Crawl Spaces…would you take a deep breath in yours?

Yikes! For many, it’s a dark, smelly, moldy, problem right under your home. It’s an ignored problem, causing enormous unforeseen financial damages and health problems.

Ignoring the problem and hoping it goes away is not a decision you can make as the leader of your household. You understand your home is your largest financial investment and asset that you own; you must protect it from early decay and ruin. Sticking your head in the sand, won’t make it go away.

Crawl Spaces, when encapsulated proper provide a valuable asset to your home:

  • More usable storage space
  • Completely dry environment
  • Utility Bill Savings (no heat loss in or out of the crawl space)
  • Pests denied water sources or access to dirt or wood

Think of an encapsulated Crawl Space like a mini, high end finished basement, with layers of protective material to ensure it’s 100% waterproof, air leakage proof, moisture resistant, with the added benefit of storage capacity.

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Nash Everett Encapsulates your Crawl Space

The first step is open communication and an assessment of your crawl space. Our thorough checklist ensures the area is completely clean, dry, smooth and prepared for multiple layers of reinforced waterproofing materials. The walls, columns, and floor must be cleared out and completely dry and free of detritus and other debris. Then, a thicker plastic lining is installed. This lining is usually 12 to 20 millimeters thick, and is reinforced with polyester. It is more durable than a vapor barrier, and is fastened to the wall or floor. The encapsulated space is waterproof, to ensure no moisture can accumulate and cause future damage.

If no moisture can get into the crawl space from outside the house, we severely mitigate any chance of water build up. Combined with waterproofing liners, water has no chance of ever entering or remaining in the crawl space. Then a ventilation system is implemented which improves the air quality of your entire home, lowers your energy consumption, and is a solid investment long term.

More space in your crawl space. Tired of looking into your crawl space holding your breath with one eye open in disgust? Once encapsulated, you’ll actually be able to use your crawl space again. Many homeowners put storage bins, seasonal holiday items, family heirlooms, or other valuables in their newly encapsulated crawl space. Even if you don’t utilize the space for storage, the peace of mind knowing your home has the best encapsulation/insulation for your crawl space means no costly future bills which could require complete and total mold remediation, costing 5-10x more if rampant throughout the home. A little bit of moisture and water today adds up over time, and will destroy your crawl space, your foundation, and severely impact the quality of the air you take inside of the home. Water, over-time created the Grand Canyons, what do you think the moisture is doing to your home’s foundation?

Crawl space encapsulation is a great way to protect your home from unwanted pests living in your crawl space. It also protects you from termites and rodents; you will still want to periodically check your crawl space, but with fewer places to hide, water, moisture, dirt/soil, pests will find a simpler option elsewhere.

If you’re considering crawl space encapsulation, consider the advantages that this type of project can provide. You can expect to enjoy a cleaner, healthier environment, and lower energy costs. By eliminating the moisture in your crawl space, you can save money on heating and cooling bills. Furthermore, the process will help keep the humidity in the home at a healthy level, which will help your family breathe better. Indoor air quality is more important than ever as we spend more time in our homes than ever in history.

Radon gas is an invisible gas, and cannot be detected without air-quality testing. Therefore, it is impossible for homeowners to detect its presence without the help of an expert. This is why you need to take care of encapsulation of your crawl space if you’re concerned about radon gas in your home. This isn’t the only solution to radon gas, as you will want to consult about a complete radon / air filtration system to ensure 100% air quality is optimized in your home.

Encapsulating your crawl space is a great way to keep your home dry and safe. In addition to that, it can also serve as an additional storage space. For an average home size, a crawl space encapsulation project can cost around thousands of dollars to tens of thousands depending on scope of project, size, and complexity. It is a good investment for your home because it prevents it from rotting from its base, literally as water damage will destroy your home from its foundation. It will provide you with a cleaner, dry, and more efficient environment. It also helps to prevent rot in wood and improve your house’s foundation.

Encapsulating a Crawl Space
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How Much Does Crawl Space Encapsulation Cost?

Cost is dependent on the size of the crawl space, the complexity, project scope, materials, systems and unique design of your home or crawl space. Smaller projects can cost thousands of dollars, while larger ones can cost tens of thousands of dollars. It’s important to understand the scope of work, and what a crawl space encapsulation contractor will do based on the project budget.

Your Crawl Space is Now Your Happy Place!

Maybe that’s taking it a bit far, but you’ll be able to look into your crawl space and maneuver around with a smile on your face, knowing it’s 100% protected from mildew, mold, moisture, and water. Your air quality will improve, your health will be optimized (we breathe a lot during the day!), and it’s a valuable enhancement to your most important asset – your home.

Encapsulation will improve the air quality of your home. It will reduce the risk of mold and mildew in your home. It will improve the air quality and keep your home dry. Your home’s air quality will also improve. It will be more comfortable for you and your family.

Whether you opt to encapsulate your crawl space yourself or hire a trusted moisture management and crawl space encapsulation contractor such as Nash Everett, it’s an important step to take towards your home value and overall health.