Crawl Space Vapor Barriers
Protects against mold, mildew and rot
The importance of a vapor barrier in your crawl space cannot be overstated. Because we live in such a wet, rainy area of the world, moisture is a serious issue for our homes. A well-installed vapor barrier can drastically diminish moisture build-up in the crawl space area. Vapor barriers can even reduce condensation, leaks, and moisture in the air.
Crawlspace vapor barriers help in a number of ways. A clean, moisture-proof crawlspace will have a positive impact on the preservation and value of your home, the quality of the air you breathe, and the amount of energy you use for heating and cooling.
Increase Home Air Quality:
Approximately 40% of your home air is pulled up from the crawl space. If there is no vapor barrier to prevent excess moisture in the crawl space area, mold and mildew will begin to grow. By installing a vapor barrier, the moisture in the air is reduced, as well as condensation.
Protecting the Subfloor and Structure:
Since the floor of most crawlspaces is dirt or soil, it is susceptible to all kinds of moisture, from normal groundwater to drainage. Without a barrier, this moisture will eventually find its way into the floor of your home, causing problems such as wood rot and warping of the subfloor.
Prevent Unwanted Odors and Allergy Triggers:
Moisture can degrade certain types of insulation that might be exposed beneath the floor. The resulting mold from decaying wood and insulation can be a source of unwanted odors and can also trigger allergies or other respiratory problems.
Deter Insects and Rodents:
Moisture beneath the home will attract insects, which in turn will attract rats, mice, and even snakes. By removing moisture from the area, pests will no longer be able to thrive in your crawl space. Thankfully, the thorough cleaning and seal that will proceed the vapor barrier installation will also help to prevent any pests from being able to make your crawl space their home. If you’ve already got pests in your crawl space, we also offer pest control services.
A professionally installed crawl space vapor barrier will stabilize the temperature and humidity levels beneath the floor. This means that when temperatures drop low in winter, your pipes will be protected from freezing and bursting.
Out of sight and out of mind is not sound practice when dealing with excessive moisture beneath your home. A crawl space vapor barrier will give you confidence, knowing that your home investment is protected. Contact our Clean Crawls team to discuss your vapor barrier options or to get a quote.