Traditional dirt crawl spaces are full of moisture that enters via evaporation and diffusion through the soil and sidewalls. An important part of a crawl space moisture control strategy is the installation of a vapor barrier and encapsulation. A vapor barrier provides the crawl space with a moisture and soil gas protection layer that decreases the amount of moisture and radon present in the crawl space. Crawlspace encapsulation Atlanta is the process of isolating the crawlspace from the ground and outside air with vapor barriers, vent sealing and the conditioning of the air in the crawl space.
Crawl space encapsulation is a relatively new technology used to treat chronic humidity, mold and unhealthy conditions in crawl spaces. The process completely isolates the crawl space from the ground and outside air by lining the structure with a high-performance vapor barrier, specifically designed for this purpose and installing either a dehumidifier or a crawl space conditioning system.
The objective is to include the crawl space area as a part of the internal envelope of the building. Many homes built on crawl space foundations in the United States suffer from poor moisture management. The current trend of striving for a healthy home is damaged by crawl space moisture. Some of the common symptoms of a crawl space moisture problem are:
• Mold or moisture damage in the crawl space
• Musty odors in the living area
• Condensation on air conditioning ductwork or equipment
• Condensation on insulation, water pipes
• Buckled hardwood floors
• High humidity in the living area
• Insect infestations
• Rot in wooden framing
These symptoms are most often noticed in the humid spring and summer seasons but can occur at any time of the year. Often, the heating and air conditioning contractor is the first person the residents call to deal with the problem. Typically though, the problem is not due to a failure of the air conditioning system; it results from poor moisture control in the crawl space and can be solved by waterproofing contractors.
The best vapor barriers have excellent physical characteristics, including high puncture resistance, high tensile strength and low water permeability. They will prevent ground moisture from entering the crawl space when installed on the walls and across the soil, greatly reducing the negative effects of a moisture laden crawlspace.
Contact us today to make your crawl space drier and improve your indoor air quality.
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