Most dirt crawl spaces are vented to get the moisture out. Sounds like a good idea, right? Not so much. The problem with vented crawl spaces is that the vents bring in warm humid air during the summer. So if you have mold in your crawlspace, there are mold spores throughout your house. Similarly, if you have moisture in your crawlspace, you have a moisture issue in your home. And in the winter, a vented crawlspace also lets in cold air, causing uncomfortable floors and higher heating costs. We’ve been serving the Southside Hampton Roads area, including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Norfolk, for over 60 years! If your home has a vented crawl space, contact Mechanical Service Company about our crawl space encapsulation services today!
The Benefits of Crawl Space EncapsulationUnlike vented crawl spaces, encapsulated crawlspaces are sealed away from the earth and moisture. Vents in a crawl space are basically holes connected to the outside—and why would you want a hole in your house? With an encapsulation system, crawlspace vents are sealed up – saving energy and making your whole house more comfortable. Not to mention the added benefits of less mold, less mildew, and a lot fewer bugs and other nasty critters under your house.
Reasons to Encapsulate the Crawl Space in Your HomeYou might think this is a problem you can deal with later, but the longer you wait, the more likely you are to experience a problem related to vented crawl spaces. Here are some of the reasons you should encapsulate your crawl space:
- Moisture under your home can cause mold, mildew, and insect problems.
- Top scientists and the U.S. Department of Energy now agree that vented crawlspaces are not a good idea.
- Vented crawlspaces can raise heating and cooling costs up to 25% each month.
- With less moisture in the air, your home will be more comfortable.