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CRAWLSPACE ENCAPSULATION

If you live in Baldwin or Mobile county, I offer free consultations for any manner of crawlspace remediation.

I frequently go under homes and inspect the crawlspace for wildlife activity and/or entry points for the animals that may lead into the home. With the consistent rainfall and high humidity these crawlspaces are more often damp and musty smelling with mold and fungus growth throughout. Another common moisture causing element is the actual HVAC (air conditioning) duct work that runs under the home. The ducts become colder than the humid outside air. This high dew point creates condensation that forms around the ducts. This condensation drips and causes shallow pools of water to form under the home which in term feeds the growth of mold, fungus and mildew. Insects and wildlife use this as a convenient source of water. Have you ever come home from a vacation or business trip only to open the front door to a moldy musty smell that seems to go away once the AC is turned back to cool? This is most likely caused from the crawlspace. Up to 40% of the air in the first floor of your home comes from your crawlspace. The condition of your under home crawlspace directly affects the air quality in your home.

To better serve my customers who may have wildlife living under their homes , I offer complete crawlspace encapsulations to prevent a suitable habitat for insects, wildlife and mold and mildew. Some crawlspaces do not benefit from an encapsulation and may simply need a moisture barrier and better air flow.

Here are just a few of the potential benefits of encapsulating your crawlspace:

  • It will reduce the chances of wood damage caused by mold, mildew (fungus)

  • The floor of your home will not be cold in the winter or hot in the summer.

  • Encapsulation can save homeowners 20% on energy costs.

  • Creates less strain on HVAC systems which will make them last must longer.

  • There are many Tax incentives available for home performance and efficiency improvements.

  • An encapsulated crawlspace with a high quality commercial grade dehumidifier system is more appealing to potential home buyers.

 

Some crawlspaces may have a standing water problem. This may be caused from poor drainage near the foundation of the home or water seeping from the ground. These issues must be fixed correctly before the installation of any encapsulation membrane can be installed. I install perimeter drains and sump pumps to eliminate this issue. Once the sump and drain system has been installed then the encapsulation process can begin.