One of the most effective methods of crawl space waterproofing is encapsulation. This technique refers to lining or covering the entire crawl space with a barrier, which is often made of polyethylene. The barrier typically covers the floor and walls of the crawl space, and in most cases, the ceiling is sealed as well. When all surfaces are sealed with the barrier, you will be more protected against water damage or moisture that might seep in. Here are some benefits of crawl space encapsulation that you should know about:
Better Air Quality
After your crawl space has been encapsulated, water and humidity can no longer access your crawl space. Because of this, your indoor air quality will be healthier. When humidity and dampness levels are high inside your home, mold and mildew growth is more likely to occur, and you also may notice unpleasant or musty odors.
Mold and mildew spores can get into your air from your crawl space, and if you or your family members inhale the spores, you might get sick. Inhalation of mold and mildew is especially harmful to people with allergies, emphysema, asthma, heart disease, and chronic bronchitis.
It can also cause skin rashes, itching, eye irritation, and coughing. Your family will no longer be subject to breathing in musty smells after your crawl space has been waterproofed with the encapsulation method.
In sensitive individuals, unpleasant smells can trigger wheezing, migraines, and gastrointestinal problems. While waiting for the waterproofing technician to inspect your crawl space, place a few pieces of charcoal in coffee cans in the corners of your crawl space. The charcoal will help absorb musty odors so that your home smells better.
Prevents Pest Infestation
A waterlogged or damp crawl space attracts rodents and insects. Not only are pest infestations unpleasant, but they can also put your family in danger of getting sick or injured. Also, if you do not discover a rodent infestation in your crawl space and take steps to remove them, they may expire in a far corner or hidden area of your crawl space.
Over time, the carcasses will decompose, and the contaminated air from the decomposed rodents will infiltrate your home. Rodents also carry diseases, and while rats and mice rarely carry the rabies virus, some can become infected with rabies and transmit it to humans through a bite.
Encapsulating your crawl space will prevent seepage and flooding so that your crawl space will no longer be an exciting attraction to rodents and insects. You may also be at risk for a termite infestation if your crawl space is not waterproofed.
Termites are attracted to water, and once they get into your crawlspace or basement, they can cause thousands of dollars in damage. While termites are unable to damage concrete structures such as those in your crawl space or foundation, they can damage any wood products or structures that are nearby.
Toxic pesticides can help get rid of rodents, insects, and termites inside your crawl space, but many of them are highly toxic and can contaminate the air in your home. Noxious pesticides are especially dangerous for children, elderly people, those with preexisting health problems, and pets.
If you get water in your crawl space after a storm or when snow or ice melts, consider having it waterproofed with the encapsulation method. Doing so will help keep you and your family healthier and will help prevent structural damage caused by excess water, dampness, and termites. It is important to note that if you see large amounts of black mold growing inside your crawl space or if you hear or see evidence of a pest infestation, stay with family or friends or move to a hotel until the area can be cleaned and waterproofed.Share