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Taylors, SC 29687

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Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm

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Contact Us

(864) 292-1919

CRAWL SPACE ENCAPSULATION IN GREENVILLE SC

 

 

Moisture isn’t a living pest but it can cause just as much damage as one. In fact, excessive moisture can contribute to many serious problems. While crawl space encapsulation may be needed to treat extreme moisture and water problems, there are several treatment options we utilize depending on the nature of the moisture.

Crawl Space Encapsulation

This service includes enclosing a crawl space and making it clean with a heavy duty polyethylene ground and wall cover to seal out all outside intrusions of moisture.

Crawl Space Insulation

With the new insulation at work, the results can be felt immediately. Floors feel less chilly, and you can expect improvements in energy bills.

Moisture Barriers

Sometimes called “vapor barriers,” moisture barriers are installed in a crawl space to help lower wood moisture content to an acceptable level.

Dehumidifiers

A commercial grade dehumidifier is installed in the crawl space to remove humidity that can lead to mold growth, damaged insulation, and wood rot.

Drain Systems

Next time it rains, open your crawl space and have a look inside. If you see standing water, you need a crawl space drain system.

Foundation Ventilation

Auto temp vents are temperature controlled and will start opening at 40 degrees and will be completely open at 70 degrees.

Mold Care

We use Bora-Care with Mold-Care, which is one of the industry’s leading products for the control of mold fungi.

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Crawl Space Encapsulation

Moisture in your crawl space is an invitation to pests of all kinds, including termites, dust mites, carpenter ants, snakes, and rodents. Crawl space encapsulation eliminates the moisture that pests need to survive.

Crawl space moisture is particularly problematic because it causes wood rot, pest activity, and mildew and mold growth. Warm air rises, so the moisture in your crawl space is drawn up into the upper levels of the home, bringing humidity and odors with it. Encapsulation can take care of all of these problems.

What Can Cause Crawl Space Moisture?

Most crawl spaces are exposed to the dirt below the home, allowing moisture from the ground to seep into the crawl space — both into the air and into the sub-structure. If the crawl space isn’t sufficiently ventilated, surface condensation adds to the naturally-occurring moisture. This problem can be compounded by insufficient grading. When a home experiences a heavy rain, water can enter the crawl space.

When wood and other building materials are allowed to stay damp, mold, mildew, and termites thrive, causing costly structural damage to your home.

How Crawl Space Encapsulation Solves Moisture Issues

Encapsulation protects your crawl space from both the ground’s dampness and from humid outside air, preventing the problems that this moisture causes.

  • Crawl space encapsulation begins with a heavy, reinforced liner that covers the ground, walls, and supports. This liner prevents moisture from seeping in.
  • Next, we install a dehumidifier that will prevent air from stagnating.
  • If your home experiences special challenges with improper grading or drainage issues, we can install foundation drains.
  • A remote monitoring device allows you to keep tabs on humidity levels in your crawl space.

What You Need to Know

Just because something is permitted, doesn’t make it right. Many areas have building codes that permit vented crawl spaces with dirt floors, even though they’re proven to cause moisture problems.

Building experts recommend sealing. The preferred solution to moisture problems is encapsulation. It’s the most thorough prevention that exists today.

Mold spores can rise through through cracks into your home. Mold spores cause a variety of respiratory problems, including irritated throat and coughing. Those who are allergic can experience even more severe reactions. Encapsulation eliminates mold.

Fiberglass insulation, while great for insulating the upper walls of a home, can be problematic for crawl spaces. Fiberglass insulation absorbs moisture easily, creating a breeding ground for mold.

Encapsulation reduces your energy bills. Because encapsulation prevents excessive outside air from entering your home and serves to insulate it, you’ll see a savings on your energy bills.

Signs of Crawl Space Moisture Problems

Not sure if your crawl space has an issue with moisture? Here are a few things that can trigger or indicate a problem.

  • Insects, snakes, or rodents in the crawl space
  • During the winter, cold floors directly above the crawl space
  • Dirty and/or damp insulation in the crawl space
  • Fiberglass insulation lying on the floor of the crawl space
  • Wet areas on the crawl space floor
  • Mold or a moldy smell in the crawl space
  • Rotted wood in the crawl space

Encapsulation is a cost-effective way to prevent pest problems, improve air quality, protect from structural damage, and save money on energy.

