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Crawl Space Encapsulation: Crawl Space

As well as serving as a convenient and inconspicuous storage space for the “guts” of a house that would otherwise be housed in a basement, such as the air conditioning and heating systems, ductwork, insulation, plumbing, and electrical wiring, a crawl space can also be used to store items such as furniture and appliances.

 

When it comes to vapor barriers, what is the difference between them and encapsulation?

Vapor barriers and encapsulation are distinct in that they both completely seal out water vapor while also interrupting the process of water vapor moving upward from the ground level. Because the entire crawl space, including the walls, is encapsulated, the likelihood of developing moisture problems as a result of water vapor is reduced to almost zero.

 

Is it necessary to seal your crawl space?

Yes, you absolutely should. Crawl spaces should be completely sealed and isolated from the rest of the house, as well as from moisture in the air and the ground.

 

Is it possible to enclose a crawl space without using a dehumidifier?

Draining the dehumidifier directly into a sump pump basin or out of the crawl space is a great option that appears to cause fewer problems. It is possible that draining the dehumidifier under the vapor barrier will raise the humidity level because moisture will eventually evaporate from beneath the barrier.

 

When it comes to crawl space insulation, what is the best method to use?

Installing a polyethylene vapor retarder over the dirt floor of your crawl space is the most effective solution for this problem. By carefully sealing all of the seams, you can ensure that it is completely secure.

 

Is it permissible to cover the vents in the crawl space?

Sealing the crawl space can help prevent mold and mildew growth, make the floors warmer, and lower heating and cooling bills by as much as 30%.

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