There are four basic steps to encapsulating your crawl space which is the recommended solution for controlling most crawl space environments. Crawl space encapsulation includes:
A crawl space inspection. We look for standing water, mold, and pest issues. We'll also see if any old insulation has to be removed.
Air sealing and insulation. We sealing vents, gaps, and holes and add spray foam insulation.
Crawl space vapor barrier installation.
Dehumidifier installation to keep moisture levels under control.
The Key Final Step in Crawl Space Repair
The first three steps of crawl space encapsulation are crucial to creating a dry, mold- and pest-free environment, and none of them will do the job alone. However, to ensure your crawl space doesn’t experience excess humidity and condensation throughout the year, installing a crawl space dehumidifier is a must.
Why is a Crawl Space Dehumidifier Important?
All the cracks and holes are sealed and there’s a vapor barrier covering your crawl space floor and walls. But without a dehumidifier, you still won’t have complete control of the air in your crawl space. With ductwork and plumbing carrying hot or cool air through your crawl space, there is still the opportunity for differing temperatures to cause condensation. That’s why the final step of installing a crawl space dehumidifier is essential.
Your crawl space is included in your thermal envelope when it’s encapsulated and can easily affect the quality of the air you breathe. This is why you want the air in your crawl space to be safe and healthy, without high levels of humidity which can have an effect on indoor air quality, as well as leading to mold, rot, and other structural damage.
Crawl Space Dehumidifier Installation
Total Home Performance installs dehumidifiers specifically made for your crawl space on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. These low-maintenance dehumidifiers are capable of producing 50–155 pints of water when necessary to aid in maintaining optimum humidity levels, from 50%–55%, all year. With a dehumidifier installed in your crawl space, you’ll be protected from excess humidity and associated issues from creeping up into your home.