Crawl Space Encapsulation
Wet Crawl Space
If there's standing water in your crawl space, it could be either a drainage problem or a plumbing leak. An issue like this is best to fix immediately before it becomes a bigger problem. Overly moist crawl spaces can smell musty and be breeding grounds for mold and mildew. At J.D. Johnson Basement Waterproofing, we recommend installing a vapor barrier with a sump pump system.
Crawl space encapsulation is the process of sealing your crawl space off from the outside elements. When a crawl space is properly encapsulated, all external moisture issues are gone for good. The traditional crawl space vents are closed off completely to exterior climate and elements.
Waterproofing A Crawl Space
Installing A Vapor Barrier
We implement this through the use of a highly durable product known as a vapor barrier. The vapor barrier is a thick, insulated, woven fabric that is sandwiched between waterproof polypropylene. The barrier is installed on the walls and floors of your crawl space and will prevent any unwanted moisture from entering your home, and prevent termite infestation.
The benefits of a sealed crawl space are:
- Improve indoor air quality
- Another way to insulate your home
- Increase energy efficiency of the home
- Add storage space to the home
- Keep floors warmer in the winter
- Prevent bug infestation in the crawl space
The installation process is simple:
- First, we clean out the crawl space of water, any obstructions, and items that may be there already.
- Next, we will install the vapor barrier on the walls of the foundation around the perimeter of the crawl space.
- Then, we install the vapor barrier on the floor of the crawl space and seal any gaps where it meets the walls.
- Finally, we install an insulated door at the entrance to the crawl space.
Once the crawl space is encapsulated, this ensures bad vapors and musty smells stay away from the crawl space, and moisture content is reduced to prevent the growth of mold and other contaminants.
Crawl spaces often have several reasons for excess moisture. Our crawl space was no exception. The floor of the space was very close to the existing water level, we have no rain gutters on the cabin, and much of the yard slopes improperly toward the home.
We install sump pumps at the lowest area of your crawl space. The sump pump's role is to push water away from the house to prevent flooding. Many times, the sump pump removes the water by pumping it into a dry well or storm drain.