Jan 7

What Is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

Major problems can often cause a domino effect of smaller issues throughout your home. Fires, for example, are very destructive. However, once the fire is put out, you’ll have to call for fire and smoke restoration services to deal with the numerous problems that follow it. Floods are another example of major problems causing a cascade of minor issues that, while not as destructive as the original problem, can still be challenging to address and fix.

One of the more dangerous but often overlooked effects of flooding is the lingering moisture it leaves behind, particularly within your crawl space. Luckily, there is a way to protect your home from this problem. Read on as our experts at Special Touch Restoration explain crawl space encapsulation as well as its many benefits.

What Is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

The main purpose of crawl space encapsulation is creating a barrier between your crawl space and moisture, preventing many water-related problems from occurring. The idea behind the process is easy enough to understand. All surfaces in your crawl space are covered in a waterproof barrier while a dehumidifier is installed to keep water vapor levels in this area down.

Who Should Do Your Crawl Space Encapsulation?

There are kits available to DIY crawl space encapsulation and while it may seem like the kind of home improvement that you can do on your own, DIY-ing the process might actually cause more harm than good. Generally, it’s better to have a professional handle this project, an option that is actually preferred by most homeowners.

Is Crawl Space Encapsulation Worth It?

Once you’ve completely protected your crawl space from moisture, the benefits are easily recognizable. 50% to 60% of your indoor air actually comes from your crawl space so keeping it moisture-free does wonders to your indoor air quality. A vapor barrier also keeps pests and mold out of your crawl space. Finally, the whole process also improves the overall energy efficiency of your home.

Keep your crawl space safe against water-related issues with the help of our professionals at Special Touch Restoration. Give us a call in North Alabama at (256) 330-4822, in South Alabama at (251) 512-1424 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate on crawl space encapsulation services today.