Homeowners don’t often check their crawl spaces 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 crawl space 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 crawl space insulation and encapsulation because both services can make a huge and immediate difference for your home’s comfort, efficiency, and overall health.
What is Crawl Space Encapsulation and Insulation?
Crawl space 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 crawl space, like standing water, etc. Once that’s been managed, Worley’s:
- Installs a Vapor Barrier
We seal off the ground of your crawl space with a plastic liner to prevent moisture infiltration. This will help prevent mold growth in your crawl space, 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 crawl space is then air sealed to prevent outside air from leaking into the crawl space. 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 crawl space is part of your home, and we recommend protecting it from the outdoors with that in mind! There are three areas within a crawl space 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 crawl space 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 Crawl Space Encapsulation and Insulation
- Lower energy bills, with savings of up to 15%
- No more cold floors above your crawl space
- Improved air quality – an encapsulated crawl space can eliminate moisture-related mold issues and musty odors in your home
Why Invest in Crawl Space Encapsulation and Insulation?
Did you know that a vented crawl space 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 crawl space needs attention? You’d likely benefit from crawl space encapsulation and/or insulation if you experience any of the above:
- Cold morning floors in areas of home above the crawl space in the winter
- Fiberglass batt insulation that has fallen out of place between floor joists in your crawl space
- Musty smells, dampness inside your home, or visible signs of mold in the crawl space
- Mice or other pests in your crawl space
Get Started with a Worley’s Crawl Space Inspection
Whether you’re preparing for a crawl space insulation and encapsulation project or just want to get the lay of the land in your crawl space, 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 crawl space inspections page to see the full list of things we check for in your crawl space.