Thursday, May 10th, 2018 by Kelsey Bullerdick
Standards in home building have changed significantly over the years. Greater severe weather tolerance, better energy efficiency, and non-toxic building materials are just a few of the perks that modern homes enjoy today thanks to updates to the International Residential Code (IRC). In fact, it's become increasingly popular for homebuilders to go above and beyond IRC requirements to include environmentally friendly features like natural light, fresh air, and eco-friendly building materials.
Improved home building codes, best practices, and scientific advancements have shown us how to build crawl spaces that make homes healthier, cleaner, and much more energy efficient. However, building codes here in Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois allow both vented and closed crawl spaces, so how do you know what's right for your home? The answer is all in the humidity and moisture levels. And we can all agree to how hot and humid summers in the Midwest can be, it's likely that a closed, or encapsulated, crawl space is the best solution for your home.
When homeowners have a problem with water intrusion, it's an obvious problem. So why does it matter in a home with a dirt floor crawl space? Keep reading below to learn about how humidity, moisture, and chemicals can cause major problems for your whole home.
Mold and fungi: dampness can breed mold and fungi that rise with warm air into your home living space.
Structural damage: moisture and high humidity can cause wood rot and degrade building materials.
Poor air quality: Humidity and moisture lead to musty odors, allergens and dust, and rises to enter the living space.
Bugs and critters are attracted by the moisture and humidity and can cause wood rot and structural damage.
Rising energy costs: Having a vented crawl space lets in humidity in the summer and cool air in the winter, leading to higher heating and cooling costs.
If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, your crawlspace could have structural damage, mold, or air quality issues.
Improved air quality - no musty odors, reduced dust and allergens
Greater durability and reduced risk for structural damage
No bug food, therefore no bugs
Increased storage space for your home
15-20% savings in energy costs
Now that you know more about the difference between vented crawl spaces and encapsulation, you may have an idea of what's best for your home. It's clear that having an unsealed crawl space allows mold to grow, attracts bugs and critters, and contributes to poor air quality - not to mention the potential for structural damage and wood rot. So, what can you do?
If you suspect a problem with your crawl space, have us out for a free inspection. Our solutions create a complete barrier between the exposed dirt floors beneath your home, eliminating excess moisture and allergens, and protecting your home against rot, mold, mildew, and pests.