Encapsulating your crawl space is a great way to help prevent mold and mildew growth in your home, improve your heating and cooling system's efficiency, and prevent pest invasions. However, there are a few things you'll want to do before you begin this project:
Hire A Mold Remediator
If you've had problems with standing water in the crawl space, or if you suspect that you have mold and mildew growth in the crawl space, you'll want to have this taken care of first. Encapsulating the crawl space when there is mold already present won't help stop the spread of the mold, and it can make the mold harder to get to when you do remove it. A mold remediator can help you to tackle this problem, and some mold remediation companies even offer encapsulation services.
Inspect For Pests
Crawl spaces can make quiet, attractive homes for all types of pests, from termites to raccoons. Before embarking on an encapsulation process, be sure that you don't need to bring in a pest control expert to handle the issue. This is particularly important if you will be performing the crawl space work yourself, as you don't want to become injured by a frightened animal.
Reroute HVAC Components
Check the crawl space to ensure there are no HVAC components that have been run through the crawl space. Condensate lines and other components that have been installed in the crawl space will need to be re-routed before sealing or encapsulating the space. Without doing this, you'll end up with moisture buildup that could render the vapor barrier ineffective. You'll also want to make sure that exhaust fans for your heating and cooling system aren't sending carbon monoxide gas into the crawl space, as encapsulating the area with this gas being emitted can cause it to come into your main living space.
Clean Out The Area
Your crawl space may be used for storage, such as for bicycles or gardening equipment. Be sure to do a thorough cleaning and remove any items from the crawl space first. You may also want to wipe down wood joists and other support structures to ensure they are clean before you begin installing a vapor barrier. If your crawl space is filled with rocks or debris, use a rake to clear the dirt floor first. Once the area is cleaned, you can begin the encapsulation process.
If you aren't sure about how to prepare your crawl space for encapsulation, consider hiring a contractor with experience. Once the task is completed, you can help to improve your home's heating and cooling efficiency and help to keep pests away from your home.
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