Crawl space encapsulation is becoming a very popular home improvement method used to solve crawl space problems. Ignoring the conditions in your crawl space can be costly to say the least. The encapsulation industry has grown dramatically in the last 7 years, mostly because of indoor air quality and energy improvements. The list of benefits, however, go far beyond just saving on energy bills and having cleaner air. This is why you want Universal Pest & Termite to inspect yearly to ensure complete crawl space protection.
Why Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Listed below are a few concerns a homeowner may have and should look into a complete crawl space solution:
- Soft Floors
- Musty Smells
- Dry Rot
- Hight Cooling Costs
- Rusting Ductwork
- Wet Insulation
- Sweating Windows
Invest Now and Save Later with Crawl Space Encapsulation by Universal Pest & Termite
Some crawl space issues like mold and mildew need to be addressed immediately, others can take years to develop. If you have a major problem, such as wood rot, don’t hesitate to get it fixed. Scientific research shows you can save money on your energy bill with a sealed crawl space. Every month you’ll see a return on your investment.
Keep in mind, that’s with a properly insulated home (Universal Pest & Termite offers a complete insulation service). Once completed, you’ll get your investment back in due time. The cost will depend on the size of your crawl space and what needs to be fixed. Once fixed and sealed properly, your home shouldn’t have any more moisture issues associated with your crawl space and home.
Wood-Rot in Crawl Space
With high levels of moisture comes wood-rot. Expect a crawl space that holds a moisture level of 19% or higher to produce wood decay and damage. If neglected, this could produce extensive damage to your sub-floor, beams and floor joist. It is important to know that moisture levels can very depending on time of year and humidity levels outside. A home that is inspected in January can have a moisture level of 0, but that same home in July could read 22% or higher. It is common for a termite/moisture company to recommend a fungi treatment when wood decay is present. This alone will not solve the problem, only address a symptom. A combination of having a micro-encapsulation system installed as well as installing a dehumidifier may better suit the underlying issue.
Condensation in Your Crawl Space
Huge crawl space issues happen when humid outside air meets the cold from the HVAC/duct work in the warmer months. Hot and cold will mix to create condensation. Homes with no duct work in the crawl space will still have this issue since there is interior cool air making the floors cold.
With the extreme heat and dampness in the south, humidity is everywhere! As a homeowner, you need to stop the humid outside air from entering the home to react with low temperatures of the AC. Believe it or not, rain can occur in your crawl space. Condensation on your sub-floor, insulation and duct lines will drip on the ground effectively making your crawl space a mud-pit.
How We Install Our Micro-Encapsulation System
Universal Pest & Termite has extensive experience in installing micro-encapsulation systems under homes. This is a step-by-step process of installation: 1.) We first start by cleaning any debris our of your crawl space. 2.) After a complete clean-out, the technician will install a foam insulation board along the interior side of the foundation walls. A 6-inch spacer will be left at the top of the board to ensure a termite inspection can be made in the future. This foam board holds an R-10 value. 3.) When the foam board installation is complete, we will then install a 12-mil poly ground cover at 100%. All seams are taped. Each pier will be wrapped with the poly and seams are taped. The poly will extend to the top of the foam board along interior foundation walls. 4.) All debris will be removed after completion. Depending on square footage, expect completion of the job to be two to seven days.
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