What's In Your Crawl Space? Why You Should Have It Encapsulated This Summer

If you have a basement, you probably already know that you need to have it waterproofed. However, if you have a crawl space in your home, you might not have given it much thought. One reason for that is due to the fact that it doesn't provide you with much usable space, which means you don't have a reason to go down there very often. Unfortunately, when it comes to your crawl space, "out of sight, out of mind" can lead to a lot of serious problems. Fall is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to give your crawl space some much-needed attention. Here are just four of the reasons why you should have a contractor come out and perform crawl space encapsulation before fall gets here.

Stop Pests in Their Tracks

If you typically have a problem with pests coming up through the floor, they could be infesting your crawl space. That area below your home provides the perfect environment for all types of pests, including roaches, silverfish, raccoons, and even termites. This is particularly true if you have bare soil and wood under there. Encapsulating your crawl space will seal it off and stop pests in their tracks.

Get Humidity Under Control

If your home has a humidity problem, not only are you dealing with the damaging effects of it, but your air conditioner is paying the price as well. You might not know this, but your air conditioner has to remove all the moisture from the air as it cools down your home. If there are high levels of humidity in the air, your air conditioner will need to work harder, which means it will wear out faster. You can get humidity under control and protect your air conditioner by having your crawl space encapsulated this year.

Reduce the Allergens in the Air

If your allergies have been out of control lately, the cause could be located in your crawl space. All the dirt, dust, and moisture that builds up in an unprotected crawl space can increase the amount of dust mites and mold spores that get into your home. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, dust mites and mold spores have nowhere to thrive, which means your air will be cleaner, and your allergies will stay under control.

Prevent Hardwood Cupping

If your hardwood flooring tends to cup each summer, you have a problem in your crawl space. You may think that it's normal for hardwood to cup when the weather gets hot, but that's actually not the case. Your hardwood flooring should lie flat throughout the year. If it's not, that means the heat is radiating up through the crawl space during the summer. You can get that under control and preserve your hardwood flooring by having your crawl space encapsulated this summer.