Efficient insulation in your crawlspace can help you save large amounts of money on energy bills.
A vapor barrier can also slow or block most of the movement of harmful gases, such as radon, from the soil. Coupled with a radon mitigation system (in the event that radon is present in higher than acceptable levels), a vapor barrier can significantly reduce radon levels in the home.
A vapor barrier slows or prevents the evaporation of ground moisture into the crawlspace air. If coupled with a waterproofing system, moisture and water can be expelled from the crawl space before it can cause problems. No more rot, rust, mold, odors, insects, or other moisture-related problems.
Moisture is one of the main enemies of a home’s structure, potentially causing both structural problems and health issues. Uncontrolled moisture can cause rot and decay in wood framing and other materials, and it fosters mold and mildew that can cause allergies and asthma. At its most extreme, moisture can even determine if the construction of a home or room addition is possible at all. Where moisture is a known problem, vapor barriers are integrated into wall, ceiling, and floor construction to combat it effects. But nowhere is moisture more damaging than in a crawl space, even though it is not seen.
The crawl space has direct contact with the ground, it should be no surprise that moisture will develop here. It is difficult to overstate the problems that can occur because of crawl space moisture. One of the most serious problems caused by moisture is mold, mildew, and other fungi.
In order to maximize your energy efficiency and make sure that your property stays as clean as possible, regular inspections of your crawl space and clean-ups are recommended as needed. Efficient insulation in your crawlspace can help you save large amounts of money on energy bills. Often times, winds piping through the crawl space of a home can collect rust along with mildew. These deposits can quickly get out of hand if left unchecked, especially because of how difficult crawl spaces are to access. The dark atmosphere of a crawl space also creates a habitation area for insects and vermin.
The crawl space is an area of the home that is easily forgotten, and most people never think of it until something goes wrong. Paying special attention to your crawl spaces does help your house to run as efficiently as possible, and it helps the structure of your home to last a long time.
There is always the possibility that rodents could move into your crawl space and cause extensive damage to electrical wiring, plumbing soft tubes, enter the heating and cooling ducting, nest in your insulation and/or leave rodent waste in your crawl space.
Rodents by nature follow their on scents, they mark their territories by defecating, urinating, and nesting in the crawl space. It is important to remove any nesting, rodent droppings and to disinfect any urine to kill any bacteria and scent left by rodents to prevent them from coming back.