July 25, 2012

Crawl Space Encapsulation - Part 1

cleanspace vapor barrier encapsulates crawlspacesThere's been a lot of buzz lately about crawl space encapsulation. From companies touting the benefits, to pest control firms crying out against encapsulation. But who's right? 

Here are the facts about crawl space encapsulation. What it involves, how it works and why people are choosing to encapsulate their crawl space.


What's Involved in Crawl Space Encapsulation? In the simplest terms, encapsulation is the process of completely sealing your crawl space from any outside elements.

That's great, but what's it really mean? Well, encapsulating your crawl space typically involves three things: 
  1. Installing a thick vapor barrier, like CleanSpace, over the floor and up the crawl space foundation walls. It's important that when the vapor barrier is installed that a 3-inch inspection gap be left for pest control companies to look for termite damage. 
  2. Once the vapor barrier is installed the vents and door need to be sealed. This prevents outside air from entering your crawl space. This will be explained in the next section, How Crawl Space Encapsulation Works.
  3. Once everything is sealed, a dehumidifier is installed to condition the crawl space air.
Check back in on Friday, August 3rd for part two which covers how crawl space encapsulation works.

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