How an Encapsulated Crawlspace Saves You Money

Many homes in America come with a crawlspace under them, whether the owner wants them or not. Unfortunately, standard insulation does little to prevent moisture penetration, and the installed vents rarely remove enough water vapor to be effective. Therefore, many crawlspaces are inadequately proofed against moisture.
The Problem

Bare soil allows moisture to percolate through it and evaporate into the crawlspace. Poured concrete will do likewise if it is permeable. This results in the crawlspace becoming a humid environment. In some instances, the humidity may condense back into a liquid. If this moisture gets into wooden structures, such as the beams supporting your home, it can result in mildew and mold. This mold may give off spores, which can be harmful to you and your family’s health.

Crawlspaces can also harm your finances by increasing energy usage. They can make your home colder in the winter, and hotter in the summer. This will tax your home’s heating and AC systems as they attempt to warm or cool your home, resulting in higher energy bills.

The Solution

There is a one-time solution to all these problems; crawlspace encapsulation. This involves lining the floor, walls, and piers with a vapor barrier. This barrier will trap moisture in the surrounding soil, preventing it from entering the crawlspace. The ineffective vents will be sealed over to prevent damp outside air from flowing in.

The Health Benefits 

Encapsulating your crawlspace will bring a number of benefits to your health and the environment.
? Better air quality within the crawlspace, which results in better air quality in your living space.
? Reduced humidity in the living space, which results in greater comfort throughout your home.
? Prevents the musty smells that may emanate from a humid crawlspace.
The Economic Benefits
What’s more, it will save you money in the following ways:
? It will help keep your home cool in the summer, and warm in the winter, reducing the need for air conditioning and heating, thus lowering energy bills.
? It is a relatively simple installation that only needs to be done once. This saves on the time and manpower costs which come with repeat treatments.
? It will prevent rot and mold spores, potentially reducing medical and repair bills.
? Helps to prevent insect and vermin infestation, thus potentially saving money on exterminators.
? Helps to preserve the floor, HVAC equipment, and other elements of the crawlspace you may have installed, thus lessening costly repair and replacement bills.

The task of encapsulating your crawlspace is relatively straightforward, so you could conceivably do it yourself, however, many companies offer this service. This is a wise investment, as crawlspace professionals will be able to assess what needs to be done, and ensure it is done correctly, preventing the need for costly remedial works.

Energy bills have been rising steadily over the last decade and may continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Therefore, encapsulating your crawlspace now could be a very wise investment which will save you money in the long run.