With proper insulation, it is no longer necessary to suffer through a cool floor, dampness, and exhausting power bills. Insulation via the encapsulation method offers a clever fix that will take care of all of these issues and add value to your home. When done right, the insulation practice of encapsulation transforms a small attic space from a nasty, moist, hard to see area into a clear, sanitary, and dry spot. Your house will be much more relaxed and manage electrical power much more efficiently.
With your AC not working overtime to cool down the home, you’re sure to save hundreds over the course of a year. Your home structure, as it is, leaves cracks in the walls, ceiling, and foundation for air, bugs, and rodents to sneak in and nest. These animals and insects can sometimes live in a house for months without the owner knowing. If your home has a vented crawl space, the outside air and foreign bodies that come through that vent could affect your overall wellbeing, your level of comfort, and the financial value of your home.
Issues with Insulation Insulation that is either broken or has ceased to work properly can be bad news for your home. Batt insulation, when placed in the actual area between joists, can moisten the batts. If those batts become damp, they will change shape and fall to the ground. As damp air and moisture comes in through the cracks in a house or through a vent, it will condense around cool air and water sources. The joists beams are sure to grow mold and mildew in these conditions. The result of all this moisture must be dealt with. Otherwise, the mold will turn the wood to rot. Rot is a very serious structural issue and a financial nightmare to fix. If your space has a dirt floor, there are even more problems with moisture and dampness, due to soil’s nature to attract and hold on to moisture. Expensive Bills If the chilly winter air finds its way underneath the floor of your home, you’ll quickly find yourself too cold for comfort. That, however, isn’t the worst part. The worst part is the terribly expensive light bills you’ll be forced to pay. Pests Termites, along with Carpenter Ants, seek out very dark and moist living spaces where we wood has turned to rot. If you’re crawl space has a vent, you are especially at risk, as this creates the ideal living conditions for wood-boring insects.
Encapsulation and Insulating Every one of the above issues can be solved by properly and completely insulating your crawl space. The special technique of encapsulation is a all-in-one solution to many problems at once.
Encapsulation completely seals the entry door to the crawl space, as well as the open cracks in the vents with removable, air-tight seal covers. Heavy duty moisture barriers are then placed next to the foundation walls and cover the floor. Depending on the condition of the house, waterproofing and dehumidification must be done. Rigid foam is used to entirely split off the inside of the crawl space from the environmental issues that exist outside the home. The end result will be that your home will be more comfortable, cost less to run, and increase its value.