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Is a Crawl Space Moisture Barrier Really Necessary?

By Edited Dec 14, 2013 1 1

Moist environment can give your house a lot of damages. Molds, musty odors, and structural damages as well as the insects and critters are growing simultaneously.

Moisture ruins the house by providing a hospitable place for molds, fungi and insects which destroy wood framing. You do not want you house to be infested by these especially if your kids could be affected.

It is not healthy to breathe the air that came from the crawl space because of its harmful effects. It will be too risky to just let it happen like that.

Of course, like any other problem, there is a very quick solution. Crawl space moisture barrier can definitely help you with this problem.

There are four balancing factors to dictate home's moisture balance: source strength, temperature, moisture transfer rate and circulation-ventilation rate.

If you have a problem with of these, you are guaranteed that you have a moisture problem in your home. Determining the source is the first step. The source of moisture may come from roof leaks, gutter, downsprout problems, damp foundations and flat property with inadequate natural drainage.

Add vents to your foundation to circulate air properly. You also have to knock out some cinder blocks and put a screen in it. Next, add a crawl space fan to monitor the crawl space's humidity.

Installing a 20-mil 7-ply sandwich of high and low-density polyethylene with polyester-cord reinforcement on the dirt or concrete floor, which is fastened and epoxied on the walls.

It will protect your wall and floor from mold and some yucky mildew growth beneath the crawl space liner.

Crawl space barriers will properly seal and remove the moisture from the ground and air is part of the solution that prevents molds, radon and insect which lead to a healthier and energy-efficient home.

You can also use the crawl space as another part of the house. Its dry, properly conditioned space will make it possible for you to add space for your home.

You can definitely save energy and repairing cost because of this crawlspace moisture barrier. Your crawlspace is an integral part of your house so you have to make sure that it is neat, clean and accessible. Inspecting it often for some signs of moisture or mildew will make it easier for you to repair immediately.



Feb 11, 2011 3:39pm
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