The crawl space under the home is a place many homeowners tend to avoid thinking about. They know it's there, but if they don't need to use it, they tend to put it out of their mind. This isn't a good idea, as this area of the home can develop problems with moisture that need to be addressed for the well-being of the house, such as insect infestations, mold, mildew and rot. One potential way to limit these and other problems is crawl space encapsulation.
Improve Air Quality
Encapsulating the crawl space with limit issues with mold, mildew and allergens getting into the home due to a vented crawl space. Encapsulation helps control moisture, so it helps with mold remediation, for example. This improves the overall air quality of the home and makes it less likely for the people living in the house to experience airborne allergy symptoms.
Limit Risk for Structural Damage
When the crawl space is closed off from the outside air and encapsulated, there's less risk of an insect infestation, dry rot or water damage causing floors to buckle or structural damage to the foundation. Wet insulation, sweating windows and rusting ductwork in and around the crawl space are also less likely with encapsulation of the crawl space.
Lower Heating and Cooling Bills
Having an encapsulated crawl space instead of the typical vented crawl space helps keep the temperatures in the house under control and makes it easier for the HVAC system to keep the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, saving the homeowner money on their energy bills. Besides saving money on the bills themselves, the equipment is also likely to last longer, so the homeowner won't have to deal with replacement costs as often.
Other Potential Benefits
An encapsulated crawl space can be a good selling point for a home. A home with this feature is likely to be chosen over a similar home that simply has a vented crawl space. Also, this home improvement may qualify a homeowner for a rebate from their utility or a tax incentive from the federal, state or local government for home improvements. Finally, when the homeowner does need to actually enter the crawl space for some reason, it will be a much more pleasant experience than if the space wasn't encapsulated. It might still be a bit dusty, but there's less chance of encountering insects, mold and rot.
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