A crawlspace is an area just beneath your home that rests on the ground and provides a buffer between your dwelling and your home’s foundation. It is one of those places that people often don’t go or notice if there is a problem. It is always a space where mold and mildew are most common. Signs of a moisture problem can go undetected if you don’t know what to look for, but they must be addressed. These are signs that your home can benefit from crawlspace encapsulation now!
What is the Perfect Humidity for Your Crawlspace and Why is it Important?
Humidity is the amount of moisture there is in the air, but it is a measure of the “relative” humidity, which means that it is relative to both internal and external temperatures. Humidity and moisture tend to be a bigger problem in South Carolina due to proximity to the ocean and overall climate. The ideal range of humidity for your crawlspace is about 55 to 75%. The reason that the range for humidity is so critical is that it can lead to mold, mildew, or super dry air, all of which can lead to unhealthy living conditions.
How Can Crawlspace Encapsulation Help?
The crawlspace is one of the most common places in your home to experience moisture and humidity issues, and those are some of the most common threats to your home’s structural integrity. Mold and mildew not only lead to mold spores being circulated into your indoor air, but over time, they will eat away at the foundation of your home and can potentially lead to structural issues that are not only difficult to tackle; they are expensive! Encapsulating your crawlspace will lock out moisture and help regulate humidity to eliminate mold growth.
What is Crawlspace Encapsulation?
Crawlspace encapsulation is a process where the crawlspace is completely cut off from the outside environment of your home. First, you have to address any current water issues that you are experiencing by removing water and taking measures like adding a sump pump or French drain to keep your crawlspace dry. Once measures are taken to eliminate further water, a heavy vapor barrier is installed to make sure that all crawlspace vents are sealed to control humidity and water.
Is Crawlspace Encapsulation a Must?
Many homeowners ask us if crawlspace encapsulation is a must. Our answer is that if you are having moisture issues, then yes, crawlspace encapsulation is a must to keep your foundation safe from soil erosion and your home free from mold, mildew, and the problems that can come with high humidity levels. The only way to know for sure, however, is to have a crawlspace encapsulation specialist evaluate your home to see what your potential problems are and how to best address them!
The crawlspace is where your foundation rests on the ground, which is why it is the most common place to experience mold and mildew issues. At Precision Pest & Home Services, we provide crawlspace encapsulation along with other crawlspace treatment procedures to keep your foundation and family safe for the long term. Contact us today to get started!
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