If large patches of mold grow on or below your flooring, your crawl space could be the reason why. Although crawl spaces allow you to store or run duct work, plumbing lines, and other essential fixtures, the spaces can become damp during the year. Unless you encapsulate your crawl space, moisture can soak into your foundation and cause mold to grow in your home. Learn why you need to encapsulate your crawl space today.
Is It Really Necessary to Encapsulate Your Crawl Space?
A crawl space is one of the most neglected areas of a home. Because the space is out of sight and out of mind, it's easy to forget that you even have a crawl space beneath your home. However, your crawl space can become a huge problem for you if it becomes a haven for moisture. Moisture is one of the things mold needs most to survive.
Although mold doesn't grow well in direct sunlight or well-ventilated places, it can thrive in damp, dark environments like your crawl space. Water can leak into your crawl space when it rains or when you water your lawn. All of this water can make your crawl space feel damp and humid.
It doesn't take long for moisture to affect the organic materials in and around your crawl space. Moisture can penetrate the wooden material of your floor joists, or it can leach into the concrete structures supporting your home. Mold spores floating in the air can land on the moist material and grow.
Encapsulating your crawl space is one of the most effective ways to slow down the growth of mold.
How Do You Encapsulate Your Crawl Space Properly?
You may confuse ventilation with encapsulation, but they aren't the same things. Ventilation simply airs out a room so that fresh air enters and stale air leaves. Although ventilation can help make the air inside your crawl space fresh, it may not keep the humidity levels low enough to prevent mold growth. Encapsulation not only reduces the space's humidity levels, it keeps it dry.
Encapsulating your crawl space will generally include covering the soil, joists, ducts, and other surfaces with a protective barrier. The barrier prevents moisture from the air and soil from evaporating into the room. In addition, encapsulation also insulates and seals the space. If your crawl space becomes too cold or too hot, it can cause problems with your home's heating and cooling abilities.
When you're ready to encapsulate your crawl space, contact a contractor who specializes in it. A contractor can investigate the conditions of your crawl space and use the best materials and methods to encapsulate it.
For more information on crawl space encapsulation and how it works, contact a contractor today.