6 Reasons to Install a Vapor Barrier | Crawlspace vapor barriers are a valuable addition to your home. However, many homeowners do not have one installed.
A crawlspace vapor barrier prevents ground moisture entering your home.
The barrier is usually made of 12 mil polyurethane sheeting. This heavy plastic covers the floor and walls of the crawlspace. This plastic is then seamed together and pined in place.
Before a vapor barrier is placed cracks or damage to the foundation needs to be addressed and fixed.
There are several reasons why you need to install crawlspace vapor barriers:
As moisture and humidity increases in a crawlspace it creates the perfect damp environment for mold and mildew to grow.
A mold infestation can impact the value of your home drastically. If the mold is not found or removed ASAP it can spread. Mold removal can be a very costly expense to get professionally removed.
Not only does mold cause structural damage it can also cause health issues.
Increased moisture in your home impacts the temperature. Moisture impacts the humidity level of your home, making it hotter or cooler than it should be.
With indoor temperatures increasing due too humidity you may be running your air conditioner more frequently. This than increases your energy costs.
Moisture and electrical systems do not go good together. Moisture can lead to electrical shorts and rusted wires.
Failing to reduce the moisture within your crawlspace or basement there is an increased risk of fire or electrocution.
A crawlspace usually has multiple pipes for your water and sewer lines.
If moisture is present on the pipes it can cause them to rust. Once pipes rust they are more susceptible to cracks and breaks.
Crawlspace moisture can cause the wood to rot. Rotted wood can cause structural damage, thus leading to costly repairs.
Crawlspace moisture can attract unwanted critters. These animals and insects could then cause damage to your homes’ structure.
The wood material, high humidity, temperature, and dirt floor make the crawlspace environment almost identical to the outdoor environment.
Mice, termites, spiders, beetles, snakes etc are common to move right into your crawlspace.
Keep a look out for signs of moisture beneath your house. If you notice the following you need to get a vapor barrier installed ASAP!
Standing Water in your Crawlspace
Peeling Exterior Paint
Mold and Mildew on the Walls and Flooring of Upper Levels
Rotting Wood on the Crawlspace Ceiling
Rusted Pipes in the Crawlspace
Allergy like Health Symptoms
Your home’s basement or crawlspace should always have a dehumidifier to help reduce moisture. With both the vapor barrier and a dehumidifier a home will be protected from moisture issues.
Check out our last blog post on the Importance of Dehumidifiers.