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What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

There are many benefits of encapsulation.

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Crawl space encapsulation is a generic term used to describe a crawl space area which is protected from moisture by using a crawl space vapor barrier that is properly installed on the flooring and wall surfaces. This dramatically cuts down on the amount of moisture that is able to gather in the crawl space. 

The actual process and materials used for encapsulation vary per installer; however, the basic procedures involve sealing all openings in the sidewalls, including vents and doors leading to the exterior. This stops the penetration of outside air. Then, they will insulate the walls to minimize heat transfer from the inside as well as the outside of the crawl space. Finally, to keep water vapors from entering the space around the ground, a vapor barrier product is installed. 

After ensuring the elimination of all outside air, the next step is to remove the remaining humidity and moisture from the crawl space. This process involves conditioning the air through the addition of vents to allow conditioned air to be pulled from the living area. A dehumidifier is also recommended to reduce and control humidity.

There are many benefits of encapsulation, the most noteable are:

  • Moisture reduction to prevent mold growth and rotting wood
  • Better air quality in the home
  • Reduced heating and cooling costs
  • Protective barrier against insects, soil gasses, and rodents
  • A clean, bright, dry space for storage

We are often called upon by Michigan homeowners to turn their unfinished crawl spaces into dry, usable areas that can be put to practical use, in addition to providing the peace of mind of a healthy environment.

With our exclusive encapsulation system, we keep your budget in mind by offering three different types of encapsulation and vapor barrier systems. Depending on what crawl space waterproofing outcome/benefits you are looking to achieve, we will have the solution for you. Call today for your free homeowner crawl space inspection.

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