Vapor Barrier vs. Crawlspace Encapsulation

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One of the last things you want to see as a homeowner is water in your basement or crawlspace. With the incredible sneaky ability to magically appear, water can enter your home from a myriad of sources. Stopping the water and other moisture from entering your home can be achieved in different ways, so it suits your unique home needs. Today on the blog, waterproofing experts in Murfreesboro at Ameri Care want to discuss the differences between a vapor barrier and a crawlspace encapsulation so that you can decide which is best for your home.

How does water enter my home?

With many entry paths, water can damage your home by rotting wood and lead to mold and mildew growth, potentially causing health concerns. Finding the exact point of entry could be difficult, but below are a few key places where water sources usually appear.

  • Below the Footer – Most homes are built on footers where the wall is attached. If you have a basement, the concrete slab connects with the footer and the wall at the joint. If you have a crawlspace, you have the same setup with the footer and the wall, but the floor is dirt.
  • Where the Footer and Wall Meet – The joint where the footer and wall meet could easily suffice as an opening for water to enter. No matter if you have a concrete slab floor or a dirt floor, water will find its way through an improperly sealed crack or hole.
  • Cracks, Holes, Seams – As water approaches your home, it creates hydrostatic pressure on the outside of your home’s foundation. The consistent water pressure could aid in the development of cracks in the foundation walls or floor allowing water to enter the space.

How do I fix my water problem?

Since water in an enclosed space could be dangerous to the stability of your home’s structure, it is critical to repair the water problem. There are two conventional methods to waterproof your home: vapor barrier or crawlspace encapsulation. Combined with other solutions such as a sump pump and a dehumidifier, your home’s crawlspace could remain dry year-round.

  • Vapor Barrier – Installing a vapor barrier reduces the ground water’s ability to invade your crawlspace. Usually, a vapor barrier is a thin sheet of plastic measuring four to six mil in thickness and spreads across the crawlspace floor. It sounds easy to install, like a DIY project. But, proper installation of a vapor barrier is necessary to achieve full effectiveness.
  • Crawlspace Encapsulation – To ensure the basement or crawlspace is completely dry and no moisture is present, crawlspace encapsulation is the best option. The first step is to have the water source addressed, so no more enters once the encapsulation is complete. Next, any open spaces are sealed, such as holes, cracks, vents, or any other area where air or water can penetrate. Then, a plastic lining measuring between 12 to 20 mil in thickness with polyester-cored reinforcement is mechanically fastened to your home’s walls and columns. Finally, sealing all the seams creates an encapsulated and completely dry basement or crawlspace.

Basement Waterproofing in Nashville and Murfreesboro, TN

Although basement and crawlspace waterproofing sounds like it could be a good weekend project, without the expertise and experience of waterproofing, you could spend a lot of time and money only to have moisture under your Murfreesboro home after the next rainy day. Therefore, to ensure you have proper drainage from your basement or crawlspace and an effective moisture barrier, it is best to leave the work to a professional waterproofing company in Murfreesboro, like Ameri Care. To find out more information or schedule a consultation, feel free to call (615) 893-7111 or contact us online today.