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Should I install plastic on the foundation wall?

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You’ve probably heard lots of different answers about the value of installing plastic on your foundation wall. Ultimately, if you are looking for a way to keep moisture out, this is the way to go. Here’s why…

Wet crawlspaces = TROUBLE

Water in any form, in unwanted places is the enemy of healthy homes and crawlspaces. Once water enters a crawlspace you can be sure that, with time, mold growth, pests and poor home air quality will be consequences. You may have already learned the hard way that crawlspaces that are vented do not prevent moisture from accumulating. This is where crawlspace encapsulation comes in.

Crawlspace encapsulation

Encapsulation seals your crawlspace by lining the foundation walls and the floor with heavy polyethylene plastic sheets that are sealed with tape. You might also opt to insulate the wall foundations utilizing any existing HVAC systems to cool and heat your crawlspace to the right temperature. Doing so could improve the effectiveness of your crawlspace encapsulation.

Why encapsulate your crawlspace?

Crawlspace encapsulation means you can more easily maintain a dry crawlspace. That is no small feat given the determination of water to invade your home. Rainwater, groundwater, condensation, humidity – in any form, water should be kept out of the crawlspace.

Keeping your crawlspace dry adds to your home’s comfort and value. In time, moisture damages the structural integrity of your home, compromising wooden floors and joists. That isn’t all. As mentioned earlier, mold growth is a common problem with crawlspace moisture. Spores in the crawlspace can rise and impact air quality in the living areas of your home. Musty odors, asthma and flu-like symptoms will result. Moisture also creates the perfect conditions for pests. Keep things dry to reduce the likelihood of an infestation. Both roaches and rats are attracted to damp, moist areas. Finally, crawlspace encapsulation helps you protect the environment. Increase energy savings and efficiency and raise the comfort level of your home.

Have more questions? Crawlspace Depot has the answers and supplies you need to keep your crawlspace dry so your home will be more comfortable. Look through our website or give us a call. We can help you explore options and find the solution that is right for you.

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