Maintaining Your Home’s Crawl Space
It is essential that any home’s crawl space remains dry and properly insulated. When it’s properly cared for by you or a professional such as Clean Crawls, you will enjoy several benefits to the rest of your home’s environment. A properly maintained crawl space affects the moisture levels and the heating and cooling of the home’s livable areas. Our business can help make sure your crawl space is properly insulated, typically by using spray foam insulation, as well as sealed off from the elements and excess moisture. Here are four things yourself to properly maintain the condition of your crawl space.
Spray Foam Insulation
Typically installed by professionals, spray foam insulation is an excellent solution for any crawl space or attic. When it’s sprayed onto surfaces of walls, floors and ceilings, it expands to fill the space it’s sprayed into, sealing cracks and taking up every inch of space available between rafters or wall frames. It has the highest R-value compared to any other insulation material (which refers to its ability to resist heat flow, meaning it’ll keep heat in your house where it belongs), and its spongy texture and waterproof construction keeps moisture out as it seals gaps. In addition, if you have any water pipes in your crawl space, proper insulation ensures they won’t freeze in cold weather.
It’s important to keep your crawl space clean and free of clutter, if possible. This helps keep it drier and better insulated. You should only store small items in your crawl space that are well sealed from critters and insects.
Vapor Barriers or Liners
Along with the spray foam insulation, consider installing a vapor barrier or polymer liners on the floors and ceiling as well. It keeps moisture out and prevents mold and mildew from building up in this space, which would likely create an unpleasant musty odor that can leach out into the rest of your house. A properly installed vapor barrier will help keep your crawl space dry. Vapor barriers and linings are also much easier to install than concrete, especially in such a small space. Moisture can pass through concrete, but not vapor barriers. Polymer liners are also easy to fit around any existing pipes or poles that may be in the space.
Close Any Vents
Long ago, it was thought that having a vented crawl space was beneficial because it would allow air to circulate and prevent moisture from building up. However, in recent years, that idea has been debunked, as having a vented crawl space can actually make moisture problems worse. It is preferable for it to be sealed completely from the outside. If your home is older construction and it does have vents, be sure to keep them completely closed.
Properly insulating your home’s crawl space can make a huge difference in your home’s humidity levels and allow you to enjoy significant energy savings. A sealed, properly insulated crawlspace makes your heating and cooling systems more efficient and adds value to your home.