May 18, 2012

What's Crawlspace Encapsulation?

You may have heard all of the buzz about crawl space encapsulation. And may be wondering what it is and if it works. Let's start with defining crawl space encapsulation.

Crawl space encapsulation is the process of sealing your crawl space from outside elements. This involves installing a thick vapor barrier - like CleanSpace - over the floors and wall, sealing off any loose or open vents and installing an airtight crawl space door or access well, like the Turtl.

Encapsulating your crawl space will improve indoor air quality - which can have health benefits - and can even lower your energy bill.

Did you know that the air in your crawl space is circulated through your home? This air movement is called the Stack Effect. Simply put, as the air in your crawl space warms up, it rises into the living areas of your home taking any humidity and other airborne particles with it. That air then rises to the top of your home and exits through the attic or chimney, which creates suction, and pulls up even more air from the crawl space. 

If you have an unsealed crawl space then you're inviting pests into your crawl space in addition to creating the ideal environment for mold and humidity. Any thing that is light enough to travel with the rising air, like mold spores or rodent fecal matter - is carried up through your home. So you end up breathing whatever is in your crawl space. 

Additionally, any crawl space humidity is also pulled up into your home and can increase your electric bills by as much as 15%. Encapsulating your crawl space will deter unwanted pests from entering your home. Reduce your energy costs, improve the air quality in your home by removing the moisture source which also severely limits mold growth. And once sealed you can even use your crawl space for storage! 

As an added benefit, when you chose JES to encapsulate your crawl space, we'll warranty the liner for 25 years!

Want to learn more? Give JES a call at 866-370-4816 and ask for your free crawl space inspection or go to 

1 comment:

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