Crawl Space Encapsulation by Best CDRS

The condition of your crawl space can have a direct effect on the quality of the air you breathe while indoors – over 40% of it comes from that area or a basement, if you have it. If you detect a musty or wet odor that persists over time, it may be time to investigate your crawl space and seriously consider addressing some of the issues causing it, instead of covering the smell up with an air freshener.

What Is A Crawl Space?

When browsing for a home, most people pay little attention to what could be beneath their feet while touring the property. A crawl space is a hollow area between the house and the ground that is only high enough for someone to crawl into (hence the name) and is a convenient place to contain certain parts of the home that owners would rather remain unseen, such as duct work, plumbing, and air conditioning and heating systems.

Some of the most common issues that can present themselves in a crawl space can be traced to two factors: moisture and humidity. These include mold, rotting and structural issues. A crawl space that is damp or humid is a potential hot spot for mold growth, which can cause that musty smell. It can also be the site of a pest infestation, thanks to the readily available moisture and abundant food source – termites love wet, rotting wood.

Resolving Your Crawl Space Issues

Rain or ground water can enter your crawl space and remain there for long periods of time, creating a humid environment. One of the ways to resolve standing water in the crawl space is by having a drainage system installed before proceeding with crawl space encapsulation.

Crawl space encapsulation is a recently popular solution for resolving indoor moisture issues and preventing them from reoccurring in the future. It adds one more layer of protection between the ground or dirt floor and your living area and is usually accomplished with a heavy-duty polyethylene material barrier that completely covers your crawl space: floors, foundation walls, and sometimes even the ceiling of the space itself. Sealing tape is then used to connect the barrier pieces, thereby effectively waterproofing the area. The final step is to maintain the air in the crawl space at a healthy humidity level, which is achieved by adding a dehumidifier to regulate the moisture in the air and keep the place dry.

The benefits of crawl space encapsulation cannot be stressed enough: besides eliminating mold and other potential health risks, you also protect your home from structural damage and vastly improve your indoor air quality. Crawl space encapsulation can also help your HVAC system run more efficiently, as there will be no need for it to compensate for drastic temperature changes coming up from the area.

For Crawl Space Repairs in the Four Corners Region, Contact Best CDRS

Here at Best CDRS we care about your family’s comfort and the longevity of your home. As an IICRC-certified company, we are well-equipped to tackle common crawl space issues and provide meaningful solutions so that you and your loved ones can better enjoy your home. In addition to crawl space encapsulation, we also offer water damage restoration, fire restoration, storm damage restoration, as well as mold remediation, to name a few. Call us today at 970-235-9151 or reach us through our Contact Us page to set up an appointment or schedule a free estimate.