Crawlspace Encapsulation Services
Many crawlspaces are humid, damp and musty and can be filled with mold and pests. These traditionally vented crawlspaces create unhealthy and dirty air that can contain mold spores, dust mites, particulate fiberglass insulation and other allergens. The air can rise through your home and mix with the air inside your home through hidden air leaks that exist in the walls, floors and ducts of your home. These air infiltration points are the results of unsealed plumbing, electrical and HVA penetrations in the framing. Humid outside air can seep into your crawlspace through your foundation wall. The air condenses on cold surfaces like air conditioning ducts and equipment, plumbing, floor joists and insulation. The wet wood will eventually rot, and will attract termites and other wood destroying organisms.
If have an unsealed crawlspace and your HVAC equipment is store there, it is dealing with the unconditioned outside air. This makes the system work harder to overcome the hot temperatures that surround the ductwork and furnace/air handler. Old vapor barriers can become ineffective because they are bunched or folded. They may have been punctured or the seams may be poorly sealed or untaped, which means that your crawlspace floor is not complete covered. Replacing old vapor barriers or encapsulating your crawlspace can keep your home in good repair and keep your family safe from the complications of unclean air.
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Are you noticing any of the following in your home or crawlspace?
- Unpleasant musty odors in your home.
- Issues with airborne allergies, exacerbated asthma, other respiratory conditions
- Fiberglass batting that is handing or falling down from the joist cavities onto the crawlspace floor. The insulation may be dripping with water or it may have a blackish discoloration.
- Condensation on the water pipes, framing members, insulation, or ductwork in your crawlspace
- Crickets, mosquitoes or pother pest infestations or activity in your crawlspace.
- Wood destroying organism or termite damage.
- The vapor barrier does not cover all the crawlspace floor.
- Standing water in your crawlspace or on top of the vapor barrier
- Condensation or sweating on the HVAC ductwork and trunk lines
- Wood rot in the floor joists, sub floor, mu-sill or any other framing members
- Buckled or curled hardwood floors
- Mildew, mold or other fungi in your crawlspace or living space (Fuzzy black, white or greenish grown or spotty black discoloration on the floor joists or other framing members.
- High humidity in the crawlspace, in your living space
- Water stains on the old vapor barrier
To fully ensure the indoor air quality, structural durability, optimal comfort of your home and energy efficiency, your crawlspace must be dry, sealed and conditioned. Crawlspaces should not be vented to the exterior. In the past exterior ventilation was the preferred method, but research and practice showed that it was inefficient and actually harmful to homes. A fully encapsulated crawlspace is the best solution for all the issues. A Full Crawlspace Encapsulation is accepted by the Building Performance Industry as the most cost-efficient and effective investment for moisture and humidity control, mildew, mold and fungi prevention, interior comfort problems and indoor air quality, energy efficiency and pest exclusion.
These guys did a great job incapsulating my crawl space. They were timely, efficient and affordable. When there was a small problem, they came out first thing the next morning. You can tell they follow a high standard of business. Thanks
Crawlspace Encapsulation Experts
With over 45 years of combined experiences the Home Services Team at EcoTek can turn your unhealthy, damp, and dirty crawlspace into a clean durable sealed and conditioned space. Crawlspace encapsulation includes these services:
- Installation of durable 12 mill or greater reinforced polyethylene vapor barrier on the crawlspace floor, support piers and foundation walls. This is similar to a pool line.
- Removal of the fiberglass batt insulation in the floor system to help remove particulate fiberglass matter completely from your home.
- Installation of R10 Rigid Foam Board Insulation on the foundation walls with a full seal of all meetup joints, which will insulate the entire crawlspace from the outside atmosphere
- Installation of a fully sealed insulated crawlspace access door
- Sealing and blocking of all crawlspace vents
- Provide conditioned air to the crawlspace by installing small vents in the HVAC supply trunk
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