Does someone in your home suffer from allergies? Before you purchase a new air filter, upgrade your vacuum cleaner, and keep your windows closed, you might want to think about crawl space encapsulation. Learn what this process is and how it can improve conditions for the allergy sufferers in your home.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
In a property without encapsulation, there is little separation from the crawl space and the rest of your home. Crawl space encapsulation is a process in which materials are used to create a separation between the crawl space and the living spaces in your home.
To achieve this separation, an installer will apply a vapor barrier on all the surfaces around the crawlspace. Since there are different types of vapor barriers, the installer will determine which barrier type is best for your home based on the climate, the materials used in your crawl space, and other factors.
Here are some of the benefits crawl space encapsulation can afford you in terms of your allergies and quality of air.
Moisture is a precursor to mold. Whether you suffer from mild or severe allergies, mold is a common irritant. When the crawl space is not properly prepared, mold can form as a result of the extra moisture in the area. The problem is that mold growth in the area can create air quality issues for the living spaces in your home, particularly those areas close to the crawl space.
A crawl space encapsulation works to keep excess moisture outside of your crawl space, which can prevent mold. Additionally, the reduced level of moisture in the crawl space can also help keep your home less humid, which can improve your comfort level.
Pests are a threat for most homeowners, but there are measures you can take to keep them out. Whether you realize it or not, pests often migrate to crawl space areas because of the shelter they provide. A single pest in your crawl space can lead to an infestation.
As the rodents leave waste behind, their waste can alter the air quality in the crawl space, as well as any areas that adjourn with the area. A crawl space encapsulation creates a barrier that will keep pests out and keep the air inside your home cleaner.
Make sure you don't create an uncomfortable situation for the allergy sufferers in your home. Contact a crawl space encapsulation professional who can assist you with the installation process.