When was the last time that you entered your crawl space?
Is it just a wasted area of space, that is dank, dark and smells funny?
Not only is your crawl space a waste of space, it can also contribute to the dampness of your home, and increase your heating or cooling bill – as it allows air to escape from your home. The normal full or partial crawlspaces will either be a dirt floor, or at most, gravel over a thin plastic vapour barrier. These options are not very useful when looking for somewhere to store any of your belongings.
Ontario Wet Basement, using either a concrete floor system or our crawl space encapsulation system, can turn that unused area into the perfect place to store holiday decorations, leftover boxes and much more. We serve Toronto, Barrie, Collingwood, Newmarket, Wasaga Beach, Midland, Huntsville and all Ontario areas from London and to Sudbury and North Bay.
To install a concrete floor in your crawl space, we will first install a polyethylene vapour barrier that is three to six millimetres in thickness. We will then pump concrete into the area, to about two to three inches thick. A rough float finish is all that’s required, as your crawl space will be only for storage and not for show – this saves a great deal of money rather than having a fancy finish. The resulting rigid, durable floor is perfect for any homeowner who expects to go in and out of their crawl space often.
Crawl space encapsulation system
At one point in time concrete floors were the only solution to making a usable space out of your crawl space. Now, there is a crawlspace encapsulation system, this solution is usually less expensive than a concrete floor, and when completed, provides you with an bright, clean place for storage.
The first step is to cover and seal the floor and wall with a heavy duty polyethylene. This plastic is between 12 millimetres and 20 millimetres in thickness, which is three to six times thicker than the typical vapour barrier. This plastic is installed right on top of the dirt or gravel floor surface. We will also install a pressure relief system, to ensure that the area stays dry.
The crawl space encapsulation system will reduce the moisture in your home, improve the air quality, as well as remove any air leaks, thus improving the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. It also has the added benefit of providing a protective barrier against insects.