Today, about 15% of homes have crawl spaces. This means that about 15% of homes run the risk of having lower air quality and a higher risk of having a pest infestation in their home.
When it comes to living in your home, you want to ensure that it is a safe and comfortable place to be. If you have a crawl space, you may want to consider closing it up. There can be many benefits to doing this.
If you want to learn more about encapsulating a crawl space, you should continue reading this article to learn more about what a crawl space is for and why closing it is a good idea.
What Is a Crawl Space?
A crawl space is a simple name for an unoccupied and unfinished area under your home. This area is not accessed most of the time, and there is truly no apparent reason for keeping a crawl space open.
Crawl spaces are there specifically to ensure that your home is protected from the moist and damp ground.
If you keep your crawl space open, you risk a few different things happening to your home. Here are a few to look out for:
- Mold growing and appearing in your home
- Higher electric bills for heating and cooling
- Windows that steam up
- Pest infestations
Closing up a crawl space is probably your best bet to avoid these issues.
How Closing the Crawl Space Improves Air Quality
When you close up your home’s crawl space, you are automatically going to improve the air quality of your entire home. While closing something doesn’t seem like it would improve the air quality, it actually does!
Closing the space improves the air quality to be much cleaner and promotes clean air circulation throughout your entire house. This means that the air you are breathing is much healthier and safer for anyone who is in your home.
How so? Most crawl spaces that are open allow too much moisture to build up. When this happens, there is a lot of humid air that circulates your home.
Humid air is not the healthiest to breathe, so when you eliminate this moisture, you automatically have healthier air in your home.
Other Benefits of Closing a Crawl Space
Improving the air quality of your home is just one benefit of closing a crawl space. There are many other benefits that you can reap from choosing to encapsulate your crawl space.
The last thing you want in your home is pests that infiltrate different areas of your house. This makes it very difficult to get rid of them.
One of the best ways to eliminate pests is to go through with crawl space encapsulation. Crawl spaces are the perfect breeding ground for so many different pests because of the moisture that builds up in the space. When you aluminate the space, you eliminate the perfect home for pests.
Termites love moist spaces as do many other pests like cockroaches and other bugs. Getting rid of the space that they love means that there is less likely to be an infestation of pests that you do not want in your home. Not only that, but you also will not have to deal with significant damage to your home because of pests and the stress that it all can cause.
Healthier Living Conditions
When you keep a crawl space open, you run the risk of too much moisture getting inside of your home. When this happens, you may experience mold growth and mildew around the house. This can increase health hazards and have you breathing in air that is not safe.
When you choose to close the crawl space, you are making your home a safer place for whoever comes in and out of the house.
Less Structural Damage
Having excess moisture in any part of your home can cause structural damage. However, having too much moisture in your crawl space can especially cause structural damage.
By preventing dampness and moisture from accumulating in your home, you are also preventing more moisture from getting back into the dirt under your house. If that were to happen, it can cause more trouble and more damage.
Crawl space encapsulation can keep the moisture in the crawlspace rather than seeping into the earth around your house, keeping your structure in place for many years to come.
How many times have you walked around on your floor without socks in the winter and had freezing feet? Probably a lot. However, with crawl space encapsulation, your home’s floors like tile and hardwood will be more comfortable to walk on.
Not only will they be more comfortable in the winter, but it will make your entire house feel less humid in the summer.
Improve Your Space
If you want to improve your air quality and improve other areas of your home, your best bet is to encapsulate your crawl space.
This can make your home more comfortable as well as safer to live in. If you want to learn more about the benefits of closing your crawl space and how we can help at Pest Management Systems, Inc., you can reach out to us today for a quote.
While these steps/tips will help reduce the likelihood of a termite or other pest infestation, there is no guaranteed way to eliminate all risk. However, we will do what we can to make your house more comfortable.