Stay healthy with proper crawl space ventilation
The EPA says that 51% of the air you breathe in your home is from the crawl space. That’s why it’s so important to treat your crawl space as part of your home. Just as a roof in good repair keeps water from getting in through the top of your home, a properly maintained crawl space prevents water and moisture from getting in from under your home. When properly ventilated, insulated, and waterproofed, the air from your crawl space will remain dry and free from mold and other pathogens that could be hazardous to your health and your home’s structure.
Our crawl space encapsulation process
Ark has a multi-step process to make sure your crawl space is at its best. To start, we remove existing insulation and moisture barriers. Then we chemically treat the wood in the crawl space for wood destroying organisms such as mold and insects. We also make sure that joists are intact, and we recommend repairs if necessary. The soil in your crawl space is then graded to promote proper water flow into sump pumps that will then carry away excess water. At this point, we install a new vapor barrier and insulation and seal them completely to prevent future water intrusion. Finally, we place a dehumidifier in an optimal position within the sealed area so that any remaining moisture in the crawl space air is removed and doesn’t enter your living space.
Crawl Space Encapsulation Benefits
When properly placed, a vapor barrier promotes good air quality inside your home and inhibits the growth of mold. It can also keep floors from sagging as a result of excess water and moisture. It also inhibits invading pests such as termites taking up residence in your floor joists. This protects your home’s structural integrity, bringing more life to the wood by reducing moisture.