Crawl Space Insulation

Crawl space insulation is part of what makes a home more comfortable to live in. Insulation also increases its energy efficiency. If your home is built on a crawl space, there’s likely several feet of air between your toes and the ground. If the insulation in your crawl space has been affected by moisture or other issues, it can cause problems.

Symptoms of Crawl Space Insulation Problems

There are several indicators that your insulation is damaged. Here’s what to look for:

  • Homeowners often first notice something’s wrong by how cold their floors feel. Without insulation in properly place, there’s nothing other than your floor between you and the damp ground underneath your home.
  • Problems with mold or mildew are another symptom that moisture may be coming into your house from below. While fungi growth can be triggered by other issues, it’s frequently caused by moisture in the crawl space.
  • Homes with damaged or missing crawl space insulation are more costly to heat and cool. If your heating and cooling bills are on the rise, faulty insulation could be the culprit.

The first step to determining the condition of a home’s crawl space insulation is to do an inspection.

What We Look for in Crawl Space Insulation

First, insulation has to dry in order to be effective. Often, we find that high levels of moisture have compromised the insulation over time. Traditional insulation works a bit like a sponge — it’s fluffy and absorbent. If there’s a source of moisture rising up from the ground, seeping in from outside, or coming down from a cracked pipe, it’s just a matter of time until the insulation becomes saturated. Once it’s wet, the only solution is replacement. It’s easy to spot damp insulation as it sags down from the floor joists.

There are a number of factors that can cause the sheets of fiberglass batting to dislodge. If the insulation wasn’t properly attached when it was originally installed, it’s likely to detach more easily over time. Rodents and other pests that make their homes in crawl spaces can also play a role in insulation becoming dislodged. Finally, no matter how well it was originally installed, older insulation can start to sag or drop off entirely over time.

How We Solve Crawl Space Insulation Issues

If an inspection shows that high levels of moisture have degraded your insulation, steps need to be taken to eliminate the source of the elevated readings. The course of action we take will depend on where the moisture’s coming from. If water is seeping in from outside, installing a French drain or system for diverting the water away from entering the crawl space can be effective. Installing or modifying an existing crawl space ventilation system can improve the flow of air inside the space to assist in removing excess moisture.

Once the crawl space has been dried out, the old, damaged insulation can be removed. When it’s replaced with new insulation, many customers request that we install a moisture barrier to keep the new insulation clean and dry.

The Results of a Remediated Crawl Space

With the new insulation at work, the results can be felt immediately. Floors feel less chilly, and you can expect improvements in energy bills. Lower levels of moisture also help prevent outbreaks of mold and mildew that thrive in high-humidity environments. Pests like insects, snakes, and rodents will find your crawl space uninhabitable. Taking the time now to correct high levels of moisture and remediate compromised insulation results in benefits for homeowners for years to come.

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We want to help you save! New customers are eligible for up to $250 off of their first Crawl Space Moisture Control service.  Click the button below to print your coupon.

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We want to help you save! New customers are eligible for up to $250 off of their first Crawl Space Moisture Control service.  Click the button below to print your coupon.

Crawl Space Moisture Barriers

Although it’s easy to forget about your crawl space since you don’t spend time underneath your home, it plays a significant part in your home’s well-being. A crawl space that’s kept dry is essential for structural stability. Moisture barriers are one way to protect your crawl space from moisture that could damage your home.

Why It’s Important to Protect Your Crawl Space Against Moisture

Crawl spaces are traditionally set on dirt floors, where natural moisture rises up into the sub-structure. Moisture in a crawl space creates a host of problems for homeowners.

