Knightdale, NC Crawlspace Encapsulation
Having a crawlspace definitely has its pros and cons. Crawlspaces are great for hiding away all those ugly pipes and tubes for your water and air systems and providing you with a little more storage for those random household things that you just can’t convince yourself to get rid of, but will never actually use. My parents always used our crawlspace as a double for some serious storage because it was definitely a lot less expensive to store things in our own home, where it could be kept very close to us, and not across town in an overpriced storage unit that could be easily broken into. This method of storage is great on your wallet, because you are already paying to live in your house, so why pay extra at a different location to keep more of your stuff with some random stranger. Crawlspaces are great for higher ventilated air as well. When you have that extra room to move the air around, you’re allowing the air to spread on it’s own and can also send it through another ventilation circle to keep it extra clean. The problems start to come with a crawlspace when things don’t work right or happen to break. If there is serious flooding happening in your area, your crawlspace is at risk for being seriously damaged. Excess water in your area can get into your crawlspace and really wreak havoc! Mold formation and foundation damage are two of the most common issues that people have with crawlspaces, if water goes get into them. That water doesn’t just have to come from flooding outside though, sometimes we’re unlucky enough to have a pipe break or burst and fill our crawlspaces up like swimming pools. That doesn’t mean that you have to throw your whole home away and start completely over though! I mean how silly would that be? No, lucky for us, we have an abundance of people who have dedicated their lives to becoming professionals in the field of crawlspace care! Whether you need your crawlspace sealed, insulated, cleaned, or need some mold remediation, there are professionals in your area to take care of you! One of the biggest problems that people with crawlspaces run into is mold growth and spread. We’re going to talk about the process you go through to make sure that you have that mold removed and how to keep that mold from forming ever again. Let’s jump right in with mold remediation!
How does mold remediation work?
Mold remediation is the process of having mold removed from your crawlspace. You might think that it’s not a problem at all to have a little mold growing here and there in your crawlspace, especially because you don’t spend any time down there anyway! That logic works perfectly, until we realize that our water pipes are fed through the crawlspace, as well as a few of our air ducts. Mold also has a nasty habit of spreading quite a bit, and can end up in your bathroom and kitchen in a flash if it’s allowed to grow out of control. Like most home repairs, when mold is left to grow, the worse it gets and the more money it ends up costing for you. Frequently checking your crawlspace for water is really important, especially when you live in a more humid or wet climate. I wouldn’t say that looking after your home consistently necessarily a con of having a crawlspace, it really just gives you a reason to take a little bit of extra care of your home. Let’s say, though, that you have a bit of a mold problem starting to form in your crawlspace. Mold remediation is a great way to remove mold from your crawlspace really quickly and safely. To start, the crawlspace needs to scrapped free of all the mold that has formed, then usually dosed down with a chemical that will keep the mold from returning. After the mold has been removed, the next step is to take care of any excess moisture that has formed in your crawlspace. One way to make sure that moisture stays out of your crawlspace is by installing a vapor barrier on the ground of the crawlspace to seal off any ground water from coming up and puddling. Some insurance companies and policies will pay a large chunk of repairs like mold remediation and will be easier to deal with if you have installed a vapor barrier.
Do I need a vapor barrier in my crawlspace?
We’ve talked a little about vapor barriers now, but what really are they? Well, vapor barriers are really easy to understand. Basically, vapor barriers are plastic sheets that you vacuum seal to the floor of your crawlspace that keeps water from pooling on the ground. This barrier does wonders if your crawlspace is just a dirt floor, because it keeps the ground water from pooling up after a storm, and adding water and moisture to cause problems for you later. Vapor barriers can differ in thickness. The thicker that you choose to go with the more coverage you’ll get, but you’ll also end up spending more. The more material that you use, the more you have to pay. Makes sense right? I would recommend going with the thickest option on the market because it’s tougher, and goes the best job! Thickness is very important if you live in a wetter climate as well! Again, some insurance companies will either pay for you to install some type of barrier, or will reward you for taking extra care of your home. It just depends on what kind of policy you end up going with. There are a lot of professionals in your area who can help you install and understand what kind of vapor barrier works best for you and your home, but I would serious suggest installing a vapor barrier as soon as possible.