Does your home have a crawl space? Did you know that sealing it off, which is also referred to as “encapsulation,” can help save you money and save your home from potential moisture damage? At ESS, our environmental experts have vast experience in sealing the spaces to help homeowners in a variety of ways. Here are just a few ways that crawl space encapsulation could help you.
When you seal off your crawl space, you create a moisture barrier between that space and the rest of your home. Since crawl spaces can be places where water pools or moisture gets into your home, they can also be places where extensive damage starts. Protect your home and keep it around for many years by installing this vapor barrier, which keeps moisture away from your foundation and protects the mechanical systems and materials in the crawl space.
Crawl space sealing helps to passively lower your energy costs. It means you’re no longer paying so much to heat or cool your home, because less air is escaping out of the crawl space. When the hot or cold air can’t escape your home as easily, you don’t have to pump as much into your house. This can lower your energy usage (and, therefore, your costs) by as much as 15% per year.
Crawl space encapsulation reduces the moisture inside your crawl space, which drastically reduces the number of pests who are drawn to it. This means that fewer rodents, snakes, insects, and more will make their way into your crawl space and, possibly, into your home. This is a relief for almost any homeowner!
Did you know that moisture in your crawl space can damage floors throughout the main level of your home? Even floors that aren’t directly over the crawl space can, eventually, be damaged by moisture from that space. Sealing off the crawl space not only keeps them from direct moisture damage, but it also keeps the moisture levels equal all year round, which is the best possible environment for your floors, no matter what kind you have.
All of these benefits of crawl space sealing mean that our home could be worth more to potential buyers. They will know that the home they are purchasing has been protected from the elements in every way possible. Inspectors also love sealed crawl spaces, because it makes their job that much easier. Whether you are looking to sell soon or you want to invest in your home’s value over the long run, sealing your crawl space can make your home that much more appealing to potential buyers.
If you’re interested in more information about crawl space encapsulation or you’re ready to work on yours now, call ESS today. We will send out a qualified expert to assess your crawl space and let you know what needs to be done to protect your home from moisture, save money on energy, and raise the value of your house.