Many homes in Atlanta, GA are built with a crawlspace – a small area below the floor, sometimes used to provide adequate space for HVAC ducts and plumbing – and ease of servicing these areas for extending life. Although these areas provide the benefit for ease of installation and access for repairs, crawlspaces can also trap humidity and be the source of water intrusion in older homes or homes that were built to subpar standards.

It’s imperative to keep your crawlspace dry, clean, and free of obstruction – and not just for the sake of the repairman. Did you know that nearly half of your household air flows up from the crawl space? Humid and dirty crawlspaces can have a negative effect on your indoor air quality and can be ideal conditions for mold growth.

When your crawlspace is difficult to manage – either due to environmental factors or your ability to keep up with the high demands of a humid crawlspace, encapsulation is often an ideal solution. Crawlspace encapsulation can help minimize humidity levels and keep the crawlspace relatively clean – minimizing negative effects on indoor air quality and reducing the risk of mold growth.

Crawlspace Encapsulation Defined

Crawlspace Encapsulation is a common term used to describe a crawlspace that has been protected against moisture through the use of a heavy-duty polyethylene vapor barrier on the walls, ceiling, and floor. The process of crawlspace encapsulation essentially seals your crawlspace from unwanted moisture.

Typically following an encapsulation, we install a dehumidifier to help maintain an appropriate humidity level within your crawlspace. The protection from outside elements through encapsulation in combination with a dehumidifier to protect crawlspaces from excessive moisture building up within the sealed area helps to provide optimal moisture protection – and minimizes the risk of moisture damage, like mold and wood rot, that are commonly attributed to an unkempt crawlspace.

Should I Encapsulate My Crawlspace?

Excess moisture and water vapor can cause an assortment of issues inside your home. If your home has any of the following issues, you may want to consider encapsulating your crawlspace:

  • Wet insulation
  • High level of mosquito near your home’s exterior
  • Insect intrusion
  • Sweating windows
  • Separating tiles or flooring
  • Soft spots in your floors
  • Musty or mildew smell in the basement or lower level of your home
  • Mold growth
  • High (and unexplainable) energy bill

Benefits of Crawlspace Encapsulation

The benefits of creating vapor barrier around your crawlspace include:

  • Minimized damage to your home’s structure (i.e. insulation, flooring, or wood framing)
  • Improved air quality (and smell) in your home
  • More comfortable and convenient living conditions
  • Reduce chance of fungi growth within your crawlspace
  • Limit mold issues within your home caused by high levels of moisture beneath it
  • Greater energy efficiency

Professional Crawlspace Encapsulation in Atlanta, GA

With the time, effort, and the right materials, crawlspace encapsulation can be a DIY project; however, if incorrectly done and moisture is still able to get into the space, then your hard work to encapsulate your crawlspace has gone to waste.

Save yourself the time, energy, and ultimate frustration by passing the job task off to a professional with over 40 years in the mold remediation and construction industry. Ensure the job is done right with the professionals at Fortis Remediation. Contact us today for an on-site estimate and analysis to safeguard your home against the damaging effects of water vapor and humidity.