  1. Health Problems — Over 40% of the air in your home is drawn from your crawl space. Dust mites and mold spores travel with this air up into the living areas of your home, creating respiratory problems, eye irritation, and headaches. For those who have a sensitivity or an allergy, these problems are worse.
  2. Damage to Your Sub-Structure — The wood in the sub-structure of your home begins to rot when condensation seeps in. Over time, wood begins to deteriorate, causing structural damage. Compounding this issue significantly, termites thrive in moist, humid environments. As they eat away at your wood, it quickly becomes unstable.
  3. High Energy Bills — Humidity rises with the air from the crawl space into the upper levels of the home where you and your family live. When you combat high humidity in your home with air conditioning, your energy bill rises.
  4. Pests — Other pests like snakes and rodents enjoy living in humid crawl spaces. If you leave them to thrive, you may experience high numbers of pests.

Vapor Barriers Prevent the Problems that Come With Moisture in Crawl Spaces

To prevent moisture from rising through the ground into your crawl space, consider installing a moisture barrier, also called a vapor barrier. This polyethylene sheeting helps to lower wood moisture content to an acceptable level. Be sure to use a sufficiently thick mil to prevent tears. We use 6 mil poly for our customers.

Vapor Barriers Help Preserve Home Value

When you’re thinking about the cost of installing a vapor barrier, remember that it protects the value of your home. Although you may not want to sell your home in the immediate future, a vapor barrier will keep your crawl space free from damage that will cause buyers to pass on your home when you’re ready to sell. More importantly, structural damage generated by moisture and termites is costly to repair. Here are a few benefits that will pay off in the value of your home.

  • Energy Efficiency — Vapor barriers help improve the energy efficiency of your home. Because the amount of warm, humid air is reduced, you won’t have to run the air conditioner as frequently.
  • Elimination of Odors — When pests are living under your home, they create a nasty smell. That odor is drawn up into the living areas of your home along with the air. By installing a vapor barrier, you’ll be helping to prevent pest colonies underneath your home.
  • Mold Prevention — Mold is an immediate red flag to home buyers. We’ve all read horror stories of how mold can impact a home, and no one wants to risk getting into a situation where mold is present. Although there are a variety of different types of molds with varying danger levels to human health, most people are keen to avoid all types of mold. Vapor barriers help to prevent mold growth.
  • Preservation of Wooden Sub-Structure — A damaged sub-structure can significantly decrease the value of your home. If termites or wood rot has taken over, repairs are expensive. Vapor barriers will help to reduce moisture to levels that are not desirable for pests, where water isn’t sitting on the wood.

Crawl Space Dehumidifiers

 

Too much humidity in your crawl space can create a variety of expensive problems. Dehumidifiers are an easy way to reduce the humidity down to a safe level. How much humidity is considered safe? Experts recommend a level of 30%-50%. Anything above 50% will trigger problems.

Why Is Dehumidifying Your Crawl Space Important?

Excess humidity impacts the air quality of your home, causing respiratory issues for you and your family. Humidity is an ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew, and the spores can easily rise to the upper areas of your home. Dust mites also thrive in humid conditions, which can trigger eczema and asthma. Humidity also causes structural damage to your home as the dampness produces wood rot.

Crawl Space Dehumidifiers in the South

While homeowners in dryer parts of the country can use dehumidifiers on their own, homeowners in the South will find that dehumidifiers just can’t keep up with naturally high humidity, especially in the summer. Sealing the crawlspace with a moisture barrier or encapsulation creates a barricade to eliminate excess moisture from crawl spaces. But you still need to keep the air flowing — that’s where dehumidifiers come in.

The Top 4 Benefits of a Crawl Space Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers have several benefits that make them worth considering. Here are the top four that our customers enjoy.

  1. Better Health — Mold spores and dust mites are allergens that can cause respiratory problems, headaches, and eye discomfort. For those who have a sensitivity or an allergy, these problems are worse. Combined with encapsulation, dehumidifiers remove these issues.
  2. Home Repair Savings — When wood sits in humidity over 70%, condensation seeps into the wood and slowly rots it. Over time, wood begins to disintegrate. Structural damage is expensive to remediate, and a dehumidifier will make sure you won’t have to.
  3. Improved Comfort — Humidity quickly rises to the upper levels of the home where you and your family live. Even if you crank up the air conditioning, high humidity levels in the home will feel uncomfortable. A dehumidifier lowers the humidity to a comfortable level.
  4. Energy Efficiency — When you combat high humidity levels in your home with air conditioning, your energy bill rises. Dehumidifiers will lower your energy costs, saving you money each month.

