Encapsulation, Vapor Barriers, Flood Damage, French Drains-Services Offered
Crawl Space Clean Up Crew also restores existing crawl spaces, adding insulation and vapor barriers to create a warmer, more energy efficient space. If your thermostat is set at 70 degrees or above but your floors feel cold, your crawl space could be to blame. Properly insulated crawl spaces make your home more comfortable and will save you money on your energy bills. Spray foam insulation is often used from the floor of the house to the vapor barrier.
An insulated crawl space will cause your furnace to run less and keep outside air infiltration to a minimum. It will also block allergens from your ventilation systems. Depending on the size and set up, your crawl space is either ventilated or unventilated. In vented crawl spaces, you’ll need to affectively insulate up to the floor of the house with spray foam, as well as wrap any hot water lines to keep them from freezing in winter. However, most crawl spaces are unventilated.
For unventilated crawl spaces, we use spray foam on the foundation walls and band boards, then install a vapor barrier that covers the entire floor. We then block off all the vents, which allows the living space and the crawl space to have similar temperatures and humidity levels. When you create or modify your crawl space to be unventilated, the floors of your home can be up to 20 degrees warmer. It also helps to prevent warping of hardwood floors.
Vapor barriers alone have many benefits and are essential to preventing moisture issues that come with any crawlspace floor, whether it’s dirt or concrete. Too much moisture in a crawlspace can cause structural failure over time. The vapor barrier blocks water that evaporates from the soil from entering the crawlspace. Our experienced HVAC technicians in Georgia can install vapor barriers in new and existing crawl spaces in any type of building.
Encapsulating, or at least sealing, crawl spaces is becoming a popular solution for avoiding indoor moisture issues. To the average person, encapsulation can be compared to the lining added to swimming pool to avoid leaks. A heavy-duty polyethylene barrier is added to completely cover your space-usually the floors, foundation walls, and sometimes even ceiling. The water vapor barrier is the most effective when it completely covers your crawl space, and sealing tape is used to connect the barrier pieces throughout your area. Once your space is completely sealed, the final piece of encapsulation puzzle is conditioning the air to maintain a healthy humidity level. The most common way to do this is by adding a dehumidifier to regulate your crawl space’s moisture level. The barrier and dehumidifier combination protects the crawl space from excess moisture and all the problems that come along with it.