If you are a homeowner in Michigan then it is likely that your home has a crawl space. A crawl space is the area between the bottom floor of your home and the ground. It houses some of the equipment that allows your home to run smoothly. Not all crawl spaces house important equipment, however, and often this area can be a breeding ground for mold, mites and other unwanted visitors to your home. Learn more about the benefits of encapsulated crawl spaces today.
When you partner with the experts at StayDry® Waterproofing you are working with a team that understands the importance of caring for your Michigan home. We are a family owned company dedicated to providing high-quality service regardless of time of day. Learn more about what a crawl space is, why you might consider encapsulating it and the importance of regular crawl space maintenance.
What Is A Crawl Space?
If you are unsure if your Michigan home has a crawl space then it is a good time to learn more about what a crawl space is, and if yours is hurting or helping your home. If you are aware of your home’s crawl space, then these tips will help you determine if you are caring for it properly.
The crawl space is generally located underneath the first floor of your home. It is occasionally accessible from your basement, or from the exterior of your home. In rare occasions, or due to weather, the crawl space can become blocked and unable to be accessed.
It is common for a crawl space to serve as the “guts” of your home. This can include a sump pump, piping for plumbing or parts of your HVAC system such as ductwork. Ensuring that this area of your home is properly cared for is essential to not only prevent damage but to also keep your home running smoothly.
So now that you know more about how to locate your crawl space, the importance and the possible issues that can occur from a properly maintained one, check out if encapsulating is the answer to your crawl space issues.
Should You Encapsulate Yours?
Encapsulation in its most basic form is protecting the area underneath your home from potential damage. This area is often out of sight and out of mind; however, by paying attention to what’s happening in this area can save you a lot of time and money in the future.
When one of our experts makes a crawl space encapsulation visit we walk through each step with homeowners, looping them in on the process so they are more familiar with their home and the required repairs. Check out the steps we take to properly encapsulate your home’s crawl space.
- Proper inspection-we first ensure that your crawl space is cleaned out properly. We remove any mold, dirt, debris and prepare the area for encapsulation.
- Vapor barrier- then a vapor barrier is installed to keep water and moisture out of this area. Any leaks or holes are first filled then covered with the vapor barrier. It covers all parts of your crawl space.
- Vapor barrier sealed- all separate pieces of the vapor barrier are sealed, ensuring that there is no place for moisture to enter into your crawl space.
- Sealed vents- vents in your crawl space will be sealed as to not let atmospheric conditions into the area. Windows, doors or any other openings will additionally be sealed.
- Check/Fill wall insulation- additionally our experts will check the insulation in the wall, replacing or filling it to properly control heat in this area.
- Air flow- in order to keep moisture out a homeowner can choose to install an exhaust fan, use a dehumidifier or let some air from their HVAC flow through to keep the air regulated in the crawl space.
This system ensures that while a crawl space may be out of sight, homeowners can have peace of mind. Contact StayDry® Waterproofing today see how your home could benefit from crawl space encapsulation.
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