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What Is A Crawl Space?

A crawlspace is a shallow area located between the ground and the first floor of a home. It is usually only about one to three feet high, hence the term “crawlspace.” It often contains the “guts” of the house, such as plumbing, wiring, HVAC equipment, and ductwork. This allows for easy access to a home’s plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems when repairs and upgrades are needed.

Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation Lexington, KY

The crawlspace is one of the most often neglected parts of homes in Kentucky, but just a few simple upgrades in that area can greatly enhance your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.

  • Moisture control for decreased likelihood of mold growth

  • More stable temperatures in your home

  • Cleaner and healthier indoor air

  • Greater home energy efficiency

  • Lower energy bills

  • Better structural integrity


Signs That You Have a Crawlspace Problem:

In The Living Area of Home

  • High heating and cooling costs

  • Cold floors

  • Condensation and rot around floor registers

  • High humidity

  • Buckled hardwood floors

  • Musty odors

Inside Your Crawlspace

  • Mold or moisture damage

  • Condensation or “sweating” on air conditioning ductwork or equipment

  • Condensation on pipes

  • Soggy insulation

  • Hanging or fallen insulation

  • Insect/pest infestations

  • Rotted wooden framing

  • Water on the dirt or concrete floor

Man checking crawl space under a house

Encapsulating your crawlspace gives you greater control over your home’s comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. Benefits of crawlspace encapsulation include:

Even if your crawlspace has a cement floor, water vapor and contaminants such as radon can enter from the ground. This can result in all kinds of moisture and indoor air quality issues in your crawlspace and home. Crawlspace encapsulation keeps your crawlspace clean and dry with the installation of a heavy-duty vapor barrier along the floor and walls. The vapor barrier is sealed at all seams for maximum moisture control.

In addition to the vapor barrier, other improvements can further regulate moisture levels and air quality in the crawlspace. Installing spray foam insulation will boost your home’s energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality. While installing a dehumidifier, for example, will help draw moisture out of the crawlspace and further increase healthy indoor air quality while also preventing structural damage due to mold growth.

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