Homeowners don’t often check their crawlspaces regularly because it doesn’t serve a practical purpose, like as storage space, for example. Even though you don’t use it, whatever is happening in your crawlspace will still impact on the daily life of those living within the home.
Given how humid the climate can be in the Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and the Newport News areas, it’s important for Virginia homeowners to know how to maintain them. Worley’s offers crawlspace insulation and encapsulation because both services can make a huge and immediate difference for your home’s comfort, efficiency, and overall health.
What is Crawlspace Encapsulation and Insulation?
Crawlspace encapsulation is a multi-step process that is best performed by a professional. Before getting started, it’s smart to resolve any potential issues you have with your crawlspace, like standing water, etc. Once that’s been managed, Worley’s:
- Installs a Vapor Barrier
We seal off the ground of your crawlspace with a plastic liner to prevent moisture infiltration. This will help prevent mold growth in your crawlspace, which if left unchecked can travel up into your living areas and negatively affect your indoor air quality.
- Air Seals
Once the barrier has been installed, the crawlspace is then air sealed to prevent outside air from leaking into the crawlspace. Especially in seasons with extreme temperatures, this will make a significant improvement in the comfort of your home as well as decrease the amount of energy your HVAC systems have to use to run.
- Installs Insulation
As much as it might not seem like it, your crawlspace is part of your home, and we recommend protecting it from the outdoors with that in mind! There are three areas within a crawlspace that can be insulated: the floor joist, the rim joist, and the foundation walls. A common mistake we see is having all three insulated at one time, which won’t serve you well!
Every crawlspace needs a different approach to insulation. Our trained technicians know how best to move forward with your home and budget in mind.
The Benefits of Crawlspace Encapsulation and Insulation
- Lower energy bills, with savings of up to 15%
- No more cold floors above your crawlspace
- Improved air quality – an encapsulated crawlspace can eliminate moisture-related mold issues and musty odors in your home
Why Invest in Crawlspace Encapsulation and Insulation?
Did you know that a vented crawlspace supplies about 40% of the air in your home? Anything contained in that air, including odors, humidity, mold spores, and dust mite waste, contributes to poor indoor air quality.
Unsure whether your crawlspace needs attention? You’d likely benefit from crawlspace encapsulation and/or insulation if you experience any of the above:
- Cold morning floors in areas of home above the crawlspace in the winter
- Fiberglass batt insulation that has fallen out of place between floor joists in your crawlspace
- Musty smells, dampness inside your home, or visible signs of mold in the crawlspace
- Mice or other pests in your crawlspace
Get Started with a Worley’s Crawlspace Inspection
Whether you’re preparing for a crawlspace insulation and encapsulation project or just want to get the lay of the land in your crawlspace, Worley’s will do a full inspection to determine the best way to address your home’s needs with your budget in mind. Visit our crawlspace inspections page to see the full list of things we check for in your crawlspace.