Crawlspace Waterproofing Myths about Sealed Crawlspaces
Is your crawlspace vented? Modern crawlspace waterproofing systems often involve completely sealing the crawlspace. This has been proven as one of the most effective ways to protect crawlspaces. However, there are still a few things that homeowners don’t understand about sealed crawlspaces. Below, we discuss some of the myths that homeowners believe about sealed crawlspaces.
Myth 1: Most moisture in a crawlspace comes from vents and openings in the crawlspace
This is completely false. Any crawlspace waterproofing professional will tell you that most of the moisture in the crawlspace comes from the soil in the crawlspace. This is why sealing the vents in the crawlspace isn’t enough. It is still necessary to install a vapor barrier on the floor of the crawlspace to keep moisture from the soil within the crawlspace from entering the crawlspace.
Myth 2: Encapsulating a crawlspace will keep out all the moisture
While encapsulating the crawlspace will reduce the volume of moisture entering the crawlspace significantly, it will not completely eliminate the entry of moisture. This is why crawlspace waterproofing contractors recommend that you have a dehumidifier installed in the crawlspace. The dehumidifier will help to get rid of moisture in the air within the crawlspace.
Myth 3: You can improve the air quality in your living space by running a duct to the crawlspace from your HVAC system
Running a duct to the crawlspace from the living area above will result in the creation of negative pressure within the living area. This will in turn result in air moving from the outside of the home through spaces such as cracks, windows and doors into the living space. This air comes with contaminants from the outdoors. The air quality of your living area will therefore be compromised.
Another disadvantage of running a duct to the crawlspace is the increase in utility bills. As cold or hot air from the external environment is drawn into the home, the HVAC system will have to work harder to create a comfortable indoor environment. This will mean using more energy and thus higher energy bills.
Talk to a crawlspace waterproofing contractor
Having your crawlspace sealed is an effective way to protect your crawlspace and your home in general. Get in touch with us to speak with a crawlspace waterproofing professional and get a better understanding of how waterproofing works. We will provide you with a waterproofing system designed to meet your specific needs and requirements.
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