Crawl Space Encapsulation
July 17th, 2015
Crawl space sealing is also known as encapsulating your crawl space. Whichever term you prefer, the answer is yes. You want to protect your home against moisture, toxic black mold, and soil gases including radon. Because the air in your crawl space ends up in your home a sealed crawl space provides immediate health benefits by providing a dry, clean area.
Crawl space sealing is necessary to create a healthy home.
A healthy home needs a healthy crawl space. You can’t have one without the other. The area is subterranean, below ground where the bugs and insects live. Because the area is underground it has a different environment than the rest of the house. Therefore, crawl space sealing is a necessity.
A healthy crawl space should be a standard, not a luxury. The quality of the environment in the crawl space is of major concern because the crawl space environment affects the health of all the residents of the home. As a homeowner it is important to understand the health risks associated with the crawl space.
As warm air rises, cool air from the crawl space is sucked into the living areas of your home. Called the “stack effect”, it’s the same way a chimney works. This, combined with other factors, provides a significant amount of the air you breathe actually came from your crawl space.
Top Three Reasons to Seal the area.
1. Lower energy costs. The aluminized liner reflects heat in your crawl space just like wrapping a baked potato in aluminum foil keeps it warm longer by holding in the heat.
2. Creates a healthy home. By sealing out harmful gases, radon and moisture the crawl space is made healthier. One side of the liner is aluminized to diffuse soil gases back into the soil.
3. Provide a safe, clean area for storage. 90mil is a heavy duty vinyl that gives the liner strength. Each layer is separated by a polyethylene foam to aid with insulation. When all the components are laminated together, it forms the thickest zero perm crawlspace and basement liner available today