 

What Type of Dehumidifier Do You Need?

There are different sizes of dehumidifiers, designed to handle both small and large crawl spaces — and sizes in between. You can also get a variety of features in dehumidifiers. We start with a full inspection and make recommendations based on the size of your crawl space and moisture problem. We’ll share all of your options and give you the pros and cons of each.

High humidity isn’t something to allow to fester. The longer the negative effects of humidity continue, the worse the damage will be, both to your family’s health and to your home.

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We want to help you save! New customers are eligible for up to $250 off of their first Crawl Space Moisture Control service.  Click the button below to print your coupon.

Get $250 Off Today

We want to help you save! New customers are eligible for up to $250 off of their first Crawl Space Moisture Control service.  Click the button below to print your coupon.

Crawl Space Drain Systems

 

Water in your crawl space is a problem for several reasons. It causes wood rot, pest activity, and mildew and mold growth. Additionally, because warm air rises, the moisture in your crawl space is drawn up into the upper levels of the home, bringing humidity and odors with it. Without a drain system to divert water out of and away from your crawl space, your home is susceptible to damage.

How Does Water Enter Crawl Spaces?

Many homes are built on land that hasn’t been graded properly. Even if the lot was graded when the home was built, over time and as landscaping evolves, drainage issues develop. When a home experiences a heavy rain, water can easily enter the crawl space.

Why It’s Important to Prevent Water in Your Crawl Space

When wood and other building materials are allowed to stay damp, mold, mildew, and termites thrive. These problems not only cause costly structural damage to your home, they also affect your family’s health. Here’s a look at why it’s essential to prevent water from sitting in your crawl space.

  1. Structural Damage — When water collects on the wood in the sub-structure of your home, rot can occur. Over time, wood begins to deteriorate, causing structural damage. Beyond the wood rot problem is the issue of termites. Termites thrive in moist, humid environments, and they consider the wood in your crawl space a feast. When faced with these factors, your sub-structure quickly becomes unstable.
  2. Excessive Energy Costs — Over 40% of the air in your home is drawn from your crawl space. Humidity rises with that air into the upper levels of the home. When you combat high humidity levels in your home with air conditioning, your energy bill rises.
  3. Pests — Pests like insects, snakes, and rodents enjoy living in humid crawl spaces. If they have access to the water they need to thrive, you may experience infestations.
  4. Health Problems — Mold spores and dust mites travel into the upper areas of your home, where your family lives. These allergens create respiratory problems, eye irritation, and headaches. For people who have a sensitivity or an allergy, these problems can be severe.

How We Use Drain Systems To Rid Crawl Spaces of Water

Because every situation is different and will require specific solutions, all of our drain system services are custom-designed, based on your individual situation and needs.

Our first step is to inspect your crawl space to find out where water is coming from.

  • Are there leaks that need to be fixed?
  • Are there cracks that need to be sealed?
  • Is the grading problematic?
  • Is water entering through the foundation?

We also look for damage that needs to be remediated.

  • Has wood rot set in?
  • Is there mold hiding in any tucked-away corners or in the insulation?

Based on your individual situation, we then recommend a drainage system that will take care of your water problem.

  • The system may include subsurface drains to take water to a central location to be removed from the crawl space.
  • It may involve a series of drains.

Foundation Ventilation

 

Your foundation is arguably the most important part of your home. If your foundation is compromised through moisture damage, the entire structure of your home is also susceptible to damage. For this reason, foundation ventilation should be a priority for homeowners.

Why It’s Important to Protect Your Foundation From Moisture

Moisture that’s allowed to sit around the foundation creates a variety of problems. First and foremost, it can enter and expand cracks, as mentioned. Beyond this, water can seep into your crawl space, where it accelerates mold growth and wood rot, and where it serves as a water source for pests like termites, rodents, and snakes. Here’s why it’s important to protect your foundation from moisture.

