You’ve used insulation to keep the rest of your home at a comfortable temperature. Why would your crawl space need that same kind of protection? The more steps you take to keep your crawl space safe and dry, the less you’ll have to worry about the space suffering from damage. If your crawl space starts to show signs of wear and tear, you may rapidly find yourself dealing with a home that’s decreased in value.
Why does insulation keep moisture out of your home, and what does the installation process involve?
What Is the Benefit of Crawl Space Insulation?
Your home’s insulation works to lower your bills and make your space more comfortable to live in. While you may not be spending much of your leisure time in your crawl space, insulation there can do much the same work. This way, any pipes you have in your crawl space will be less likely to fall victim to leaks or cracks as a result of rapid changes in the weather.
More importantly, crawl space insulation can serve as a waterproofing measure. If you invest in a type of insulation that actively repels water, you can rely on said insulation to keep your crawl space dry and healthy. The less moisture makes its way into your crawl space, the less mold or damage you may have to deal with in the long run.
How to Install Crawl Space Insulation
It’s tempting to tackle this on your own, but not all projects are quick DIY installations. It’s always a good idea to reach out to one of the professional crawl space contractors working in Charlotte, NC, as the process is quite complex.
Here are the steps your local crawl space expert will take:
Step 1: Drain Your Crawl Space
If you’re fighting with moisture or standing water in your crawl space, you’ll need to clean your space out long before you can safely install your insulation. While crawl space insulation can keep moisture out of your home, it can’t always help you contend with the moisture that’s already made its way indoors. If you do have standing water, you may need to break out the buckets or invest in a sump pump.
Step 2: Repair Cracks or Other Damage
With the water out of your crawl space, you’ll need to invest in any structural repairs the space may demand. Installing insulation in a cracked or leaking crawl space will cause the insulation to suffer more damage in the long run. The damper your insulation gets, the more likely it is that it will transform from a waterproofing measure to a host for all manner of molds and moisture.
Step 3: Fit Your Vents and Doors
With cracks and leaks in your crawl space sealed away, you’ll want to make sure there isn’t enough room between your doors or vents for water to get inside. You can re-fit your doors into their places and close off vents with vent covers. In doing so, you’ll be cutting off entryways for air, water, and pests that otherwise would invade your crawl space to wreak havoc.
Step 4: Waterproof as Necessary
If you’re concerned about the state of your home and the amount of moisture that can get into your crawl space, you can talk with a local professional about additional waterproofing measures. These measures, ranging from internal drains to sump pumps, will all help you maintain your home’s overall value. Dehumidifiers also are great if you’re contending with a bit of extra moisture.
Step 5: Insulate
The insulation goes up next. There are many kinds of crawl space insulation, and most people defer to fiberglass. But this soft material can easily fall victim to water damage, mold growth, and pest infestation. Instead, invest in a waterproof and pest-resistant option like rigid ExTremeBloc™ panels.
Step 6: Encapsulate
Finally, seal off your crawl space and isolate it from the earth with crawl space encapsulation, one of the easiest ways to keep water out of your home. It’s always a good idea to pair insulation and encapsulation projects for the most comprehensive crawl space protection. The encapsulation process involves a vapor barrier that’s dense enough to keep both water and gas out of your home. You can work with a contractor to install your encapsulation material and enjoy its long-term waterproofing benefits. To learn more about the waterproofing and insulating measures that may suit your home best, you can reach out to the professionals at Mount Valley Foundation Services for a home inspection and a free quote on the services that can preserve your home’s value.