At Liberty Inspections, excess moisture in crawl spaces is one of the most common issues we encounter in the homes in our area. Without an adequate vapor barrier, a humid crawl space can become a haven for mold and mildew growth. Over time, this can contribute to serious problems elsewhere in a home such as unpleasant odors. If left unchecked, moisture buildup in a crawl space can even cause floor joists to rot, thereby compromising their structural integrity.
The good news is, these moisture issues can be effectively eliminated with a process called crawl space encapsulation.
This method involves sealing the entire crawl space—walls, floor and vents—with a heavy-duty polyethylene barrier to prevent moisture intrusions. This barrier is similar to the linings used in swimming pools to prevent leaks. After the crawl space has been thoroughly sealed (encapsulated) a dehumidifier is typically installed to help regulate humidity levels in the space.
Crawl space encapsulation is an elegantly simple solution to a potentially serious problem.
Concerned about moisture issues in a home you’re thinking about buying? Thermal imaging can identify signs of water damage, missing insulation and other problems that you may not be able to spot during a walkthrough. In the event that we identify any areas of concern, we’ll provide you with a detailed description of the problem as well as suggestions for remediation.