Vapor Barrier Solutions
Installing a crawl space vapor barrier is the first line of defense against high humidity and poor indoor air quality. These crawl space encapsulation barriers are thick, puncture resistant, and made of a high tensile strength material that stops moisture from entering the space from the soil. These liners are similar to a swimming pool liner and encapsulate the crawl space so that moisture cannot attack exposed wood and create mold and mildew. Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services is your vapor barrier service providers in OH and PA.
Wet, damp crawl spaces are perfect living conditions for mold growth and insects. Look around your home for the following issues:
- Squeaky and buckling floors above crawl spaces
- Unhealthy air that causes headaches, asthma attacks, allergies, and respiratory issues
- Mold growth
- Stagnant water
- Water seepage from crawl space cracks
- Bursting pipes
- Increase in utilities
- Insect infestations
- Rotten wood
- High radon levels
- Musty odor
- Nesting rodents and other pests
These are signs that you have a wet, damp crawl space that needs immediate attention. For those homes that have extremely wet crawl spaces, a drainage system and sump pump can be installed to control groundwater. This is done prior to the liner being installed. In doing this, you will have a crawl space that has a water control system in place so it can be encapsulated without the worry of water seeping into the area. Sealing vents and dehumidifying the crawl space are the last steps in controlling the relative humidity in that section of your home. Sealing the vents prevent the outside air from settling in the space, creating condensation and promoting the growth of mold and mildew. There have been many studies done proving that a sealed crawl space creates a healthier and more energy-efficient home. This is due to the elimination of humidity fluctuations, especially when done in tandem with a dehumidifier.
Excessive humidity and water vapor could lead to structural damage to the framed crawl space. Installing support piers to reinforce sagging floor joists and beams may be needed. Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services is a crawl space repair specialist. Contact us today for your evaluation.
These same crawl space vapor barriers can be used on basement walls to prevent water and moisture permeation through the concrete or masonry. By continuing the vapor barrier from the ground to the top of the foundation walls you will create a permanent vapor barrier against most water and humidity, creating a healthier home environment.
For homes that have extremely wet crawl spaces to the point of having standing water, a drainage system and sump system can be installed prior to the liner being installed. This will help control groundwater. Thus, the crawl space has a water control system in place so the area can be encapsulated without the worry of water seeping onto the liner.
The final steps to waterproofing your crawl space include sealing vents and dehumidifying the space. Crawl space sealing prevents the humid outside air from settling in the space, thus creating condensation and promoting mold growth. There have been many studies done proving that a sealed crawl space creates a healthier and more energy efficient home. This is due to the elimination of humidity fluctuations, especially when done in tandem with a dehumidifier.
Contact Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services today for vapor barriers. We also provide financial assistance, if needed.