A home’s crawlspace is typically not entered very often by homeowners, so issues caused by excessive moisture can often go undetected for a very long time. There are, however, some signs that a crawlspace is experiencing excessive moisture without ever going underneath the home. Some of these signs include cupping, buckling, or sagging of the floors inside of the home. Also, some homeowners with moisture issues complain of a musty smell inside of the home.
Adams Exterminators can solve your home’s moisture issue by encapsulating the crawlspace and installing a dehumidification system. Here’s what you can expect from our moisture control team:
Our Process for Encapsulating a Crawlspace
1. Evaluate Your Crawlspace
When we inspect your crawlspace and assess the moisture levels in your subfloors and floor joists. If elevated, we will determine what is causing the excessive moisture. Below are some common indicators of a moisture problem:
- Fallen insulation
- Standing water
- Musty smell
- Fungal growth
- Excessive condensation forming on A/C ductwork
Once we evaluate your crawlspace, we create a custom plan to best control your excessive moisture levels. If an encapsulated crawlspace with a dehumidifier is warranted, we will move on to step 2.
2. Schedule Encapsulation and Dehumidifier Installation
If a dehumidification system is the appropriate solution for your home, we will schedule a time with you for us to encapsulate the crawlspace and install the dehumidifier.
3. Remove Debris
When it’s time to install your new dehumidification system, our team will start by removing any debris from your crawlspace. This can include fallen insulation, wood, and old moisture barriers.
4. Install Moisture Control Solutions
Our team will install a tightly secured moisture barrier throughout your crawlspace, covering not only the ground, but also the foundation walls. This moisture barrier is offered in three different thicknesses (6 mil, 8 mil, or 12 mil). It is based on the customer’s preference as to which one is installed.
After the moisture barrier is completely installed on the ground and around the foundations walls, all of the vents in the crawlspace will be sealed, further preventing moist, humid air from entering the crawlspace.
Lastly, the dehumidifier will be installed along with a condensate pump and plumbed to the exterior. Your dehumidifier system will control the moisture levels in your crawlspace by removing excess moisture from the air and emptying into the condensate pump. The condensate pump will then pump the water out of the crawlspace.
5. Install Thermohygrometer with Digital Display
To ensure our customers are able to have a real-time reading of the humidity in their crawlspace, our team will install a thermohygrometer sensor in the crawlspace. This sensor will transmit a live reading of the humidity to a digital display that sits inside your home, allowing you to always monitor your moisture levels. If you see humidity levels rise over the recommended range, one of our moisture control technicians will come by your home and see what is causing the elevation.
Benefits of Crawlspace Encapsulation
- Reduce your energy bill
- Prevent progressive wood decay
- Prevent further fungal growth
- Improve air quality
- Deter common pests attracted to excess moisture
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Trust Adams Exterminators to Encapsulate Your Crawl Space
The experts at Adams Exterminators have the proper training, equipment, and protective gear to handle any size crawlspace moisture control job. We are state licensed, experienced, and utilize the latest technology. You can put your trust in our attention to detail and quality service.
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