Charlotte Crawl Space Encapsulation Services
In the Charlotte, North Carolina region, crawl spaces are common in homes that don’t have basements or aren’t built on slabs. They’re an important part of the house, a place that can provide homeowners and repair personnel with easy access to pipes, wires, and more to keep crucial systems in the home working well. Plus, these spaces can be used for storage.
Problems can—and do—occur in these spaces, though, when they have high moisture and humidity, which can often be a problem in North Carolina. In our state, humidity can be especially high during warmer months and, when humid air gets into the crawl space, condensation can take place—creating an ideal environment for things you don’t want: mold and other fungal growth, termite activity, and other pest problems.
Fortunately, Noosa provides a premiere solution for this challenge using an encapsulation process that’s second to none. So, if you need crawl space encapsulation in Charlotte, NC, please contact us online or call 704-499-9922.
Problems Caused by Moisture and Humidity
Moisture and humidity can, unfortunately, create just the right environment for fungal growth—and moisture can get into your crawl space all too easily. For example, moisture that’s in the soil can seep into the walls of your home’s foundation and, if there’s a plumbing issue or drainage leak, then this can create standing water inside of the crawl space. Air coming in through foundation vents can add to the problem, with condensation often forming when humid air comes into contact with cold air conditioning ductwork.
If you go down into your crawl space and clusters of dirty-looking substances are in the corners, or on posts, joists, or girders—or if there is a funky, musty smell—then this is a sign that mold may already be growing there. In fact, in the early growth stages, mold can be mistaken for dirt. Plus, if someone in your family is sneezing more often or otherwise exhibiting allergy symptoms, this may be an indication of the presence of mold in the house.
With enough moisture, mold and other fungi can develop in just 24 to 48 hours, continuing to spread unless its growth is interrupted and the fungi addressed. This means that fungi can thrive in crawl spaces, a place in your home that you don’t visit regularly.
So, what should you do? According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), if there’s a mold problem in the home, “act quickly. Mold damages what it grows on. The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause.”
Note: the bolding on “act quickly” is from the EPA. Once a microscopic mold spore falls on a damp spot, it begins to grow and has the “potential to cause health problems” by creating allergens. This makes mold especially problematic for people with allergies and/or asthma, although it’s not healthy for anyone.
A moist environment can also contribute to a reduction in insulation R-values and damage the insulation; cause wood rot; and otherwise contribute to structural issues in your Charlotte home.
Plus, this type of environment attracts termites and other pests, which can cause problems with the structural integrity of the home. If you suspect that you have a termite infestation, know that homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover termite damage—meaning, it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to manage this pest activity.
To help, here is info about our termite control services, which include annual inspections where we look for signs of termite infestations and/or conditions that can make your home attractive to these destructive pests.
Crawl Space Inspection
Most people don’t spend much time in their crawl spaces and so it’s natural to not really be aware of its levels of moisture and humidity or to know when problems are developing. But, because the crawl space’s dirt floor is part of your home’s foundation, this area is crucial to the overall structure and condition of the house—and so having the crawl space inspected is a key step in protecting its integrity.
No two homes in the Charlotte area are alike, with each one having unique characteristics and challenges. No matter the characteristics of yours, though, our technicians are trained in how to conduct a quality inspection. As part of our inspection, we’ll include a detailed analysis of relative humidity readings and moisture content data, sharing our comprehensive findings with you and recommending solutions for any problems we find.
No matter what the results of our inspection are, the Noosa promise remains the same: We’ll only bring necessary recommendations to your attention.
Going Beyond Crawl Space Vapor Barriers
Perhaps you’ve already used or have considered using Noosa’s crawl space vapor barrier service. This service involves having a plastic covering placed over your crawl space floor to block any of the moisture that’s evaporating out of the soil from becoming absorbed into the flooring, framing, or other wooden portions of your home’s crawl space. In some cases, this service will provide all that you need to protect your home.
For maximum protection, though, we recommend crawl space encapsulation services.
With our crawl space encapsulation services, our dedicated technician team goes right to the root of the problem to provide a long-term solution. Components of this service include:
- Removing all insulation in the crawl space subflooring to facilitate fungi removal and then disposing of this material off-site
- Removing the existing crawl space vapor barrier and disposing of this material off-site
- Applying best practices mold cleaning solution to clean and remove fungal growth from wood; note that, if there are places where mold growth has been especially heavy, there may be some permanent discoloration to the wood.
Please note: The foam insulation board that will be placed around the interior foundation walls serves as insulation for the crawl space, according to building codes. Replacement of subflooring insulation is the homeowner’s choice and responsibility.
After applying the mold cleaning solution, our technicians will:
- Prep the space for its floor liner by leveling and raking the crawl space floor and removing any debris.
- Install foam insulation board (2 ½”) to all interior foundation walls and pilasters.
- Wrap and install the plastic liners to the crawl space piers.
- Install a new floor liner (12 mil), overlapping and appropriately taping all seams.
- Permanently install a commercial-grade dehumidifier that will distribute dehumidified air throughout the crawl space. For proper operation, this machine will need to be regularly monitored.
- Affix ductwork to the unit to allow for proper distribution and circulation of the dehumidified air.
- Install a condensate pump to remove water that is collected through the dehumidifier’s operation. Our team will take care of this as part of the crawl space waterproofing, and collected water will be discharged beyond the crawl space’s foundation walls.
- Illuminate the area by installing LED string lights throughout the crawl space.
- Install a permanent hygrometer to monitor the crawl space’s relative humidity. Information about the humidity will be available to you at all times through an app.
Another note: to power the dehumidifier and condensate pump, a GFI outlet on a dedicated circuit will need to be installed in the sealed crawl space. This will be done by a licensed electrician and this is included in the crawl space encapsulation cost.
Interested in finding out if our crawl space waterproofing services would be right for your home? Contact us online or call 704-499-9922 for a free inspection. We transparently share our findings and service information, including the crawl space encapsulation cost, processes, warranties, and much more.
Choosing Noosa Pest Management
Our locally owned and operated business has been providing pest control services and more to our community since 2006 with a focus on meeting your needs while minimizing the impact on the environment. No matter what you need, you can count on owner Fred Wingate (“Chief Bugman”) and our entire Noosa family to solve your pest control and crawl space problems. When you say “yes” to Noosa, you’re saying “yes” to an entire team of experts who care about you and your family; our community; and our Earth.
We recognize that some issues just can’t wait for a solution. So, we guarantee an immediate response during business hours. Then, during your appointment, we’ll take our time. We won’t rush. No hurrying. We’ll provide you with all the time and attention you’ll need.
Our service areas include:
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Fort Mill, North Carolina
- Huntersville, North Carolina
- Cornelius/Lake Norman, North Carolina
- Mooresville, North Carolina
- Mathews, North Carolina
- Davidson, North Carolina
- Tega Cay, South Carolina
- Indian Land, South Carolina
- York, South Carolina
Don’t see your area listed? Contact us, anyhow! We love expanding our service areas.
Noosa Pest Management in Charlotte recognizes how there is no one size fits all solution to any problem, so we customize our services for each customer, providing them right when you need them. Let’s talk! Contact us online or call 704-499-9922 today.