Crawl Space Encapsulation
A home with a vented dirt crawl space raises your heating and cooling costs from 12% to 30%! It is also very possible that the house will have excessive mold growth and rotted wood (especially if you live in the Southeast US). This is because moisture comes into your home from two places ground (dirt) and outdoor air.
We can save you a bundle on your heating and cooling costs and improve your air quality by sealing off your crawl space environment and installing a commercial-grade dehumidifier.
Below are some pictures we took before installing the crawl space encapsulation:
- Breathe easier – Vented crawl spaces substantially negatively impact indoor air quality.
- Reduce the chances of costly floor repairs – Moisture rots wood and causes hardwood floors to buckle.
- Enhance comfort – Floors won’t be cold in winter, and the house won’t be muggy in summer.
- Lower energy bills – Crawl space encapsulation can reduce energy bills by up to 20%.
- Make your heating & cooling equipment and ducts last longer – An air handler and ducts in a vented crawl space will not last as long as equipment in a conditioned crawl space.
- An encapsulated crawl space is an attractive selling feature – Potential buyers comparing two similar houses will find the one with an encapsulated crawl space more appealing.
Spray Foam Insulation
No more air leakage or energy-robbing drafts to worry about. Spray foam adheres to everything – so whether you plan to build with wood or metal, a spray foam insulation system will deliver the performance you can count on.
Spray polyurethane foam, referred to as SPF, is a spray-applied insulating foam plastic installed as a liquid and then expands many times its original size. Spray polyurethane foam is a remarkably versatile material used in many facets to insulate your home. We take pride in what we do and how we accomplish it.
Below are some examples of what it looks like before we install Spray Foam Insulation:
Triplex Crawlspace Insulation
Polyshield Triplex® Crawlspace Insulation R10 is designed specifically for masonry wall insulation applications. Our Crawlspace Insulation is over 1″ thick, featuring large double-bubble foil/foil material and a foam center. This pliable yet stiffer material provides a much easier install, saving up to 70% of labor. The unique Triplex® Crawlspace Insulation R10 has 95% reflectivity, matching all the other variations of our bubble insulation. The XPE foam center provides a higher R-Value, delivering a higher level of fire protection.
Crawl Space FAQs and Answers
What are the benefits of a Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Studies have shown that as much as 50% of your home's air comes from the basement or crawlspace. The air is often higher in moisture content and carries various allergens and musty odors with it. When conditions linger above 60% relative humidity, mold, mildew, and bacteria growth are stimulated.
The American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and the EPA recommend maintaining relative humidity levels in the 50-60% range. Ventilation and air conditioning alone cannot provide the protection offered by a high-capacity dehumidifier. Protecting your family, and your biggest investment, is worth the best.
The Crawl Space Encapsulation can help eliminate the following issues:
- Dust mites
- Sticky/swollen doors and windows
- Smelly damp odors
- Buckling hardwood floors
- Increased heating and cooling bills
- Mold growth
I have Mold/Fungi growing on the beams in my crawlspace. What can we do to stop it from coming back?
Once the Certified Technician determines the type of growth on the beams and why it is growing, we will treat them with an approved product to eliminate and clean the growth areas. Then you can choose from several different Crawlspace encapsulation plans, including reducing the humidity levels with a dehumidifier (see our brochures).
Is a sump pump necessary in a crawlspace?
A sump pump is necessary for a crawl space if there is standing water and no other means of discharging water (such as a pipe that allows water to flow out by gravity). Sump pumps should be installed with an interior drainage system to drain the entire area. The pump must be placed in the lowest spot, along the foundation wall, or in the middle of the crawl space.
Does your company provide references?
Yes, upon your request, we will provide you with a list of customers who have had pest, termite, and crawlspace encapsulation work done by us.
What kind of Warranty do you provide?
We provide a Manufacturer's Warranty on the Dehumidifier for five years. Your Warranty is transferable to any new homeowner as long as the filter changes are done accordingly to the Manufacturer's Warranty.
How do I pay for the work?
Upon completion of the job, you can pay by check or credit card on our Website or at our Office.
We also have a Bank (see link) if you need to obtain financial assistance with your project.