This solution addresses all areas of concern related to humidity and moisture in the crawl space. An encapsulation essentially means your crawl space is sealed from the ground, walls, outside air, and water intrusion. Encapsulating the crawl space rose in popularity during the early 2000s. Several studies that indicated residential homes experienced significant benefits with encapsulation sparked the rapid growth in the industry.
When we do an encapsulation, we use a 15-mil woven polyethylene vapor barrier that is made here in the USA. We love the 15-mil so much we offer a Transferable Lifetime Warranty on it, if it ever rips, tears, or breaks, we come out and fix it for free!
First, we completely cover the ground with the 15-mil. Then, we run it 6 inches up the wall and fasten it in place. Next, we run it 6 inches up the piers and seal it around them. After this is complete, we will apply a closed-cell spray foam to the interior crawl space walls, overlapping the 15-mil seal and stopping approximately 6 inches below the seal plate where the wood is. This ensures we are code compliant.
Last, we will seal the foundation vents and install a dehumidification system. This is a full encapsulation. It lasts for the life of the home and maximizes the efficiency of your home. Crawl Space Brothers has seen customers with utilities saving as high as 40% post encapsulation. Call us today to learn more!
There are many benefits of sealing your crawl space by encapsulating, here are a few of them:
One of the most important things is to be sure of before doing a project on your home is that the method/product has been researched and tested over a long period of time. Crawl space encapsulation has both.
Encapsulation technology has been working for over 20 years and has now become the leading home protection project, even by new home builders. Your home is the biggest investment in your life, and protecting the structural integrity and health of the living space, is of utmost importance.
One of the best contributors to research in the Southeast has been Advanced Energy, a nonprofit energy consulting firm. They are the only nonprofit to do a direct side by side study of sealed vs. unsealed crawl space where the control models were the exact same house.
The short answer is YES! Encapsulation is the best long-term solution for any crawl space in need of repair. However, it is not always the one that makes the most sense, mainly when the home is about to go up for sale.
If your home is about to hit the market for sale, Crawl Space Brothers can take a few of the first steps (mold removal, new vapor barrier, remove and replace insulation) in order to get the home up to code. This prevents you from making the investment in encapsulation right before selling the home.
Encapsulation cost can vary on several different things:
Every solution is tailored to fit the crawl space, and every home is different. The cost for encapsulation can go from $3,000 all the way up to $15,000 depending on the variables above. The best way to find out is to receive a free assessment and quote on the encapsulation project.
There are several different types of crawl space liners available, at Crawl Space Brothers we start with a 6-mil polyethylene liner and go up to a 36-mil depending on the situation. For encapsulation, we use only 15-mil or higher. The standard is a 15-mil, white, woven liner. We will use a 36-mil liner in some situations where the crawl space is going to be high traffic (storage, law tractor parking, etc.). All our encapsulations are done with 15-mil liner or stronger. This allows us to offer a Lifetime Transferrable Warranty on all our encapsulation liners.