Did you know that a moisture barrier can provide several benefits to the health of your home? It’s true! Installing a moisture barrier can help block vapors and moisture in the soil from entering your crawl space. There are several reasons why encapsulating your crawl space could be a perfect solution for you and your home.
When moisture enters your crawl space, it will affect the temperatures inside your home. Often, if there’s moisture, our homes can be either too hot, cold, or dry, depending on the weather and season. These inconsistent temperatures can cause your HVAC unit or furnace to run over time to maintain a steady temperature inside. When a moisture barrier is installed, it will encapsulate and keep moisture out of the crawl space, regulating the overall temperature inside.
Prevention of Mold
Elevated moisture levels in your crawl space will provide the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew can be harmful to you and your family’s health, cause considerable damage to your home and cause a strong odor throughout. A moisture barrier can reduce moisture levels, preventing mold and mildew from forming altogether.
Saves in Energy Bills
When moisture affects the temperature inside the home, your HVAC unit or furnace will run longer to maintain the temperature inside. This can put a strain on your HVAC unit, often causing costly repairs to fix or replace it. When you enclose your crawl space, the moisture barrier can help control the moisture levels, ease your HVAC system, and save you money on energy bills.
If your crawl space is unsealed, it can allow certain pests such as roaches, rats, mice, and more to enter and habitat! Once inside, these creatures can cause significant damage to the structural integrity and health of your home and family. When you enclose your crawl space, it can help to eliminate entry points for pests to enter your home.
If you are interested in encapsulating your crawl space, consider contacting your local pest control company. These professionals will be able to inspect the crawl space and recommend the best plan of action.