Crawl space Encapsulation is a relatively new technology used to reduce excessive humidity, prevent mold growth, and eliminate unhealthy conditions in crawl spaces. The process completely isolates the crawl space from the ground and outside air by lining the foundation walls and crawlspace floor with a extra-heavy reinforced vapor barrier and installing either a dehumidifier or a conditioning system. The goal is to completely eliminate outside air and ground moisture from entering the building envelope. The crawlspace is no longer neglected, and instead is treated as a part of the home like a basement.
Crawlspace Encapsulation Protects Your Home From:
- Crawl Space Mold & Mildew
- Bugs, Critters, & Rodents
- Crawl Space Structural Damage
- CrawlSpace Odor
- Higher Energy Costs
- Poor Indoor Air Quality
- Cold Floors
Our AmeriBrite Encapsulation System completely separates your home from the moisture in the earth which dramatically reduces the humidity levels in the air. When the liner is combined with sealing off outside air penetration and conditioning or dehumidification, mold growth and wood rot are eliminated from your crawlspace making the whole house healthier.
The crawlspace vents dry the crawlspace, right?
No, actually sealing the crawlspace vents is one of the most important aspects of a crawlspace encapsulation system. Crawlspace Ventilation is an outdated process that says air will enter one side of the crawlspace and blow out the other side. In modern construction, we know that is not how the air flows in a home, instead the air moves in a home like a chimney. Air from lower levels (crawlspace) enters through vents and openings, and rises into the upper levels of the home. This “rising” air brings with it everything from the crawlspace including high humidity, mold spores, and musty odors.
Crawlspace Vents are one of the main sources of poor indoor air quality in the living space of your home. Would it surprise you to know that nearly 40% of the air in your first floor living area comes from the crawl space!
I can’t afford that fancy white plastic in my crawlspace!
Actually, you can’t afford not to! What most homeowners do not realize is that they are paying for the cost of an encapsulation system whether they have it installed or not. A vented dirt crawlspace can cost you thousands of dollars in damage over the length of your stay at the home. We have compiled the 10 Top Reasons to Encapsulate your crawlspace as a resource to see why you will SAVE MONEY NOW by installing our AmeriBrite Encapsulation System.