Crawl Space Encapsulation – Eliminate Musty Smells DIY – Mold Encapsulation
- by Karl
Crawl spaces are inherently dirty smelly places that can contain all types of unwanted odors from mold & mildew to urine & feces. Some areas of the country can even have soil underneath the home with odorless, harmful gases like radon gas. I’m a big believer that the best long-term solution to solve these problems is to encapsulate the air underneath the home with a liner system. It is a inherently impossible to keep rodents, bugs and mold out of the area underneath the home since the soil is exposed – but it is relatively simple to create a barrier between the home and crawl space the keep out all these unwanted nuisances.
Looking for a way to improve your home’s comfort and efficiency? Hawk Crawlspace & Foundation Repair has the perfect solution! Our crawl space encapsulation system will keep your home’s crawl space sealed off from the outside world, preventing moisture and pests from entering. This will not only make your home more comfortable, but also increase its energy efficiency. So why wait? Contact Hawk Crawlspace & Foundation Repair today and see how we can help you!
I had a very nice lady write me the other day telling me about this house she had just purchased that formerly had many cats living in the crawl space and they left behind the smell of a giant litter box underneath her home. The odors were coming up through the wooden floor and creating a very fowl smell in the house. She told me she tried all different solutions: spreading baking soda, spraying an enzyme treatment originally intended for carpets & laying down new top soil – needless to say none worked. I wrote her back, apologized for her wasted time and suggested that she treat her crawl space like a wild beast that you can’t defeat, only contain. She took my advise, installed a crawl space encapsulation system and the smells immediately went away.
One of the most important aspects of your home is its foundation. That’s why when it comes time for repairs, you need a contractor you can trust. Hawk Crawlspace & Foundation Repair offers encapsulation services to keep your crawl space in top condition. Our experienced professionals use the latest technologies and equipment to get the job done right, and we always stand behind our work with a warranty. Contact us today to learn more!
Encapsulation systems are rated by permeability – 0.000 is the best, normal plastic is 0.01 and wood is 0.2. To stop all smells, moisture and gases look for an encapsulation liner system with a 0.000 permeability rating. A zero perm liner will also completely weatherize the crawl space and save on energy bills since the outside air won’t be able to leak into the home.
Thin Liners Don’t Encapsulate the Crawl Space
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received a call or been sent an email from a homeowner telling me how they went to Home Depot, bought a liner system as thin as a trash bag, spent an entire weekend installing it then didn’t solve their problem. Cheap store bought liners are typically 6-12 mil, 0.01 permeability and even new they don’t stop gases like Radon – they are also easily chewed through by bugs and rodents leaving the crawl space a year later leaking air like a sieve.
Are you concerned about the condition of your crawl space? Hawk Crawlspace & Foundation Repair can help! We offer encapsulation services to protect your home from moisture and pests. Our team is experienced and dedicated to providing quality service. Contact us today for a free estimate!
What to Look for
40 – 60 mil thickness, 0.000 permeability and antimicrobial so mildew can’t grow on the liner. Encapsulation systems don’t need a contractor to install (although trust me they won’t tell you that). Look for the Energy Star Rated logo.
Crawl spaces are inherently dirty smelly places that can contain all types of unwanted odors from mold & mildew to urine & feces. Some areas of the country can even have soil underneath the home with odorless, harmful gases like radon gas. I’m a big believer that the best long-term solution to solve these problems…