Crawl Space Encapsulation
Crawl spaces with high moisture levels are a perfect habitat for mold, insects, and airborne pollutants. If you live in eastern Nebraska or western Iowa and have noticed a damp, musty smell emanating from your crawl space or one of the other tell-tale signs moisture issues, it is time to contact a waterproofing specialist like Jerry's Waterproofing. We can use crawl space encapsulation to make sure that your moisture issues are a thing of the past.
What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Crawl Space Encapsulation is a method of waterproofing your crawl space. We use a non-permeable membrane to stop the infiltration of water into your crawl space either through cracks in the walls or from the ground below.
This membrane is called a vapor barrier, and it will damp-proof your crawl space and diffuse moisture that can seep into your living space, creating high humidity levels.
The vapor barrier liner covers the entire area of the crawl space, including the ground, walls, and concrete supports. A vapor barrier is made out of a puncture- and tear-resistant liner used to prevent evaporation of ground moisture, and keep water from entering through the ground and walls.
Also, vapor barriers guard homes against harmful gases such as radon. We can combine a radon mitigation system with a vapor barrier to significantly lower radon levels.
If installed with a waterproofing system, water can be removed from the crawl space before it leads to water damage.
The products we use for crawl space encapsulation are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of foundation repair and basement waterproofing products made in the industry.
Vapor barriers stop the movement of water vapor. The ECP vapor barrier used by Jerry's Waterproofing is designed to prevent moisture from entering the crawl space using a triple-ply woven high-density polyethylene membrane. These barrier guards against mold, mildew, allergens, fungus, radon, and heat loss.
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Why You Need Crawl Space Encapsulation
Simply put, when it comes to crawl spaces, moisture is the enemy.
The problems that moisture causes in your crawl space can range from annoying (musty odors) to structural (sagging or uneven floors caused by wood rot weakening the joists and floor support) to health (issues caused by mold and mildew).
There are many benefits to having Jerry's Waterproofing install a crawl space vapor barrier. Not only does it lower utility costs, but it can also make your home more comfortable. In addition to the ones mentioned above, a vapor barrier offers the following advantages:
- Improves air quality
- Lowers utility bills
- Increases the value of your home
- Provides insulation
- Prevents water intrusion
- Protects pipes
- Keeps the floors comfortable year-round
- Gain valuable, useful storage space
Having a dry crawl space will not only prevent foundation problems, but it will also increase the longevity of your foundation for many years to come.
How to Know When You Need to Fix Your Crawl Space
In addition to mold and high moisture, look for other signs of crawl space problems such as:
- Cold upper-level floors during winter
- Rusty metal appliances
- Insect infestation or rodents
- Pooling water
- Wet, damp crawl space floor
- Wet insulation
- Open crawl space vents
- Respiratory issues
- Peeling paint on home's exterior
- High radon levels
- Wood rot
- Efflorescence on crawl space walls
Jerry's Waterproofing is Your Omaha-area Crawl Space Expert
If you have any of these issues, contact Jerry's Waterproofing today. We can inspect your crawl space to determine the source of your wet crawl space. We offer crawl space encapsulation to transform your moldy crawl space into a dry foundation.
Seeking a Crawl Space Encapsulation Contractor Near You? Contact Jerry's Waterproofing
Jerry's Waterproofing provides excellent workmanship. We use appropriate materials and tools to keep your crawl space clean and dry. Contact us today if you need crawl space encapsulation in not just our home city of Omaha, NE, but throughout much of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, including cities such as Lincoln, NE, and Council Bluffs, IA. We provide free estimates!