Crawl Space Vapor Barrier Installation in Kansas City
Crawl space encapsulation systems are designed to keep your crawl space dry—protecting your home from mold and structural damage, your budget from unnecessary spending on energy bills, and your family from filling their lungs with low-quality air. Although encapsulation systems consist of many different crawl space waterproofing solutions, one of the most important components of the system is a high-quality vapor barrier.
Crawl space vapor barriers (sometimes referred to as moisture barriers) are just what their name suggests—a plastic barrier that covers the walls and floors of your crawl space, preventing vapor and moisture from infiltrating your home. As a part of our crawl space encapsulation process, Foundation 1 will install a high-quality, durable, and mold- and mildew-resistant crawl space vapor barrier.
To learn more about how a crawl space vapor barrier can make your home cleaner, safer, and more energy-efficient, call Foundation 1 today! We provide free crawl space inspections throughout the Kansas City area.
Is a crawl space vapor barrier a necessary investment?
Crawl space waterproofing is certainly one of the best investments you can make for the overall safety and energy efficiency of your home, and a crawl space vapor barrier is a necessary element of any crawl space waterproofing system. Without a vapor barrier, moisture that evaporates from the exposed dirt floors and foundation walls of your crawl space can create many hazards—including fire hazards, structural damage, mold and mildew growth, pest infestations, and more. Installing a vapor barrier keeps your crawl space dry and healthy, and even presents an opportunity to use your crawl space for additional storage space.
A crawl space contractor can tell you more about the benefits of crawl space encapsulation, why it’s so important to remove excess moisture from your basement crawl space, how we perform crawl space repair and encapsulation, and how much it will cost to seal your home’s crawl space.
How much does it cost to install a vapor barrier in a crawl space?
The cost of your crawl space vapor barrier installation will depend on the size of your crawl space, the other crawl space waterproofing solutions that are installed as a part of your encapsulation system, and the extent of any water damage already present.
Foundation 1 provides free crawl space inspections, during which we can help you navigate the costs of crawl space vapor barrier installation and complete encapsulation. If you are ready to get rid of wood rot, odors, leaks, and moisture issues, let’s get started with crawl space sealing today!
How Crawl Space Vapor Barriers Work
A plastic vapor barrier works much like any other seal. Think of sealing a bowl of Tupperware with plastic wrap. You are creating a protective seal to prevent air from getting to your leftovers. With a vapor barrier, you are sealing your crawl space to keep moisture out.
Moisture can be extremely destructive to homes and dangerous for the families who live in them. For instance, moisture is a breeding ground for mold, and mold spores can be damaging to your health if you breathe them in. Moisture also damages the structural integrity of your home because water can break down your home’s foundation, walls, or floors. Sometimes, sump pumps or a drainage system aren’t enough to keep your crawl space dry.
Vapor barriers also help prevent excessive crawl space humidity by slowing the evaporation of moisture from dirt floors and foundation walls into the crawl space air. By controlling crawl space moisture, vapor barriers help create more energy-efficient homes, prevent the growth of mold, improve indoor air quality, and protect against water and structural damage.
Top Reasons for Waterproofing Crawl Spaces
Homeowners choose to waterproof their crawl spaces for a number of reasons. For instance, a homeowner may want to stabilize the moisture level in their home to improve their health and comfort. Here are the top reasons for installation of a crawl space encapsulation system.
Save on Energy Bills
High humidity can raise energy bills because humid air is more difficult to cool. Controlling your crawl space humidity with a crawl space vapor barrier can create greater energy-efficiency, thus reducing energy bills.
Prevent Mold and Mildew Growth
Mold grows on organic materials (such as the wooden support beams in your crawl space) when indoor temperatures exceed 40º F and relative humidity exceeds 60%. A crawl space vapor barrier can help create an unwelcoming environment for mold growth by helping to control temperature and humidity.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Thanks to a phenomenon called the stack effect, whatever air exists in your crawl space will circulate throughout the rest of your home. If the idea of breathing whatever is in your crawl space air makes you uncomfortable, it’s a sign you need crawl space encapsulation! A crawl space vapor barrier can help improve your home’s overall air quality by preventing mold and mildew growth, high humidity, and harmful gases from soil from circulating through your crawl space air.
Protect Against Structural Damage
A crawl space that has not been properly sealed and encapsulated can be at risk of damage caused by termites, dry rot, high humidity, mold, and water. All of these can compromise the wooden floor joists and support beams in your crawl space, damaging their capacity to bear the weight of your home. A vapor barrier helps prevent this kind of structural damage by creating an environment where these risk factors cannot thrive.
Call Kansas City’s Truste Crawl Space Vapor Barrier Installers!
Foundation 1 has been installing vapor barriers in crawl spaces in the Kansas City region for over twenty years. We have the experience, skills, and equipment to seal moisture out of your home and keep you and your family safe from the damaging effects of excess moisture.
For more information about crawl space vapor barriers and crawl space encapsulation, call Foundation 1 today! We provide free estimates to property owners throughout the entire Kansas City metropolitan area, in Kansas and Missouri.