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Crawlspaces are a common feature found in homes throughout Westchester County, NY. Often considered “out of sight, out of mind,” the crawlspace tends to go overlooked, especially in older homes. What many people don’t realize, however, is that crawlspaces can actually lead to a host of home performance issues, many of which are difficult to pinpoint.
If you want to take control of your home’s energy efficiency, the crawlspace is one of the first places to look.
What is a Crawlspace?
Crawlspaces are typically found in homes that either lack a basement or have not been built on a concrete slab. In some cases, crawlspaces can be found between walls (especially in commercial buildings). They’re installed with the purpose of promoting air circulation throughout the home or building and also to allow access to plumbing and electrical for maintenance and repair. Pipes, substructures and other hidden elements of the home can also be accessed via most crawlspaces.
Why Crawlspace Encapsulation?
No crawlspace is intended to be used as a living space, but they can be used for storage. Storing items in an open crawlspace is never a good idea, however, as moisture from the soil, humidity, pests and other factors can result in irreversible damage. The rest of your home is also at risk, as poor indoor air quality that starts in your crawlspace can affect the health of inhabitants, and pests and moisture can result in structural damage.
By encapsulating your crawlspace, these and other issues can be eradicated immediately.
The Benefits of Encapsulating Your Crawlspace
There are many reasons to encapsulate a crawlspace. Some of the benefits include:
Improved Home Structural Integrity
Enhanced Indoor Air Quality
Reduced Symptoms of Respiratory Illness / Allergies
Increased Indoor Comfort
Lower Energy Bills
No More Mold / Pests
The BrightHOME Process
At BrightHOME, we’ve seen firsthand on countless occasions just how beneficial crawlspace encapsulation can be in homes throughout Westchester County. We start by surveying the crawlspace, taking note as to whether or not it can be encapsulated in its current form or if modifications must first be made.
After that, we work to seal the crawlspace with high-performance air sealing and insulation methods, installing a vapor barrier so that moisture no longer becomes a problem. After the work is completed, we’ll test your crawlspace to ensure that you’re getting the most out of home comfort and energy efficiency.
It’s time to take control of your home’s crawlspace, and BrightHOME can help. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment!