Why Encapsulation?

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Crawl space encapsulation involves sealing off your home's crawl space (the one under the house, not the tiny attic substitute that many houses have). The material used in the encapsulation forms a vapor barrier that prevents mold, mildew, moisture, odors, and bugs from seeping up into the living spaces in your home. It seems like such a simple addition, so is it really as good as people say it is?

It Takes Care of So Much

You could do separate waterproofing, ventilation, and pest control on your crawlspace, right? But why do all those when you could just have the space encapsulated? Even if you still have to have pest control companies treat your yard, occasionally, you won't have to deal with them crawling under your house anymore.

It's Not That Hard to Fix

Encapsulation is not just about placing some plastic on the walls, but it's not the hardest modification to make or fix. Basement waterproofing, for example, might require adding more chemicals to the walls or even tearing out some of the walls if the waterproofing fails. Encapsulation isn't that invasive; it's a physical barrier that sits on top of the material forming the walls and floor/ceiling of the crawl space. Fixing breaches and other issues does not require that much time, though you would need an encapsulation specialist to do the work.

It's One More Barrier Against Radon

Radon is a real problem in the United States. It's not everywhere, and when it is present, it's not always present in large quantities. But it's so unpredictable; one block in a neighborhood might not have a radon problem while the next block does. It's all about what the ground under the neighborhood is made of in that particular area. This is why people are often told to get their homes tested even if everything seems all right -- remember, radon is colorless and odorless -- but it's a major contributor to disease occurrence.

Crawl space encapsulation acts as one more barrier to radon getting into the home. The vapor barrier prevents those gases from rising up just as it prevents mildew spores from invading. You still want to have your home tested and retrofitted to allow for proper ventilation, but adding crawl space encapsulation is a really good idea.

A number of companies offer encapsulation, including termite companies and others. Get bids and have the crawl space thoroughly inspected to ensure you know what issues you're trying to remedy.

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