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Crawlspace Encapsulation

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    Crawlspaces are dark and dank places that are often ignored by most homeowners. Frequently we find that they are filled with old paint cans, yard debris, the occasional rodent, and many times mold. Insulation is often missing; vapor barriers are torn or in some instances not even present. There is a term called “Stack Effect” which shows that air is constantly moving through your entire home, from your crawlspace and all the way to your attic. Due to the fact that your home circulates all air in the structure, your crawlspace can be a hidden nightmare.

    CRAWLSPACE ENCAPSULATION

    The days of just throwing a thin sheet of plastic (called a vapor barrier) in your crawlspace and hoping for the best are long gone. Mold spores and evaporating water encroaching into the portion you live in can cause serious health issues. Systems have been developed throughout the years to not only address the mold and moisture issue, but to also turn your crawlspace into a clean, climate-controlled area. Many of our customers use their new crawlspaces as additional storage. The bonus is that in many cases, their energy bills are reduced by 20- 30%. This process is referred to as Crawlspace Encapsulation.

    Crawlspace Waterproofing Solutions

    Every crawlspace is unique in the solution that it requires. We offer solutions ranging from small drainage systems all the way to full encapsulation. Some crawlspaces have water coming through the foundation walls. Other have water coming through the earth in the middle of the crawlspace. Far too often, we have customers ask to simply replace the plastic sheeting (6 mil vapor barrier) on top of damp ground. This does little to aid in solving the problems.

    Crawlspace Waterproofing Solutions

    It is Aladdin Home Solutions’s company mandate that we won’t sell something to a customer if it doesn’t solve a problem. Instead, we offer solutions range from, as little as drainage systems, all the way to full encapsulation. Our Inspectors are thoroughly trained to give you the best and most economical solution for your crawlspace. Likewise, your ultimate goals for the crawlspace will also help guide them in recommending the best solution that meets all your needs.

    EZ-FLOW Drainage System

    In instances where water is only penetrating through the foundation walls and/or cove joints, we typically install an interior EZ-Flow Drainage system. The installers dig all the way to the footer, install a base layer of gravel, and then install the EZ-Flow pipe around the perimeter of area being waterproofed.

    EZ-FLOW Drainage System

    It is then channeled into the sump pump system. A vapor shield is then permanently mounted (grade level) to the wall to capture any and all water and direct it into the EZ-Flow. Finally, a vapor barrier is installed over the earth to prevent water from evaporating into the above structure.

    Crawlspace Encapsulation System

    Encapsulating your crawlspace is important due to the fact that it’s sealing your home from the outside elements and turning your crawlspace into a clean storage area. The process is relatively simple: 

     

    Upon arrival, our installers first remove all of the insulation and the previously existing vapor barrier. Note: It is important to remove the existing insulation to prevent moisture from getting trapped between the insulation and subfloor above. 

     

    Once this has been complete, we seal all of the crawlspace vents with a 2 inch foam board and urethane foam to ensure that outside air will no longer bring moisture into your home. Second, we wrap all concrete, brick, or cinder block support columns with the 14ml Flexi-Seal vapor barrier. This is done to prevent moisture from candle-wicking up the columns and into your home. 

     

    Then we apply the vapor barrier around the perimeter walls. Per pest control standards, we typically start the walls approximately 6-8 inches below the top of the wall. This allows termite companies to treat your home without damaging your system.   Once that is complete, we install the 14ml Flexi-Seal vapor barrier on top of the barren earth (or optional drainage matting). All seams are overlapped and sealed with a waterproof tape. Due to the fact that it is double laced, our vapor barrier is extremely durable and very difficult to damage. All encapsulations come with a LifeTime of the structure warranty.

     

    The most important part of the encapsulation is the installation of a commercial crawlspace dehumidifier.  We exclusively sell and install AprilAire dehumidifiers.  They are the best on the market, and we have customers that have been running theirs for almost 20 years!  The purpose of the dehumidifier is to create a warm and dry environment in your crawlspace and prevent any moisture from intruding into the rest of your home. An added benefit to encapsulating your crawlspace is the energy savings your will enjoy. During the summer, your air conditioner is no longer trying to process the moisture evaporating into your home. Instead, it is able to work at peak performance, thus decreasing your power bill by as much as 20-35%!

     

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    Removal of Insulation

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    Debris Removal

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    Seal Vents and Doors

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    Dehumidification

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