Have you ever been down in your crawl space? Usually they are musty, moldy places that homeowners try their best to avoid. They often flood or have standing water and a lot of times they contain debris from when the house was originally built. They might even have deteriorating structures or be home to rodents, snakes, roaches, and other pests. Keep reading to find out why you want to encapsulate your crawl space.
At DriTek Solutions, we can turn your neglected crawl space into a cleaner, healthier environment that will benefit your entire home. How do we do that? With crawl space vapor barrier installation and encapsulation services.
Why should you encapsulate your crawl space? Controlling and preventing moisture can make your home more energy-efficient, cheaper to cool and heat, more comfortable to live in, and prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Not only that, but a clean and protected crawl space also minimizes pest, odor, and dust intrusion into your home.
In Atlanta we have many home built on a crawl space foundation. They are common in warm, moist climates where it is beneficial to build a house slightly above the ground to avoid moisture. Traditionally, the method for building a house with a crawl space meant that it was vented with vents cut into the foundation walls. Also insulation was installed under the floor above the crawlspace. If you have a crawl space foundation in Atlanta, most likely it is vented, insulated, and unsealed if it was built prior to 2009. Below are typical crawl spaces that we inspect on a daily basis.
As you can see from the photos above, although the homeowner attempted to install a vapor barrier by laying down plastic in the crawl space, it is not adequate for sealing out moisture, air, dust, or pests. Simply laying down sheet plastic in a crawl space is not enough, rather it must be sealed and humidity-conditioned properly. Below is a diagram showing how air and water vapor enter through an improperly sealed crawl space.
In addition to proper vapor barriers, proper venting of the crawl space is important as well. In areas where summers are humid, and rainfall is consistent year-round, moisture can be carried into the crawlspace in the air drawn through open foundation wall vents. When this warm, moist air reaches cooler structural framing, the moisture condenses onto the framing and cause mold and moisture damage.
Modern building science research indicates that a sealed and humidity-conditioned crawlspace is preferable in a mixed humid climate like we have here in Atlanta. Because of this, new homes built with unvented crawl spaces are allowed in the 2009 and 2012 IRC R408.3 (International Residential Code) as long as the exposed earth is covered with a Class 1 vapor retarder that is properly overlapped at the edges, properly taped, and properly sealed to walls.
Along with the vapor barrier, the crawlspace must be mechanically conditioned to control humidity levels. This usually means that a sufficient dehumidifier should be properly installed.
There are many companies in Atlanta that install encapsulation, vapor barriers, dehumidifiers and sump pumps. So why choose us to solve your crawl space problems? Simple – we are foundation experts and we have one goal – solve your problem permanently. Rather than selling pest control or water management systems, we don’t have preconceived ideas about you and your home. Instead, we thoroughly inspect your crawl space and craft custom, patented, and permanent solutions to solve all your crawl space issues.
The cost of Cheryl’s project with us was 1/3 of what she had already paid another crawl space company. And our solutions truly solved the problem permanently.read Cheryl's Case Study
At DriTek Solutions, we solve all crawl space problems. For custom, patented, and permanent solutions from experienced crawl space contractors, call us today – 770-963-9393.
We may not be the biggest crawl space company in Atlanta, but we work hard to be the best. Contact us and let us show you the DriTek Difference. You’ll be glad you did.