Crawlspace Encapsulation Homeowner Tips
Various homes in the New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck area have crawlspaces. It is likely that most people are not regularly inspecting these areas. However, the occasional visit may reveal one of SERVPRO’s constant foes, mold. Mold can cause health effects. It is important to consider how the ventilation in your home is contributing to moisture in your crawlspace. We have been getting more and more calls every day about mold losses which is why it is important to stay aware of what could be lurking around right under your feet.
Being proactive is a great way to avoid the stress that is caused by discovering mold in an unlikely place. There are two very popular methods to protect the crawlspace from moisture: a vapor barrier or closing the vents and having them sealed shut. While these two methods may seem slightly similar as they both are a form of encapsulation, they are wildly different from one another.
Crawlspace sealing, while more inexpensive, does not compare to installing a vapor barrier. Sealing off the vents in a crawl space will prevent the moisture from entering through the vents; nevertheless it does not account for the moisture that seeps in through the walls of the crawl space.
However, a vapor barrier prevents wall, floor, roof and ceiling assemblies from getting wet due to moisture. Just like in the name, vapor barriers act as a barrier, whereas crawlspace sealing does not. Despite how simple it may seem, you should allow a professional to install your vapor barrier for maximum accuracy. Improper instillation can result in moisture finding its way in and resulting in mold being very close behind. That’s why you should leave it to us!
If you are experiencing any mold in your crawlspace or are looking to get a vapor barrier installed, give us a call and set up your appointment today!
SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg and Northern Neck
804-966-1400 or toll free at 800-889-5002