The crawl space beneath your home is a dirt floor that is generally damp and filled with moisture. Moisture from the damp dirt floor evaporates and seeps into the air and insulation of your home. Your crawl space works as a sponge and will over time soak up moisture from the ground. While your crawl space sucks up moisture from the ground, your home is also sucking up moisture from the crawl space. This can lead to various home and pest control problems, including mold and fungi growth, damaged wood and foundations, pest control infestations and costly repairs.
Crawl space vapor barriers, also known as moisture barriers, have great value in improving the quality of your home. Most people, however, are uninformed of their benefits. Vapor barriers are often installed when building a home, and recommended upon home inspections when purchasing a home. Although, it is never too late to consider giving your home a much needed maintenance check!
Here are a few reasons you might have a vapor/moisture barrier installed:
1- Limiting Dampness: Moisture and any water that enters the crawl space can seep through the dirt floor and surrounding walls. Mildew and mold grow rapidly as moisture and humidity linger in your dark and damp crawl space. Installing a vapor barrier ensures the moisture is controlled and concealed, preventing damage to the structure of your home usually seen through rotting wood, rusted metal, and damaged drywall. The instillation of this barrier keeps your crawl space dry, and keeps hazardous fumes away.
2- Moisture Barriers Improve the Value of Your Home: Mold can quickly and harshly impact your home. Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in moisture-rich areas and is more than likely to cause illness among anyone living in your home. Not only is mold only able to be removed by qualified professionals, but it impacts the insurability of your home. Preventing this type of damage is essential to assuring your home keeps value of every dollar it’s worth.
3- Reducing Hazards Involving Wiring and Electrical: Moisture does not pair well with electrical systems. Moisture found in the crawl space can cause electrical shorts, rusted wires, and even fires. Vapor barrier instillation helps to ensure all electrical and wiring materials are free from moisture. This helps to prevent increased risks of fire and electrocution.
Some common signs to look for that indicate moisture in your crawl space:
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