The crawl space under your home is often an area where pests love to live. This area is often home to termites, snakes, rodents, and other creepy crawling creatures. One way to make this are less pest-friendly is by using crawl space encapsulation.
What Is The Crawl Space?
The space between the ground and the home's raised foundation is the crawl space. This area has its benefits for the homeowner. This space allows easy access to work on plumbing or wiring for the home when needed.
This space also has uncovered soil that stays damp. This open area is often home to pests looking for a place to live unnoticed, out of the elements, and close to the trash and other food sources.
What Is Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Crawl space encapsulation means covering the area with a layer of heavy-duty polyethylene, from the floor to the walls and ceiling of the area. When moisture gets into the area it can cause cracks in the foundation, decayed wood, and interior wall cracks.
This is beneficial in a number of ways:
Pest Control: This barrier detours pests making it more difficult for them to enter the area and making is less hospitable for them.
Mold Control: This barrier help reduce moisture, inhibit mold growth, and improve air quality in the home.
Energy Savings: Adding this barrier to the crawl space can save you money on heating and cooling costs.
Another plus! Improving the craw space area does add to the home value.
Is Crawl Space Encapsulation Difficult?
The difficulty and time required to encapsulate the crawl space depend on the condition of the area. If there are leaky pipes, mold growth, foundation cracks, standing water, or other issues, address these first to ensure success with encapsulation.
Additional features like a sump pump or dehumidifier can assist with issues and make sure the area is ready for encapsulation.
Is It Expensive?
According to Home Advisor, the cost can vary and ranges between 1,500 and 15,00 dollars. The condition of the crawls space, the materials needed, and the company performing the service all factor into the total costs.
You can call and check prices with different pest control companies who offer the service to find the best option for your budget.
Encapsulating the crawl space is an investment, but it can pay for itself in the long run by preventing damage, mold, and those annoying pests from destroying your home and peace of mind.
For more information about crawl space encapsulation, reach out to a local company.Share