Is your crawl space musty, moldy, or home to a variety of pests? A crawlspace service can help solve and prevent many problems by sealing out moisture, bugs, and more. Capelouto Pest Control’s encapsulation service provides a surprising number of benefits for homeowners.
Why Crawl Space Encapsulation Is Necessary
Many pests are attracted to areas that are dark, damp, and undisturbed, such as a home’s crawl space. Your crawl space is the area located between your home’s raised foundation and the ground. While some homeowners modify their crawl spaces into extra storage or a root cellar, others leave the space untouched. If you aren’t using your crawl space for something useful, then consider crawl space encapsulation to make the space less appealing to pests.
What Is Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Crawl space encapsulation is the process of sealing the space – think of it like a swimming pool liner that prevents leaks. At Capelouto, we offer this protection by using a heavy-duty polyethylene barrier, covering the floors, ceiling, and foundation walls with the substance. Encapsulation works best when it covers the area completely and includes sealing tape to connect the different barrier pieces in the area.
After sealing the space completely, the last step is to cool the air to keep the humidity levels healthy. This may require adding a dehumidifier to your home’s crawl space. The combination of a barrier and dehumidifier protects the area from developing too much moisture, making the space less appealing to pests. Crawl space encapsulation comes with the added benefit of preventing mold from forming.
Too much moisture in a home can cause a bunch of problems that range from wet insulation to a musty smell seeping through your home. A damp crawl space can cause the floors to soften or separate. It can also result in sweating windows and high cooling costs.
Before contacting a professional company for a crawl space service, resolve current problems in and around your home, such as standing water, leaking pipes, and pre-existing mold.
The Benefits of Sealing Your Crawl Space
The benefits of crawl space encapsulation include:
- Better air quality throughout your home
- Improved energy efficiency
- An area that’s inhospitable for pests
- Extended life of your heating and cooling equipment
- Air ducts may last longer
- You may qualify for tax incentives and rebates
- Can help you sell your home faster
An Innovative Addition
The pest control industry never stops looking for better ways to do things. It found one with Thermal Acoustical Pest Control, or TAP, Insulation. Along with dissuading pests from moving in with you, the product keeps the interior temperatures of your home comfortable. The insulation is great because it’s one product that provides two solutions.
TAP Pest Control Insulation is registered through the United States Environmental Protection Agency. It can prevent pests like ants, termites, silverfish, and cockroaches from entering your home.
What’s the Difference Between Crawl Space Encapsulation Vs a Crawl Space Vapor Barrier?
On the surface, a crawl space vapor barrier and a crawl space encapsulation seem quite similar – a layer of plastic is laid down over the ground to help prevent moisture from seeping up into the area. In reality, there is a significant difference between the two crawl space services.
A vapor barrier simply consists of a thin layer of plastic on the ground, while a crawl space encapsulation involves sealing the entire area – ground, walls, ceiling, vents, and all – with a thick layer of plastic crawl space insulation. As you can imagine, encapsulation provides significantly better protection against pests and moisture than a simple vapor barrier.
Schedule a Professional Crawl Space Service
Capelouto Termite & Pest Control in Tallahassee, FL can solve your pest problems. Along with offering TAP Insulation to fix your crawl space problems, we offer general pest control services. Our technicians are able to diagnose your pest issue to recommend a solution. They also have the equipment and training to resolve it.
Contact us for a free service quote today.