Throughout the Carolinas, houses built over a crawlspace are quite common. The crawlspace certainly has its advantages. It often allows for easy access for the installation, maintenance, and repair of gas lines, electrical lines, HVAC ventilation systems, and plumbing lines. However, the crawlspace can also present disadvantages.
We experience hot, humid weather here in the Carolinas, which can be detrimental to the conditions inside a crawlspace. Traditionally, houses with crawlspaces had to have vents installed within the foundation walls to allow air circulation. However, the vents also provide a point of entry for moisture. Moisture can also enter a crawlspace from the soils below and/or from existing drainage issues around a home. Moisture accumulation threatens structural elements of your home, including beams and piers that weaken due to rot. Excessive moisture often occurs in homes with vented rather than sealed crawlspaces. If excessive moisture is not addressed, it can cause mold, mildew, fungi, musty air, standing water, pest problems, and more. A crawlspace is part of your home's foundation and should be treated with importance like the rest of your home. Homeowners can avoid structural damage and many other issues caused by excessive moisture by having a proper crawlspace encapsulation system installed. The proper encapsulation system will reduce temperatures, limit humidity, improve air quality and prolong the life of your crawlspace and home.
Crawlspace Encapsulation Systems
A proper crawlspace encapsulation system is one of the most efficient and effective ways to control the levels of moisture and humidity inside a crawlspace. Carolina Basement Solutions specializes in the installation of crawlspace encapsulation systems that are tested and proven. We use quality materials that far exceed the industry standard to ensure that each system works properly and stands the test of time. Each masonry pier, foundation wall, opening, and penetration is properly wrapped and sealed. The entire space is covered and sealed using an antibacterial 20 mil Flexi Seal vapor barrier.
Crawlspace Encapsulation Process
Effective crawlspace encapsulation requires paying close attention to every detail. Our process ensures we don't miss anything and that the finished result is precisely what you desire.
- Determine required prep work. We assess the current status of the crawlspace and determine whether there are existing mold or water issues.
- Mitigate existing issues. This includes applying the appropriate grading and sealing to the crawlspace. If there is standing water, we will work with a structural engineer to resolve the problem before the encapsulation process begins.
- Install vapor barrier and seals. We install plastic vapor barriers and seal all floors, vents, and walls to prevent moisture intrusion into the crawlspace.
- Insulate the crawlspace. The final step is to insulate the foundation walls. For insulation, we recommend either spray foam or foam boards.
Contact Carolina Basement Solutions at (877) 895-3518 for more information about our crawlspace encapsulation process.
Benefits of Crawlspace Encapsulation in North Carolina & South Carolina
- Removes unwanted moisture from your home. This helps control humidity and protects your home from mold and mildew. It also improves indoor air quality.
- Prevent structural issues. Crawlspace encapsulation helps protect the wood from rot, metal from rust, and foundations from damage.
- Improves energy efficiency. Encapsulating your crawlspace can reduce energy bills by up to 20%. This helps reduce your overall heating and cooling costs throughout the year.
- Added storage space. When you encapsulate your crawlspace, you effectively increase the amount of dry/sanitary storage space you have within your home. It's a perfect way to store seldom-used items in a safe and protected manner within your home.
- Prolongs the life of heating and cooling equipment. Encapsulating your crawlspace helps reduce the strain on your heating and cooling appliances. This reduces wear and tear and also reduces long-term maintenance and replacement costs.
- Increases the value of your home. Encapsulation is a key selling point that shows prospective buyers you have taken care of the property. It also ensures that their heating costs, cooling costs, HVAC maintenance, etc., will be lower than comparable properties.
- Promotes cleaner air. Encapsulation helps ensure mold, mildew, dust, and other indoor air pollutants don't circulate through your home. With an encapsulated crawlspace, you'll enjoy fresh, clean air every day of the year without having to open the windows.
Contact Carolina Basement Solutions at (877) 895-3518 for more information about our preparation work for all of our crawlspace encapsulation projects.
Areas We Serve in North Carolina & South Carolina Include:
Charlotte region: Ballantyne, Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, Huntersville, Lake Norman, Matthews, Mooresville, Monroe, Rock Hill, Waxhaw, Weddington
Triangle region: Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Sanford, Wake Forest
Triad region: Ashboro, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Thomasville, Winston-Salem
Upstate South Carolina region: Anderson, Clemson, Columbia, Gaffney, Greenville, Greer, Mauldin, Spartanburg
Western North Carolina region: Asheville, Black Mountain, Brevard, Etowah, Fletcher, Hendersonville