Crawlspace Waterproofing – Should Your Vapor Barrier Be Replaced? Manassas, VA
Vapor barriers are an important aspect of a crawlspace waterproofing system. If the vapor barrier is compromised, your crawlspace will be exposed to moisture, pests and a whole host of problems. It is therefore important to act as quickly as possible to have your vapor barrier replaced or repaired. The following are some questions you should ask in order to determine whether you should replace or repair your vapor barrier.
1. Does your vapor barrier meet the proper standards?
This is the standard that your vapor barrier should meet in order to ensure you can benefit from waterproofing your crawlspace. These standards ensure that vapor barriers used in crawlspace waterproofing have adequate tensile strength, water vapor resistance and puncture resistance to perform to industry standards. If your vapor barrier does not meet these standards, no amount of repair will help. It would be best to have the barrier replaced with one that meets these standards.
2. Are there signs of tears or punctures in the vapor barrier?
Vapor barriers can tear or be punctured over time, especially if you use the crawlspace to store items or to gain access to your home’s services such as plumbing or electrical. It is important to examine the wear and tear on your vapor barrier. If the vapor barrier appears weak or worn out in several areas, it may be a good idea to have it replaced. You may also want to consider storing items with sharp edges in another part of your home to avoid tearing or puncturing your new vapor barrier.
3. Has your vapor barrier been damaged by rodents?
Rodents may have infiltrated your crawlspace through an opening in your vapor barrier and caused even more damage to the vapor barrier. In such cases, it is important to have your crawlspace inspected and an exterminator called to get rid of the pests. You should then have your crawlspace cleaned and encapsulated once again. This is worth every penny to keep pests out of your crawlspace and home.
The best way to determine if you need to have your vapor barrier replaced is by consulting a crawlspace waterproofing contractor. They will inspect your crawlspace and determine the best approach to take.
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