Why an Encapsulated Crawl Space System Might be the Answer to Your Moisture Troubles
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Why an Encapsulated Crawl Space System Might be the Answer to Your Moisture Troubles

Is your home experiencing musty odors, warped floors, or unexplained allergies? The culprit could be hiding beneath your feet – in your crawl space. Moisture troubles in crawl spaces are more common than you think and can lead to several problems you won’t want to ignore. With PMi, you’ll have all the benefits of experts for your encapsulated crawl space, plus the benefits of a pest-savvy eye.

Moisture Mayhem in Your Crawl Space

Crawl spaces are vulnerable to moisture from various sources, including:

  • Groundwater: A rising water table or poor drainage around the foundation can seep into the crawl space.
  • Surface water: Improper grading or downspouts that drain close to the foundation can introduce excess water
  • Humidity: Vented crawl spaces allow humid air to enter, which condenses on cool surfaces like pipes and joists, creating a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Why Should You Be Concerned?

Moisture in your crawl space isn’t just a nuisance; it’s a health hazard. Mold growth can trigger allergies, respiratory problems, and even serious illnesses. Additionally, moisture can rot wooden structures, attract pests like termites, and contribute to energy inefficiency. An encapsulated crawl space may not be what you think the answer is for moisture concerns, but the evidence supports it.

Sealing the Truth: Why Venting Isn’t the Answer

Traditionally, crawl spaces have been vented to allow air circulation. However, research by organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) show that sealing foundation vents and encapsulated crawl spaces is the most effective way to control moisture.

The Problem with Vents

While venting might seem logical, it actually exacerbates the problem. Vents allow humid outdoor air to enter the crawl space, condensing on cooler surfaces and creating more moisture. This trapped moisture becomes a breeding ground for mold and mildew and contributes to structural damage.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the rumored benefits of crawl space vents prove lacking upon closer examination. These openings, initially intended to usher in fresh air, unintentionally serve as conduits for humid outdoor air infiltrating the crawl space. 

As this warm, moisture-laden air encounters cooler surfaces within the confines of the crawl space, it precipitates into water droplets, laying the groundwork for a vicious cycle of moisture build up. Rather than eliminating moisture problems, venting actually worsens them by furnishing an ideal habitat for the multiplication of mold and mildew while speeding up structural degradation.

The Power of an Encapsulated Crawl Space

Installing an encapsulated crawl space involves sealing the foundation vents, applying a vapor barrier to the walls and floor, installing mechanical drying, and sealing penetrations in the foundation and floor system.  This works as a system, creating a dry, controlled space and preventing moisture from entering. It creates a healthier environment for your home and family.

These interventions work together, strengthening the crawl space and creating a barrier against moisture. By doing this, encapsulation builds a controlled, arid environment within the encapsulated crawl space, preventing a moisture problem and mitigating the related risks of mold and structural damage.

Armed with insights pulled directly from research and guided by hands-on experience with encapsulation, PMi can fortify your crawl space against the ravages of moisture, to foster a healthier and more resilient living environment for you and your family. 

Venting might have been the old-school way of thinking, but encapsulation is where it’s at if you want a home that’s built to last. By ditching the outdated notion of venting and embracing encapsulation, we’re not just keeping our homes dry – we’re creating healthier, more resilient living spaces for ourselves and our loved ones.

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Professional Installation is Key

While it might seem simple, getting encapsulation right takes a lot of know-how and careful attention. If vapor barriers aren’t appropriately sealed, drainage problems linger, or mold growth goes unchecked, it can dramatically impact your day-to-day. These issues call for careful handling and close monitoring to ensure the encapsulation works properly and keeps working.

Why Choose Pest Management Systems for Your Encapsulated Crawl Space?

You already know PMi handles pests better than anyone, so why would you contact us for a crawlspace issue? Well, PMi isn’t just your average pest control company. Sure, we’ve got decades of experience keeping pesky critters out of homes, but here’s the kicker – we’re also experts in moisture control. 

Moisture and pests often go hand in hand. Moist environments are like a paradise for bugs and other unwanted guests. So, when PMi tackles moisture control, we’re not just talking about encapsulated crawl spaces to keep the dampness out – we’re also making sure pests have nowhere to hide.

If you’ve got a moisture problem in your crawl space, there’s a good chance it’s not just affecting your home’s structural integrity – it’s also creating the perfect conditions for pests to thrive. By choosing PMi for your moisture control needs, you’re not just getting rid of the dampness but also taking proactive steps to keep your home pest-free.

With over 15 years of experience, we know a thing or two about encapsulated crawl spaces and how to keep them in tip-top shape. PMi has the know-how to tackle even the most challenging moisture issues, from sealing up vents to installing vapor barriers.

In Greensboro, NC, the experts at PMi are the answer to your moisture control needs. With their extensive experience in both pest control and moisture management, you can rest easy knowing your home is in good hands.

Our CrawlSpace Care service includes:

  • Initial Free Inspection: Identify moisture sources and assess your crawl space’s needs.
  • Expert Installation: Our encapsulated crawl space systems are installed by experienced technicians according to industry best practices.
  • Insulation replacement (when necessary): Ensure optimal energy efficiency and comfort.

Additional Problems to Address

The problem with a damp crawl space is that it very likely already has mold and drainage problems. But PMi can help develop a plan for that, too. Our experts will know what needs to be done in your crawlspace and can build a customized plan for your home.

Other services that may be required or will help ensure peak performance:

  • Mold remediation: Address existing mold growth effectively.
  • Drainage solutions: Divert water away from your foundation and improve drainage.
  • Pest control: Eliminate termites and other pests attracted to moisture.

Don’t let moisture troubles threaten your home’s health and yours. Contact Pest Management Systems today for a free inspection and discover how CrawlSpace Care can create a healthier, more comfortable home environment.

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