There are many aspects of life in which ideas that were once believed as fact have been changed over the course of time, having been proved to be false. Some of these ideas, however, worked better for the time they were adopted in and no longer benefit or even cause damage when applied to things of today’s standards. The example that we will discuss in this article today is how crawl space foundations homes were built with ventilation systems for a period of time, and that builders had to abide by this code for reasons that no longer apply today. If your home has a crawl space foundation that has been built to these standards, there are solutions you can implement to update any of the previous methods that had been used during the construction of your home.
Years ago, crawl spaces were understood to have been best constructed for your home with vents installed throughout the walls of the foundation. The reason for this was so that an air exchange would be achieved, allowing for fresh air to enter in while stagnant air was pushed out. While this method might have proved more beneficial for homes back when air conditioning was much more scarce then it is today, the way our homes are built now are experiencing problems from this design. When warm and moisture filled air enters in, a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and pests is created.
Removing the vents from the walls of your crawl space foundation, or efficiently sealing them off from the inside, will deliver the following benefits to the health of your home’s foundation. Keep in mind, however, this practice should also be coupled with sealing off the ground of your crawl space, as it too contributes moisture to the environment of the crawl space. There will be a complete elimination of mildew, mold, and other related odors when your crawl space vents, as well as any cracks or gaps in the foundation and exposed floor are completely sealed off.
A crawl space that has been sealed can achieve a dry, arid climate that maintains cleanliness. Another thing that begins to level out is the temperature of the climate of the crawl space. There will no longer be a clashing of cool and warm air from the communication with the outside. With a professional encapsulation installation, the temperature will maintain a regular and steady temperature that is much more energy efficient for the HVAC system of your home. Otherwise, your air conditioning has to work many times harder to keep converting the newly entering warm air into cool air.
In short, modern technology, in combination with recent scientific studies have proved crawl space vents to be obsolete. Homeowners that are having a problem with the quality and condition of your crawl space foundation would find great benefit in considering a professional encapsulation for sealing off your crawl space vents and other problems. Give Barrier Waterproofing Systems a call at (615) 257-1060 | (931) 536-1168 to improve the comfort, air quality, and energy efficiency of your home with our high quality vapor barrier waterproofing materials.