Installing a crawlspace vapor barrier is the first line of defense against high humidity and poor indoor air quality. These poly crawlspace 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 crawlspace so that moisture cannot attack exposed wood and create mold and mildew. We are your vapor barrier service providers in OH and PA.
Wet, damp crawlspaces are perfect living conditions for mold growth and insects. Look around your home for the following issues:
These are signs that you have a wet, damp crawlspace that needs immediate attention. For those homes that have extremely wet crawlspaces, and possibly standing water, 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 crawlspace 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 crawlspace 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 crawlspace 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 crawlspace. Installing support piers to reinforce sagging floor joists and beams may be needed. Matthew’s Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services is a crawlspace repair specialist. Contact us today for your evaluation.
These same crawlspace 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 crawlspaces 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 crawlspace 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 crawlspace include sealing vents and dehumidifying the space. Crawlspace 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 crawlspace 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.