About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.
Many homeowners only think about their crawlspace once problems occur. By then, the damage has already occurred, and in some cases, you may need to make a considerable investment beyond crawlspace encapsulation to fix problems. Making the investment in your crawlspace now will help you avoid problems later.
Your crawlspace can be a major culprit when considering the overall energy-efficiency of your home. When your crawlspace is affecting the temperature inside your home, the results might be more noticeable during the warmer months. As the cooler air from your HVAC system sinks, it may simply escape through your floor and crawlspace. Additionally, if you live in an area that is prone to humid summers, you likely notice your home is harder to cool because it remains muggy indoors. You might think the problem is an ineffective HVAC system, but the real problem might be your crawlspace. When your crawlspace is encapsulated, a dehumidifier is also installed to help regulate the humidity.
Beyond having a home that feels damp or muggy, humidity can cause extensive damage to your home. Elevated humidity levels indoors are associated with damage to the structural materials. Wood used in flooring and walls may be prone to rotting. Additionally, as the seasons change, the moisture in your crawlspace can expand and contract, causing cracks in sturdier materials, such as concrete or brick. Where there's moisture, there's also the risk of mold. Since mold spores are invisible, it is difficult to notice a mold problem until it becomes extensive. Once you begin noticing mold growth in your basement, the problem is likely extensive in your crawlspace. Although mold is unsightly, the real problem is worse since mold can cause health problems and ruin your indoor air quality.
Although pests can enter your home and exploit any type of structural vulnerability, your crawlspace may be an infestation waiting to happen. Some pests prefer the warmer, humid environment, which makes an unencapsulated crawlspace an ideal breeding ground for roaches and other insects. Even as the weather cools, your crawlspace can become more attractive to mice and other animals seeking refuge from the cold. Some of the insects that prefer a warm, humid environment are also insects that are known to damage wood, such as termites. Unfortunately, having a termite infestation can easily cause extensive damage to your home and lead to costly extermination and repair costs.
With several benefits to crawslpace encapsulation, there is no reason your home should remain vulnerable. Encapsulating your crawlspace is one of the best investments to protect your home, well before problems even occur.Share
18 November 2018