  1. Prevent Structural Damage — Wood and water don’t mix well. When wood sits in moisture, it begins to rot. Over time, your sub-structure starts to deteriorate. Combining with moisture damage is the impact of termites. Termites thrive in moist, humid environments, and as they eat away at your wood, the damage compromises your sub-structure.
  2. Avoid Mold — Mold colonies expand quickly in moist areas where they have access to wood and insulation, making your crawl space an ideal habitat.
  3. Protect From Pests — Water attracts pests of all kinds, including snakes and rodents. Allowed to thrive, pests can do their own damage to your home.

More on Mold

Why is mold in your crawl space such a problem? Although most homeowners never go into their crawl spaces, mold can seriously affect human health. Mold spores can easily travel through the air as it rises up from the crawl space into the upper levels of your home, where you and your family live.

Mold spores can cause a variety of physical symptoms, including coughing, headaches, and eye irritation. For people who have allergies, these symptoms can be severe.

The presence of mold can also affect your home’s value. If mold isn’t dealt with, it can impact the stability of the wood in your sub-structure. And home buyers don’t want to find out that there’s a mold problem in a house they’re considering.

How Foundation Ventilation Works to Prevent Moisture

Standard vents are inadequate for the humid South. They simply allow more humid air into the crawl space. Auto Temp-Vents are a solution that operate automatically, reacting to the air temperature to facilitate the flow of air. These vents allow air to flow but don’t allow pests to enter.

If your home requires extra venting power, we recommend Powered Temp-Vents. They’re designed for areas that need a higher rate of airflow and for areas that are hard to vent. These vents, while extremely effective, don’t demand much electricity, keeping your energy bill low.

We also install new openings for additional vents in the foundation if they’re needed. And we add foundation vent wells to prevent vents from accumulating dirt and debris.

Foundation Ventilation Protects Your Home

Foundation ventilation is an important step to protect your home from a variety of threats, from mold to termites to wood rot. Combined with a moisture barrier or encapsulation, it can give you peace of mind that your crawl space is safe from moisture and humidity.

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Mold Care

 

Crawl spaces that are left exposed to the ground or the outside air are ideal breeding grounds for mold and mildew. As humidity rises from the ground or enters through crawl space vents, wood and insulation collect moisture and form a habitat for fungi. The wood or insulation create food, and the moisture provides the water that mold and mildew need to survive. If you aren’t focusing on mold care for your crawl space, you’ll more than likely encounter this damaging scenario.

Why Mold and Mildew in Your Crawl Space Are Problematic

Many people believe that because the mold and mildew are in the crawl space (where they never go), these fungi aren’t problematic. Unfortunately, this belief just isn’t true. Mold spores are microscopic and can easily travel through the air as it rises up from the crawl space into the upper levels of your home.

Once mold spores are in your living areas, they can cause a variety of physical symptoms, including coughing, eye irritation, and headaches. For those who have allergies, these symptoms can be severe.

If mold is allowed to thrive long enough, it indicates that moisture is likely rotting the wood in your crawl space. Eventually, the deterioration may result in structural failure, which is extremely costly to repair.

What Causes Crawl Space Moisture?

If you have a severe mold problem, you may wonder how enough moisture gathered in your crawl space to produce such a high amount of mold. There are a few ways that water can get into crawl spaces.

Most crawl spaces are built directly on the dirt below the home, which allows moisture from the ground into the crawl space. This moisture fills the air as humidity and gets into the sub-structure. Surface condensation adds to this moisture if the crawl space isn’t sufficiently ventilated. If a home isn’t properly graded, rain can also enter the crawl space. Every time there’s a heavy rain, water flows in, creating puddles.

How We Prevent Mold in Your Crawl Space

First, you’ll need to make sure you don’t have an existing mold problem. Mold may not be immediately visible, particularly if it’s residing in insulation. It’s a good idea to have an inspection to identify if mold needs to first be removed.

Once all mold has been removed, you’ll want to make sure it doesn’t return. Mold care treatment is a liquid that is applied to the wooden substructure of a crawl space to prevent mold from growing on the floor joist, sills, and subfloor. We use Bora-Care with Mold-Care, which is one of the industry’s leading products for the control of mold fungi. It is also helps prevent an infestation of termites and other wood destroying pests.

This treatment pays for itself many times over, as it protects your home from damage that can impact your home’s value and be costly to repair.