Why You Need to Install Crawl Space Vapor Barriers

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Why You Need to Install Crawl Space Vapor Barriers

5 Reasons Why You Need to Install Crawl Space Vapor Barriers

Crawl spaces typically have damp dirt floors that water can easily seep into. This added moisture puts your home at risk for mold and mildew growth, insect infestation, rust and rot—all of which can be costly to fix and may even pose a threat to your family’s health when left untreated or undetected. Damp crawl spaces call for vapor barrier installation.

A crawl space moisture barrier can be a valuable addition to your home’s protective systems, yet new homes don’t typically come with it. Whether you are building a new home or doing a major renovation, installing a vapor barrier beneath your home and in your crawl spaces can be useful in keeping your house’s structure in good shape, while preventing health problems that can arise from the presence of mold and mildew. Below are even more reasons why you should consider a vapor barrier installation in your home:

  • In addition to moisture control, a crawl space moisture barrier can also aid in controlling your home’s temperature. Moisture in the house impacts temperature and humidity levels, making your spaces warmer or cooler than they should be. When this happens, you have to run your furnace or air conditioner longer to compensate for the rise and fall of temperature and humidity levels. A moisture barrier can help reduce energy costs by keeping moisture out.
  • A vapor barrier installation works to limit the dampness in your home’s crawl spaces, preventing moisture from seeping through walls and floors, leaving no room for mold and mildew to grow. It also prevents damages typically caused by rusted metal, rotting wood, and compromised drywall because of moisture.
  • Installing a crawl space moisture barrier can also help reduce electrical hazards, preventing electrical shorts and fire hazards due to the presence of moisture in electrical components. With a vapor barrier, you also reduce risks of electrocution from grounded wiring.
  • With a vapor barrier installation, you protect your water and sewer pipelines by preventing moisture from collecting on them. A damp crawl space can weaken the structure of your pipes, causing them to break over time because of rot and rust. Vapor barriers help preserve the life of your pipelines.
  • Finally, a crawl space moisture barrier can preserve your home’s overall structure, keeping the wood from rotting and helping you avoid huge repair bills due to structural problems caused by moisture.