Why Crawlspace Encapsulation is Necessary

Many pests are attracted to areas that are dark, damp and undisturbed such as a home’s crawlspace. Your home’s crawlspace is the area located between your home’s raised foundation and the ground. While some homeowners modify their crawlspaces into extra storage or a root cellar, others tend to leave the space untouched. If you aren’t using your crawlspace for something useful, then consider crawlspace encapsulation to make the space less appealing to pests.

What is Crawlspace Encapsulation?

Crawlspace 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 at a healthy one. This may require adding a dehumidifier to your home’s crawlspace. The combination of a barrier and dehumidifier protects the area from developing too much moisture, making the space less appealing to pests. Crawlspace 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 crawlspace 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 crawlspace encapsulation, resolve current problems in and around your home, problems like standing water, leaking pipes and pre-existing mold.

The Benefits of Sealing Your Crawlspace

The benefits of crawlspace encapsulation include better air quality throughout your home, improved energy efficiency and creating an area that’s inhospitable for pests. The process could extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment. Your home’s air ducts may even last longer. With encapsulation, you may qualify for tax incentives and rebates. Also, an encapsulated crawl space can help you sell your home faster when you decide that it’s time to move on.

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.

Trust Your Home to a Professional

Capelouto Termite & Pest Control can solve your pest problems. Along with offering TAP insulation to fix your crawlspace problems, we offer general pest control service. Our technicians are able to diagnose your pest issue to recommend a solution. They also have the equipment and training to resolve it. Call us for a free service quote today.