Crawl Space Encapsulation in Lexington KY
Have you ever come across the term ‘stack effect’? This term is used to describe the process through which air moves through your home. If you have a crawl space, the air in your crawl space will move through the floor boards and into the living space above. The air will then continue to move up through the home and finally escape to the outside through the chimney, gaps in the attic or through windows and doors.
The stack effect is a continuous cycle that occurs in any home that has a basement or crawl space. While it may seem harmless, it can contribute to serious air quality problems in your home, which can be prevented with crawl space encapsulation.
Effects on Air Quality
Are you or other members of your household experiencing respiratory health problems or allergies? The stack effect may be the cause of your problems. If your basement is dirty or damp, dust mites and mold are likely to grow in the space. Mold spores and dust mites can cause allergies, asthma and various other respiratory problems.
The stack effect can bring these allergens into your home from the crawl space. As the air rises into the living space, it carries dust mites and mold spores with it.
The stack effect could also be to blame for the high humidity levels in your home. The air from a damp crawl space could be causing the environment in your home to become humid too. Heating and cooling humid spaces requires more energy. You could therefore be spending a lot more to heat or cool your home than you ought to.
Keeping the Crawl Space Dry
The stack effect carries humidity and other air pollutants from the crawl space into your home. The best way to keep all these pollutants out of your home is by ensuring that your crawl space is healthy, dry and clean. This is only possible through crawl space encapsulation.
Encapsulation involves completely sealing off the crawl space from the external environment. This means that the crawl space will be closed off from external elements such as water. It will also be safe and free from dust mites and other pests.
A vapor barrier is installed in the floor of the crawl space and the walls to keep moisture and radon out of the crawl space. Encapsulation ensures that your crawl space air remains clean.