Crawl Space Vapor Barrier
Typical crawl spaces are moldy, foul-smelling spaces that homeowners avoid at all costs. Many of them flood, and they're often filled with debris left over from when the house was constructed.
In more extreme cases, they can be rotting structures with rodents, animals and other pests living within them.
At L.R.E. Ground Services, Inc., it's our job to make sure that your musty crawl space is transformed into a cleaner, drier, healthier, and more energy-efficient area.
One crawl space solution that turns your unsightly crawl space into a usable, clean space is a vapor barrier.
Installing a crawl space vapor barrier
Installing a crawl space vapor barrier is a job best left to the professionals. There are careful steps to take to ensure the crawl space is correctly sealed. Here are the steps our team of experts go through when we’re asked to install a vapor barrier in a client’s crawl space:
Install airtight doors & vent covers
Sealing your crawl space doors and vents can help stop the cycle of cold, humidity, and moisture entering from the outside air. However, water can still enter your crawl space in other ways.
Remove standing water sources
The next step is to eliminate any sources of flooding in your crawl space by installing a crawl space drain and sump pump system. This eliminates flooding water from your crawl space, but moisture can still enter directly through the concrete and floor in the form of water vapor.
If your crawl space is sagging or damaged by prolonged mold and rot, the next step is to install crawl space support jacks to help restore your structure. This will help your floors stay even and stop any structural sagging upstairs.
Encapsulate & Insulate
To stop moisture from passing through your floors and porous concrete walls, a crawl space vapor barrier should be installed. A durable liner will allow for servicemen to use the space without damage while transforming your crawl space into usable storage space.
This is also the best time to install crawl space insulation on your walls or floors. Installing crawl space drainage matting underneath the crawl space liner will help direct water to the drainage system and sump pump.
Install a dehumidifier
Installing an energy-efficient, self-draining crawl space dehumidifier will keep your space dry. Our crawl space dehumidifier system includes a filter that removes particles from the air as small as 2 microns. This ensures that your crawl space is protected from mold, dust mites, and mildew damage -- permanently!
Before and after crawl space vapor barrier
Excess moisture in a vented, dirt-floored crawl space can damage insulation while also causing mold problems.
Heavy-duty moisture barriers used in the encapsulation process transform the crawl space into a dry, clean, energy-efficient part of the house.
Why L.R.E. Ground Services for your crawl space?
Our crews of crawl space contractors are professionally certified at the Basement Systems® International Headquarters in Seymour, CT. We’ve worked in Florida crawl spaces since 1989 and can get your crawl space cleaned up in no time.
We work throughout all of Florida, including Orlando, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Lakeland, Sarasota, Clearwater, Bradenton, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Ocala and surrounding areas.