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Crawl Space Encapsulation
Eco-Pro Construction LLC provides professional service for Maryland homeowners in need of crawl space encapsulation systems. No problem is too big or too small for our experienced team. Crawl spaces, although out of plain sight, play an important role in the health of a home. Their primary purpose is to promote air circulation throughout the home and to allow easy access to plumbing, electrical and other such maintenance, repair and installation needs. Crawl spaces offer an expedient and efficient way to access pipes, substructures and a variety of other areas that may be difficult or expensive to reach otherwise. Older homes, in areas where basements are rare, have high foundations with crawl spaces that allow cooling air to circulate throughout the home.
Eco-Pro Construction LLC has the products and experience that you need to find the best solution. If you are unsure whether your crawl space could benefit from encapsulation, give us a call today. We offer complimentary inspections to determine the condition of the crawl space and make recommendations for the action needed to rectify any issues. Along with the inspection, Eco-Pro Construction LLC offers a no hassle, no obligation estimate for the work needed to update, seal and protect your crawl space.
What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Crawl space encapsulation (sealing) is the treatment that turns a damp, dirty, moldy crawl space into a clean, dry space where mold cannot grow. In other words, encapsulation refers to sealing up your crawl space and keeping the moisture outside. Having an encapsulated crawl space comes with many benefits including:
- Better air quality
- Reduced risk of needing floor repairs
- Greater energy efficiency (heating & cooling)
- Avoid fungi/mold issues and structural damage
- Enhanced home value
- & More!
Who Should Consider Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Crawl space encapsulation provides many benefits to homeowners as described above. Additionally, there are several indicators of a crawl space issue which would require encapsulation including:
- Drywall cracks in the interior of the home
- Uneven, soft or separating floors
- Foul odors (mildew/must) in the home
- Heightened allergies or asthma symptoms
- Signs of mold
- High cooling costs
- Wet insulation
- Sweating windows
- Insect problems
A home is a system, and every part of that system plays a role that affects the rest of the structure. Since up to 50% of household air can flow up from your crawl space, it is crucial to keep this area clean, dry and protected from moisture in order to prevent unwanted allergens such as mold from entering the home. If a home’s crawl space begins to rot, grow mold, or experience structural problems, this will extend to every part of the home. Addressing crawl space issues early can help homeowners avoid costly repairs, create a cleaner, healthier living space, and save money on their utility bills.
How Does Encapsulation Work?
Our process of crawl space encapsulation includes completely sealing your entire crawl space from the outside environment. We apply a heavy-duty polyethylene barrier which will completely cover your crawl space – usually the floors, foundation walls, and sometimes even ceiling. Sealing tape is used to connect the barrier pieces throughout the entire area. Once the vapor barrier liner is sealed to the foundation wall, we begin one of the last steps to the encapsulation process, applying a Natural-Therm 2.0 closed cell foam to all exterior foundation walls. This foam will be applied at a minimum of 2” inch thickness which ensures the crawl space is completely sealed. Even the rim joist area will be sprayed with foam to seal potential air leaks. Never again will you need to worry about this area flooding, growing mold, or letting in unwanted pests! A crawl space which has been encapsulated with a vapor barrier, can also create additional valuable storage space in a home.
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