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Does your home have a crawl space? One of the three common types of foundations for residential homes, it’s estimated that 16 percent of all American homes have a crawl space, which is defined as an unoccupied, unfinished space usually between the ground and the first floor of a structure. A crawl space usually is narrow, hence its name, as it’s not tall enough for a full-grown person to stand up. If you have a crawl space, you may not realize that it can affect everything from the air quality in your home to your utility bills to even your vulnerability to infestations by pests such as insects and rodents. Having your crawl space encapsulated will solve all of these problems. In this article, Ameri Care Services explains why your home in Nashville needs crawl space encapsulation.
Why do homes have a crawl space?
- Geography – If your home is built on a hillside or other slope, the foundation still has to be level to prevent the dwelling from slipping, sliding, or shifting. In these situations, one common solution is to engineer a foundation with footers and raised beams, with a crawl space running through it. Crawl spaces also are common for homes in areas where flooding is a concern.
- Convenience – Having a crawl space makes it easier for plumbing, wiring, and HVAC systems to be installed, maintained, and repaired. If your home has a concrete slab foundation, these typically have to be installed before the concrete gets poured. A crawl space also can be used to provide additional storage.
The Drawbacks to Crawl Spaces
- Air quality – Are you familiar with the “stack effect”? This phenomenon occurs when water and excess moisture accumulates in your crawl space. When the air is warm, water vapor is drawn up from the moisture in your crawl space and into your home. This elevates humidity and moisture levels in the home, potentially creating an ideal environment for mold growth and the aggravation of dust mites and other allergens.
- Pests – Your crawl space can become an entry point for a host of different intruders: spiders, carpenter ants, fleas, rodents, along with other insects and small animals. This is more likely during the colder weather when these critters seek a warm place to escape the winter chill.
- Utility costs – As air rises through your home above your crawl space, the first floor can become chilly. Heating systems and water heaters exposed to this air in cold weather work harder, expend more energy and raise your utility costs. Likewise, your air conditioner or HVAC system faces a higher workload during warmer weather.
- Property Damage – As the moisture builds in a crawl space, it creates an environment where rot can thrive, as wood becomes exposed to water. Excess moisture and humidity create this situation, potentially causing significant structural damage.
Crawl space encapsulation is your solution
Using a vapor barrier made of industrial-grade, tear-resistant polyethylene, encapsulation covers and seals the entire surface of the crawl space in your Nashville home. Placed across the entire floor of your crawl space, this vapor barrier prevents the accumulation of excess moisture. Once in place, the vapor barrier creates a controlled environment preventing the buildup of humidity and moisture that can damage your home, raise your utility bills, and worsen your air quality.
Encapsulating Crawl Spaces in Nashville
At Ameri Care Services, we can protect your home against moisture, humidity, and pests. We exclusively use the CleanSpace system for encapsulating crawl spaces. This entails placing a liner that is 20 millimeters thick and consists of a blend of seven layers of polyethylene and polyester cord reinforcement. Because of its thickness and the number of layers, you can still use your crawl space for storage with no worries about puncturing or tearing the barrier. And once CleanSpace is in place, you can be sure your crawl space will be free of mold, insects, and even dirt.
To learn more about our crawl space encapsulation or our other services, call Ameri Care Services at (615) 893-7111 to schedule an on-site evaluation. We’re proud to help homeowners just like you in the areas of Nashville and Murfreesboro in Tennessee.