Most people don’t think twice about the space beneath their home. They might store tools, parts, and random odds and ends down there, but other than when they must retrieve those items, the crawl space is often a forgotten area.
- Wood rot
- Wildlife infestations, like rats and snakes
- Increased risk of termite & pest activity
- Poor indoor air quality
- Aggravated allergies
- Increased heating and cooling bills
The Damage & Hazards
Unfortunately, crawl spaces typically have dirt floors, which makes them prime culprits for moisture entering the home. That’s because moisture infiltration in the form of water vapor from the soil, if not contained, can slowly erode your home from the ground up. We’re talking structural damage, electrical shorts, pipe erosion, and the degradation of insulation and fiberglass. Not to mention the risk of heavy allergens (like fungus, mold spores, and dust mite droppings) entering your living spaces.
What is a Vapor Barrier?
Crawl space vapor barriers are durable membranes that work by preventing the infiltration of water vapor into the crawl space. And when you combine a crawl space vapor barrier with a waterproofing system, now you have the ultimate moisture protection of the crawl space from both liquid water and water vapor before it has the chance to enter your building.
Now, it’s important to know these barriers only work to prevent ground moisture from migrating into your crawl space and building. Water runoff or leaking pipes could still result in moisture in the crawl space area, which is another reason to consider combining your barrier with a waterproofing system.