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Do I Need Encapsulation For My New Build?

Starting on the construction of a new home is an exciting journey filled with decisions big and small. However, amidst the excitement of planning your dream home, it's crucial not to overlook the often-neglected area beneath your house: the crawl space. Addressing crawl space issues early in the construction process can save you from costly repairs down the line and ensure the longevity and structural integrity of your new build.

Encapsulation


When should I start the process of crawl space waterproofing on my new build?

As soon as the foundation is set for your new home, it's time to start thinking about long-term crawl space protection. The crawl space plays a pivotal role in supporting your home's structure, but it's also susceptible to moisture infiltration, which can lead to a host of problems if left unchecked. This is why we recommend reaching out early to ensure you have the right products to keep your home protected from moisture and humidity.


I-Joist Mold

Should I be concerned about moisture or humidity in the crawl space of a new build?

Moisture and humidity are the worst enemy of your new home. I-joists, commonly used in modern construction, are particularly vulnerable to moisture. When moisture absorbs into these joists, it creates an environment ready for mold growth and wood rot. This not only compromises the structural integrity of your home but also poses health risks to its occupants. Even if I-joists are not used, other structural elements will become compromised the longer you wait to take action.

 Also, many homes are being built without traditional vents, and contractors may overlook the need for a dehumidifier in the crawl space. However, these mistakes can make moisture problems worse instead of solving them. Consulting with a crawl space specialist during the construction process ensures that proper drainage and ventilation systems are in place to prevent moisture buildup under your new home.


Crawl Space Moisture

Will Waiting To Waterproof My Crawl Space Cause Damage?

Delaying crawl space protection until after construction can lead to serious damage and expenses. Problems like pest infestations, mold growth, structural issues, and energy inefficiency worsen over time, resulting in higher repair bills later on.


Additionally, dealing with mold can be costly. If mold is found, you'll need to remove and replace insulation soaked with moisture and contaminated

by mold spores. Taking a proactive stance now will

safeguard your new home and save you from these worries later.

 

How do I protect my crawl space proactively? 

We have seen it before, not only a month or two into the new build and the homeowners already have significant mold growth. Finding a contractor who understands the importance of addressing crawl space issues right from the start is paramount. By taking proactive measures to prevent moisture infiltration and protect the integrity of the structure, you can avoid costly repairs and mold remediation efforts later on.

Encapsulation


The Solution: Crawl Space Encapsulation Encapsulating is the ultimate protection for your home against moisture and humidity.  This process typically includes: Installation of Vapor Barrier: A heavy-duty, zero-perm vapor barrier and felt

underlayment are laid across the floor and up the walls of the crawl space to prevent

moisture from seeping in.

Sealing Vents and Gaps: Any existing vents or openings in the crawl space are sealed to prevent outside air, moisture, and pests from entering.

Exhaust Vent Fan: Installing an exhaust vent fan to prevent soil gas buildup


Dehumidification: Installing an AprilAire dehumidifier helps maintain optimal humidity levels, further preventing mold growth and moisture buildup. Wifi water sensors are also utilized as an added layer of protection.

Custom Door Installation: A custom-built, all-composite door is installed to keep out anything unwanted including moisture and pests.

Additional Lighting: We install strategically placed lights so that your space is well-lit and readily accessible for any future work you may need to undertake. Our encapsulations are backed by a 30-year transferable warranty, providing you with long-term peace of mind. Additionally, we offer an optional annual service plan for added convenience and continued support.

 

While encapsulating the crawl space may seem like an additional expense during the construction of your new home, the long-term benefits far outweigh the initial investment. From protecting your home against moisture damage to improving indoor air quality and energy efficiency, encapsulation is a wise choice that will pay dividends for years to come. So, as you plan your new build, don't overlook the importance of encapsulating the crawl space—it's a decision that will contribute to the comfort, health, and longevity of your home.


Call us for all of your waterproofing or structural needs at 270.556.7075 or fill out our contact form here.



The Crawlspace Ace


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