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There are two types of crawl spaces: vented and sealed (encapsulated).

bad crawl space vent

Vented crawl spaces seem to cause more harm than good when it comes to homes and their residents. A vented crawl space used to be required in older homes, but recent research has shown that vented crawl spaces create problems like moisture, mold, decay, and regulating your home’s temperature. If it’s hard to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, you might want to take a look at your crawl space!

You would think that fresh air ventilating the space during nice weather would help, but this is not the case. So, now there are ways to insulate and encapsulate the crawl space to keep dirt, moisture, and unwanted air out!

groundworks crew member encapsulating crawl space

Sealed crawl spaces usually start with the installation of insulation on the walls which helps seal the space from outside fluctuating temperatures. The cooling and the heating of the space above it becomes much easier. We use what is called ExTremeBloc™ rigid foam against the walls of the crawl space and TerraMatting foam insulation on the floor. Both of these products offer high R-value, stability, and durability. Moisture will not be absorbed, mold will not grow, and these products do not deteriorate over time.

After these two products are installed, then the encapsulation process begins. We use CrawlSeal™, a 20 mil vapor barrier, designed to prevent condensation from forming that would otherwise cause mold and decay. With an insulated and encapsulated crawl space, dirt, mold, and odors are gone, your energy bill is reduced, and your health and your home’s health is safe

Looking to get started on your home’s crawl space? Contact our team today!

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