What is the ONE PLACE in your home that you tend to avoid? Most would say the crawlspace simply because of the confined area, bugs, snakes, and fear of the unknown.
Up to 50% of the air you and your family are breathing in comes from your crawl. If the space under your home is untreated – if it lacks the necessary vapor barrier and is not properly sealed off from Mother Nature – it becomes a breeding ground for moisture related microbial growth.
What is crawl space encapsulation?
When it comes to your crawl space, encapsulation involves using a CLASS 1A Vapor Retarder, consisting of either polyethylene, apopholyne, or Visqueen barriers on the ground surface and the stem wall. Your foundation vents are completely sealed, and the crawlspace is transformed into a clean, dry capsule. The vapor barrier keeps ground moisture from seeping into the crawl space. An encapsulated crawlspace reduces humid air traveling into your living spaces; furtheore, removing the humidity removes the onset of microbrial growth.
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Wet basements in Virginia are common. As you know, each year our climate gets more and more extreme – freezing and thawing cycles cause cracks in foundation walls and also in household floors. If you have been experiencing water intrusion in your basement, or noticing new cracks in your basement walls, call us for free estimate. PBS specializes in drainage, corrective measures, water intrusion, and especially providing a permanent fix to your damp, uncomfortable basement. Our basement waterproofing services allow you to use that space for what it was intended for. By providing the proper crack repair, sump pump installation, carbon fiber installation, and dehumidifiers, this major part of your home can easily be utilized immediately. Call us for a free estimate, and please call other companies that specialize in the same basement waterproofing services. Our workmanship, lifetime warranty speaks for itself, as does our transparent estimates.
Why Your Crawlspace Matters
Maintaining the integrity of your crawlspace is critical for several reasons. First, a well-maintained crawlspace helps preserve the overall health of your home. Moisture in the crawlspace can lead to mold growth, which not only poses a health risk to the inhabitants, but can also cause structural damage over time. Mold and dampness can rot wooden structures, compromising the stability of your home.
Structural integrity is equally important. Your crawlspace, often overlooked, is like the foundation of your home. If it’s weak or compromised, it can impact the entire building leading to uneven floors, cracked walls, and in severe cases, it could even lead to the collapse of the home. Regular inspections by a professional company like PBS Crawlspace can identify any potential issues early before they become major problems. Thus, taking care of your crawlspace, be it moisture control or maintaining structural integrity, is a crucial aspect of home maintenance that ensures the longevity of your property and the safety of those living in it.