About Crawlspace Encapsulation
Crawlspace Encapsulation is the practice of closing off your crawlspace to the environment outside and conditioning the space to adequately remove excess levels of moisture within your crawlspace’s environment.
Encapsulation is the most effective way to protect your home from:
- Damp rot
- Structural damage
- Excessive heating & cooling costs
- Poor indoor air quality
- Uncomfortable living environment due to a humid home
- Asthma and allergy symptoms caused by excessive humidity
Components of Crawlspace Encapsulation
Crawlspace encapsulation is made up of several services offered by Jersey Shore Crawlspace Enhancement, and often consist of the installation of:
- Crawlspace cleanout
- Removal of damp/falling insulation
- Mold treatment and/or disinfection & sanitation
- Installation of new insulation
- Installation of a drainage system
- Installation of a vapor barrier
- Sealing/closing of existing foundation vents
- Sealing foundation cracks & openings
- Dehumidifier installation
- Installing a properly fitted & secured crawlspace door to the foundation
Benefits of an Encapsulated Crawlspace
Invest in your Home’s Health & Value
By installing an encapsulation system, you can ensure that your home is protected from moisture related issues common in homes with crawlspaces here on the Jersey Shore.
Encapsulating your dirt crawlspace limits the amount of water in your home’s environment, reducing the need for large scale repairs and while providing superior protection from things not covered by Homeowner’s insurance such as mold and termites.
By protecting the home itself, you are also protecting the investment that you’ve made into your home and its value. This will especially help you if you ever find yourself in the home selling process.
Reduce Moisture at the Source
Encapsulation systems limit water intrusion at the source. The vapor barrier keeps water vapor from rising and seeping in from your foundation walls, while the dehumidifier pulls excess humidity from the air and diverts the water outside of your crawlspace.
Eliminate Musty Odors or that phantom “Shore Smell”
Encapsulation reduces any musty or damp odors common after storms or periods of high humidity.
Save Money on Heating and Cooling Costs.
By pulling the humidity out of the environment within the crawlspace, you allow your heating and cooling systems to work less, saving you money throughout the year.
Reduce Condensation Problems
Are you seeing water droplets forming on duct work? Condensation is an indicator of excessive humidity within the crawlspace and must be addressed to prevent mold, wood rot, and structural issues.
Protect your Flooring
Humidity problems can cause warping, cupping and squeaky floors. Protect your investment into your home’s health.