What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Crawl space encapsulation is the process of completely sealing your crawl space from moisture, water vapors, mold, and bacteria. This process also helps reduce energy cost.
Carolina Air Care/ Advanced Environmental Services has partnered with YourCrawlSpace.com to provide our customers with this patented and proprietary permanent crawlspace barrier. The Your Crawl Space vapor barrier was designed to help improve safety, health and efficiency and preserve the long term structure of your home.
Your Crawl Space technology allows the technicians to install your vapor barrier without drilling holes into the walls or piers of your foundation, Drilling holes or using nail guns can break the block or brick foundation.
Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation
Crawl space encapsulation reduces energy costs in the home by making the HVAC system more efficient than using insulation. Insulation and open crawl space vents can take up to 20 years of energy reduction to pay off.
Our Crawl Curtain keeps moisture in the crawlspace low and reduces mold allergens and lower humidity level also reduces dust mites down. Over the year we have seen Insulation absorbs and trap moisture mold and bacteria like a sponge. Since up to half of the air on the first floor of your home comes from the crawl space, toxins trapped in your insulation can cause poor indoor air quality.
The earth will breathe up to 10 gallons of water for every 1,000 sqft each day into the crawlspace area that you home is built over. If your are not controlling the moisture and humidity keeping the humidity to less than 60% then the high humidity causes mold and mildew in the crawlspace and then into the air of your home.
How does the encapsulation process work?
The first thing we do is clean and sanitize all the wood in your crawl space. This is important because without proper cleansing and sanitation, toxic mold and mildew can continue to seep into the wood causing structural damage down the road.
Next, the wall curtain is attached to both the walls and support piers. Unlike traditional vapor barriers, we use an adhesive to attach the wall curtain. Other vapor barriers are attached using a ramset and nails. This method takes chunks of concrete out, weakening the foundation immediately and if done improperly can further corrode and crumble the foundation in the years to come.
The vapor barrier is added next. Our moisture barrier is both tear and puncture resistant, waterproof, fire resistant, and flexible enough to walk, crawl or work on. Additionally, the vapor barrier is antimicrobial which reduces the likelihood of the crawl space developing any mold or mildew growth. The wall curtain and the vapor barrier both overlap each other by at least six inches. They are sealed together using industrial seam specific tape.
The final step is adding a dehumidifier to the crawl space. Reducing the humidity in the crawl space inhibits moisture from penetrating the barrier. We recommend annual inspections on both the barrier and the dehumidifier.