Charlotte Crawl Space Vapor Barrier Services
Crawl spaces tend to have high moisture and humidity, in general—and, in our region, Mother Nature packs a real punch with extremely high humidity in warmer months. Foundation vents along your home’s crawl space walls allow humid air to enter the zone beneath your floor. Condensation occurs and creates a conducive environment for fungal growth and termite activity.
To help address these moisture concerns, we provide our highly effective crawl space sealing and moisture reduction services.
Purpose of a Crawl Space
Crawl spaces are pretty common in the Charlotte area and, traditionally, they’re in homes that don’t have a basement or are not built on slabs. They provide easy access for home maintenance needs, such as plumbing and electrical services. Plus, they can be used for storage.
This is, no doubt, an important space—but one prone to moisture buildup that can quickly turn problematic. Moisture can get into a crawl space in multiple ways. For example, the soil’s moisture can seep in through the foundation walls. If there’s a drainage leak or plumbing issue, standing water can develop inside the crawl space. Plus, air entering the crawl space through the foundation vents can boost humidity, and will often create condensation when the humid air contacts cold AC ductwork..
However moisture gets in, this can damage your home’s structural integrity. Mold can grow, which can affect air quality in your living spaces. This can be especially problematic for family members with allergies/asthma, but isn’t healthy for anyone. To add to the challenges, this moisture can attract unwanted pests, and can create favorable living spaces for those pests.
Crawl space sealing can help.
Crawl Space Inspection
Investing money into areas of your Charlotte home that people don’t see is seldom on the top of anyone’s to-do list. However, your home’s foundation includes the dirt floor of your crawl space, an area that’s incredibly important to the home’s overall structure.
Step one, then, is a crawl space inspection by our trained technicians. We can let you know what we discover in our inspection, and recommend any needed solutions. What that solution will be can vary by your home’s unique characteristics and challenges. What we can tell you: After a thorough inspection and detailed analysis of relative humidity readings and moisture content data, we will bring only the necessary recommendations to your attention.
There are extensive and expensive solutions for people who aren’t concerned about cost. For those looking for an affordable answer, then Noosa’s Pest Management hybrid crawl space encapsulation in Charlotte, NC may be just what you need. It’s a combination of thick vapor barriers and the sealing of foundation vents.
Crawl Space Moisture Barriers
Having a crawl space vapor barrier is one of the most important things needed to defend your home against unwanted moisture. This plastic covering over your crawl space floor is designed to block any evaporation of moisture out of the soil from being absorbed into the wooden portions (flooring and framing) of this space.
Vapor barriers should cover 100% of the crawl space floor with no rips, tears, gaps, or missing sections. Next up is the thickness. While some companies will use a very thin 2 mil or 4 mil product, those will not hold up well when service professionals—such as your HVAC company or a plumber—crawl across it to do their own important work to protect your home.
Minimum thickness of this poly or vapor barrier should be 6 mil, and Noosa Pest Management always uses quality crawl space sealing materials.
Although vapor barriers may not sound glamourous, their role is to fight back against the moisture that can:
- Lead to fungi, mold, and sagging insulation
- Reduce the R-value of the insulation
- Potentially cause wood rot
- Contribute to structural issues
To protect your home, request a complimentary inspection by a Noosa Pest Management inspector today. The health of your home could depend on it! We’ll evaluate your vapor barrier and the overall health of your crawl space and share our findings with you. For heavy-duty jobs, we also offer total crawlspace encapsulations.
“We never knew we did not have the adequate protection from moisture in our crawl space. We also did not know that humidity control was something that existed in crawl spaces. Mr. Wingate opened our eyes to our issues and offered efficient and effective moisture reduction solutions to the needs of our home and our family. We literally breathe easier knowing Noosa has things under control in our crawlspace.”
Put your crawlspace worries and moisture reduction issues in the able hands of a Noosa Pest Management Professional today! Reach out to us, fill out our contact form below, or call 704-499-9922 to schedule your complimentary inspection!
Noosa Pest Management… Moisture reduction is our business and business is GOOD!