Are you tolerating a wet, dank, and possibly moldy crawlspace in your Southern New Jersey home?
Now you can protect your investment, while creating a healthier environment for you, your family, and your home…
To the estimated 82 million Americans who live above a crawlspace…here’s an important factoid… “Did you know that as much as 50% of the air you breathe on the first floor of your home comes from your crawlspace?” That’s a considerable amount of air consistently working its way up through the flooring and into your living (breathing) area.
While it seems we need crawlspaces – and they certainly won’t be going out-of-style anytime soon – it isn’t always easy or convenient to manage them.
The clash of interior & exterior conditions…
When outdoor humidity, temperature, and moisture levels come together with the different ones in your crawlspace, it often results in condensation forming on the many surfaces in your crawlspace…
Surfaces like your…
• Plumbing & water tank
• Electrical cables & boxes
• Wood beams or floor joists
• Foundation walls…
…just about anything!
They all add up to give you an unhealthy structure…shorthand for structural damage, and the need for costly repairs. And, if not maintained, can continue to return or even worsen…again, costing you more money. Indeed, condensation is just the first step in a natural ‘wilting’ or decaying process.
Continuing condensation on piping or ductwork, can lead to rust and a premature breakdown. When fasteners rust, electrical wiring might begin to droop and shift out of place and become dangerous. Insulation tends to absorb condensation, and once heavy enough, will sag. That not only reduces its insulating value, it creates a great environment for mold and bacterial growth.
Think of your foundation walls as the general support system for the wooden structure of your home. When that structure experiences regular condensation, in addition to the mold growth that usually follows, they become inviting to termites and other wood-destroying/boring insects.
That’s why keeping your home nice and dry at all times is so important.
As you can see, an unhealthy structure could be damaging to your home and your wallet, if problems linger and aren’t addressed…and you don’t want an unhealthy structure or living environment…right?
However, recent research – along with a growing demand for another way – promises to make dealing with these problematic, yet necessary spaces just a lot easier…
Conditioning or encapsulating your crawlspace effectively acts as a ‘protective bubble’ for your home, securing, and maintaining its crucial structural members, safe and healthfully intact.
How does it work?
During the crawlspace encapsulation process, we’ll actually enclose/seal the entire area…essentially creating a ‘bubble-like’ environment for the crawlspace itself. To prevent outside air, humidity, or moisture from getting in, we’ll…
This allows for a conditioned and controlled air space, leaving you with a significantly reduced risk of future problems with structural damage – not to mention providing you an overall healthier living or working environment.
A controlled crawlspace means a healthier living environment for you & your family…
While the air in your crawlspace can account for a large portion of a healthy living environment, there are other factors to consider as well. Factors like…
Moisture management – Once you’ve closed/conditioned your crawlspace, the system provides the effective moisture management your crawlspace has always needed…and it can reduce colonizing mold, bacteria, and other microbial growth, too.
The result? Better indoor air quality for you and your home…
Soil gases & odors – A professionally installed and sealed vapor barrier (laid on the crawlspace floor or soil), prevents harmful gases and unpleasant odors from getting in, adding to a healthier indoor air quality.
Pests & rodents – Are a nuisance and can be harmful to your health and the health of others. With the right insulation and sealing products, your crawlspace can be free of those unhealthy infestations – providing you a healthy, stress (and pest) free environment.
Save energy = saving money…
A report by Advanced Energy, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy suggests a well-insulated closed crawlspace can reduce your energy costs by as much as 19%. To read the full report, click here.
Believe it or not, whether your crawlspace is vented, or unvented, but not conditioned, your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems have to work harder, meaning you’re probably spending lots more on energy than you need to.
Here are a couple examples…
Your heating system – When cold air gets into your crawlspace, it affects your heating, & ventilation systems, as well as your water heater and hot water pipes.
As the cold winter air gets in, your heating systems will tend to cool. But, we don’t want that to happen because they’ll have to work harder than ever to warm up and/or stay hot.
When your heating systems have to work harder/longer, you’ll end up with unnecessarily higher energy and utility bills.
Your cooling system – As hot, humid summer air gets into your crawlspace through the vents, humidity levels inside your home increase. Because of that, your air-conditioning system has to work harder as it struggles to reduce both the temperature and the humidity.
That extra work results in higher energy and utility costs.
Interestingly, when you condition your crawlspace, the temperature and humidity levels will become much closer to the levels in the rest of your home – without your HVAC systems having to work overtime. (This also prevents condensation issues that promote bacteria, as well as all kinds of mold and fungal growth).
By keeping your crawlspace temperature and humidity levels roughly the same as the rest of your home, you’ll have fewer problems…and lower energy costs, too!
A healthy structure means a happier, healthier homeowner!
Imagine…your home surrounded by a protective bubble, free from structural damages and mounting annual problems and repair costs…not to mention headaches and stress an unhealthy structure can cause you.
Could your crawlspace use a little TLC?
Become a proactive homeowner and start taking the steps to creating a healthier crawlspace environment for you, your loved ones…and your home!
Our encapsulation process offers you a cost-effective, hassle-free, and long lasting solution to helping you get it done…