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Crawl Space Encapsulation Sault Ste. Marie

Crawl space encapsulation is the installation of a heavy-duty polyethylene barrier that covers the crawl space's floors, foundation walls, and sometimes even its ceiling. An encapsulating barrier is similar to the lining in your swimming pool that keeps leaks at bay. The barrier works best when it entirely covers your home's crawl space. Sealing tape is used to connect the barrier's sections throughout the space, and once sealed, a dehumidifier helps regulate the moisture level in your crawl space.

Crawl space waterproofing provides many benefits for the home owner including raises the value of your property, improves indoor air quality, and helps you prevent severe issues such as structural damage or insect infestation. Sault Waterproofing is dedicated to resolving your crawl space issues in a fast and professional manner. And, as a result of our attention to detail, you'll have a positive contractor experience throughout the crawl space encapsulation process.

If you are having troubles with your crawl space, you've come to the right place. At Sault Waterproofing, we provide crawl space repair, encapsulation, sealing, and vapour barrier installation, plus some more services. Whatever your issue is, we have the products and expertise needed to solve it.

When you need your crawl space waterproofed, don't hesitate. The longer you put it off, the more extensive and expensive it will become. Sault Waterproofing has the experience and products to get your crawl space waterproofing done quickly, efficiently, and affordably. We'll work along side you to find the best solution for your problem, and we'll provide a quote for our services. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation

Waterproofing your crawl space is beneficial for many different reasons:

Improves Air Quality

Crawl space encapsulation encourages clean air to circulate throughout your home, which makes it a healthier space for your friends and family to be in. Moisture thrives in unprotected crawl areas. Humid air can no longer be pumped around your home once the moisture is gone.

Insect Infestations are Eliminated

Insects, especially termites, need moisture to live. Crawl space encapsulation eliminates the possibility of pests to survive. By addressing your crawl space needs with expert encapsulation, you can avoid the threat of insect infestation, major damage, and the hassle pests cause.

Prevents Mold and Mildew

When moisture is removed from beneath your property, unwanted moisture problems are resolved. Furthermore, no musty, moist smells will enter into your home from your heating and cooling device.

Increases Energy Efficency

If your heating and cooling equipment isn't constantly fighting away damp air caused by a moist crawl space, it will use less energy. This ultimately lowers your monthly electricity expenses. Crawl space encapsulation end up paying for itself in the long run, owing to the greater energy efficiency it provides your home.

Prevents Structural Damage

Preventing moisture build up in your crawl space is critical for the long-term durability of your foundation. When you keep moisture out of your crawl space, you stop it from seeping into the ground that surrounds your home's foundation. Gutters can help direct water away from your foundation, but a moist crawl space beneath your home can still cause issues. Crawl space encapsulation prevents moisture retention and increases the stability of your foundation over time.

Imporves the Comfort of your Flooring

The temperature of your home's hardwood and tile floors will be more comfortable to walk thanks to crawl space encapsulation. During the warmer summer months, encapsulation stops your home from feeling moist and humid and in the winter months, it will keep your feet warm.

Improves Living Conditions

No one wants to become sick from spending time at home. Enclosing a home's crawl area gives your family a healthier environment to live and breathe.

Is it worth sealing my crawl space?Sealing your crawl space has many benefits with the main one being it helps to avoid structural damage. Moisture in your crawl area will eventually cause major damage to a building's structure. The vapour in your crawl space can destroy the timber framing and flooring in a home. Moisture is kept at bay by encapsulating the crawl space. Furthermore, encapsulation helps in the prevention of harmful pests such as termites.

How long does crawl space encapsulation last?Crawl space encapsulation typically lasts about 10-15 years. Recently moisture barrier manufacturers now provide materials that are designed to perform well for 20 years or more.

What are the cons of encapsulating a crawl space?Upfront Investment. The average homeowner should expect to invest $5,500 to install this system, according to Home Advisor.
Foundation Wall Insulation Cost. If you get an encapsulation estimate, your contractor may recommend installing foundation wall insulation to help you benefit more, but this can be costly.
Additional Maintenance. Following the installation of your crawl space encapsulation system, you will require ongoing maintenance and inspections throughout the year.
Might Need To Upgrade Your HVAC System.

What is the cost of crawl space encapsulation?In crawl spaces, high levels of moisture and humidity can harm structural elements and increase the danger of mold growth. The cost of crawl space encapsulation ranges from $1,500 to $15,000, with a national average of $5,500.

Are crawl space vents necessary?Building rules normally require crawl space vents to be operational in the summer to allow outside air to circulate beneath the floor and avoid moisture buildup, which, along with mildew and mold, promotes wood decay.

Are crawl space dehumidifiers loud?The Trane XV20i central air conditioner is rated at 55 decibels, and the best dehumidifiers for crawl spaces are generally at that level or quieter. Again, placement is critical as you wouldn't want a noisy unit under your bedroom floor.

Are crawl space dehumidifiers worth it?Using a dehumidifier in your crawl area reduces moisture in the air and improves air quality. Improving indoor air quality through moisture control helps alleviate and possibly avoid various allergy symptoms such as eye discomfort, headaches, and respiratory difficulties.

Can crawl space be turned into a basement?The ground must be excavated in order to convert your crawlspace into a basement. However, appropriate planning is important before beginning the work required to excavate the basement. It is, in fact, a highly difficult procedure that must be carefully supported both during and after the work.

Are crawl space vapor barriers necessary?Yes. A vapour barrier is required in your crawl space. Furthermore, a moisture barrier is the bare minimum of protection you should have in your crawl area. A vapour barrier can help you prevent costly repairs.

Will crawl space pipes freeze?The reason why water pipes in crawl spaces are so prone to freezing is that these spaces allow cold air to circulate around the pipes.

When should crawl space vents be open?In the summer, these vents allow outside air to circulate beneath the floor, preventing moisture buildup that promotes mildew and decay. In the winter, when the air is dryer, the vents are blocked to prevent the possibility of the crawl space pipes freezing.

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