When a homeowner is neglectful of the needs of their crawl space, it can put them at risk of encountering unnecessary damage to their home. Encapsulating the crawl space is a basic step in preventing many of the problems that this part of the home might encounter.
What Would Be The Reason For Encapsulating Your Crawl Space?
There are many different types of damage that can occur to a crawl space, but moisture is often the most prominent issue that it can face. Moisture can enter these areas through a number of different avenues. For example, a leak may be one of the causes that homeowners focus on the most, but it can also be due to moisture from the ground entering this area. Also, condensation from moist air can contribute to water damage occurring the crawl space. Encapsulation will prevent moisture from being able to enter into these areas. This can be done through the installation of moisture barriers, dehumidifying systems and other upgrades.
Will Crawl Space Encapsulation Require Any Excavation Work?
In most instances, encapsulating a crawl space should not require any significant excavation work to complete this project. This is due to the fact that encapsulation is designed to block moisture from entering the existing crawl space rather than modifying this part of the structure. There can be some instance where a crawl space may need to be made slightly larger to account for the waterproofing upgrades, but this is usually fairly rare as these upgrades require little space. A professional will be able to explain the exact steps needed to encapsulate your crawl space once they have performed a visual inspection of the crawl spaces location, design and construction.
Do Crawl Space Dehumidifiers Require Any Type Of Maintenance?
Some homes will require the installation of a dehumidifying system in order to remove all of the moist air that enters into the crawl space. This is most often needed in humid or otherwise moist environments. While room dehumidifying systems will need fairly frequent maintenance, such as emptying their moisture collection bin, crawl space dehumidifying systems are designed to need as little maintenance and care as possible. In fact, homeowners will usually find that they can go for weeks or months without needing to check on the dehumidifying system. However, if your encapsulation utilizes a dehumidifying system, it will need to be serviced once a year to account for the routine wear that it is likely to experience.