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January 24, 2019
What kind of shape is your crawlspace in? If your crawlspace is like many here in Upstate South Carolina, it’s an area of the home that you avoid due to musty odors and pests. It may even have standing water, which leads to unsightly mold and mildew growth.
These are all issues that can’t be resolved with simple deep cleaning. If you want to eliminate musty odors, mold growth, and other moisture related problems in the crawlspace, it’s important to remove the source of water first. Encapsulating the crawlspace using a heavy duty vapor barrier is a great start to addressing pesky water issues, but it’s only part of the puzzle. Here’s why.
Crawlspace Repair Starts with Targeting Water Issues
If you’ve done any research on repairing moisture-ridden crawlspaces, you may already know a thing or two about crawlspace encapsulation. Crawlspace encapsulation involves installing a thick vapor barrier along the crawlspace floor and foundation walls, and then sealing the barrier in place to keep out excess moisture.
Now, here’s what you may not know: before installing a vapor barrier in a crawlspace, it’s important to address any moisture and drainage issues first. That means removing any excess moisture, remediating existing mold, and ensuring proper drainage with a sump pump. Otherwise, moisture is likely to build up even underneath your new vapor barrier! Taking these steps before installing the vapor barrier will resolve water issues at the source and prevent future mold growth and structural damage.
Crawlspace Encapsulation: Our Complete Process
Because ensuring proper drainage is such an important step in the crawlspace repair process, we make it our top priority at the beginning of every crawlspace encapsulation project. Our complete crawlspace encapsulation process includes:
Water removal & drainage
Our team will remove excess moisture and ensure proper drainage using a sump pump to keep water out of the crawlspace.
This in-depth process kills existing mold and prevents future mold growth.
Encapsulation with a vapor barrier
After removing any loose debris, our team will seal a pool-grade vinyl barrier in place along the foundation floor and walls.
The final step to our process includes the installation of a commercial dehumidifier to dry out the area, and ultimately your home.
Fix the Standing Water in Your Crawlspace
Wondering what to do about your flooded crawlspace? Be sure to talk to a contractor who understands how to target crawlspace issues at the source — not just how to cover them up. At Benton Green Energy, we take pride in helping homeowners throughout Upstate SC, including Greenville, Simpsonville, and Spartanburg, resolve their crawlspace moisture issues for benefits like better indoor air quality and greater overall home health.
Standing water or mold in your crawlspace? We have the solution. Contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment.
Katy McIlvaine, Gear Solar
Dean Benton has been a great asset to SC in bringing innovative ideas for improving energy efficiency in residential and commercial projects statewide. I would highly recommend Dean Benton for evaluating your home or business.