Crawl Space Encapsulation

As a business owner, you want to be aware of the fact that as much as half of the air throughout your office can enter the building through the crawlspace. When the crawlspace has something going on with it, such as water damage, mold growth, rodent droppings, bat guano, or other factors going on, this can cause the air that gets circulated through your office space to be unhealthy. For this reason, as well as others, you should really consider crawl space encapsulation. You can learn about crawl space encapsulation by reviewing the information right in this article.

Encapsulation adds a barrier to crawl spaces

When encapsulation is done, it means that a durable polyethylene barrier has been used to line the surfaces of the crawl space. You can liken the act of encapsulating a crawl space to that of adding a lining to a swimming pool in order to prevent the pool from getting leaks. However, instead of protection from water leaks, you will be protecting against air leaks. The lining in the crawl space will be finished off with the act of taping all of the lining together, so no cracks or gaps remain where air can continue to leak.

Encapsulation helps with moisture protection

When you have your crawl space encapsulated, you will be protecting it from indoor moisture concerns, which means less risk of toxic air making its way through the office for your employees to breath. There is another important step to crawl space encapsulation, and that is to take the appropriate course of action to maintain a good humidity level within the crawl space itself. A common way this is generally done is to put a dehumidifier in the crawl space after the encapsulation is otherwise complete.

There are common signs that lead many to realize the need for encapsulation

Sometimes a business owner will learn about crawl space encapsulation when they start to research things that can be done to help with certain red flags they come up against. Some of the things that can be used as reasons for looking into encapsulation would be the smell of mold or mildew, floors becoming softer, higher heating bills, windows that sweat, problems with insulation getting wet, and problems with insects.


Now that you have become better educated on the subject of crawl space encapsulation, you will know whether or not there may be a concern in your office that you should address. Contact your local commercial HVAC services today to learn more.