assessing your crawl space and cleaning it thoroughly. This process removes hazardous mold and provides crawl space mold prevention. We also remove cobwebs and traces of rodent activity.

We look for damp subflooring or structures, then remove any standing water and debris to allow the area to dry. If we find any structural or water damage, we repair that before moving forward with the encapsulation process. 

As we encapsulate the crawl space, we seal potential entry points for rodents, pests, and moisture. We fill cracks or holes that lead in and out of the space to the outdoors, as well as anything leading to your home’s interior. 

After everything is dry and sealed, we add a thermal barrier and insulation to the walls. This prevents outside air from entering into your living spaces to help keep your inside air more comfortable. 

Crawl Space Encapsulation Makes a Healthier Home

With a clean and protected crawl space, your home becomes a healthier place to live. Crawl space encapsulation keeps harmful mold spores and rodent activity from invading the air inside your home. A protected space also keeps moisture away to prolong the life of your foundation and subflooring.

With an encapsulated space, there’s also no need to fear using your crawl space for storage!

Have you been in your crawl space lately? If not, let our team take a look and create a healthier space for you. Contact us to learn more about our cleaning services!