Crawlspace Encapsulation

Approximately 40% of the air that is in the first floor of your home originated in the crawlspace. Since hot air rises and gets replaced by air from your crawlspace through a process called “Stack Effect”, you and your family become exposed to any poor air conditions that are present in your crawlspace. This means that if it is in your crawlspace, then it is in your home. Installing a crawlspace encapsulation system is the best way to prevent moisture and mold issues in your crawl space.

Risks of an Unsealed Crawlspace

Leaving a crawlspace unsealed is extremely risky as water and humidity can easily penetrate cinder-block walls and dirt floors. This dark, trapped, moist space along with all of the organic matter (like wood and insulation backing) give mold the perfect environment for expedited growth. Why is this a problem?

  • Mold can rise with warm air from your crawlspace into your home.
  • Humidity and moisture can cause dust, odors and allergens to enter your home.
  • High moisture and humidity can cause wood rot and damage other supportive materials.
  • Bugs and other pests are attracted to high moisture levels and warms spaces.
  • Moisture can cause deterioration of HVAC duct-work, water heaters, plumbing and insulation.
  • Increased energy bills due to the crawlspace having high humidity in the summer and cool air in the winter.

The Benefits of Crawlspace Encapsulation

Improved Air Quality in Home

Since a majority of the air in our homes originate in the crawlspace, it is important to have a clean and healthy space under your home. An encapsulation provides a barrier between the inside of your home and the outside environment which means in wet environments it keeps out moisture and mold and in in dry environments it keeps out dust and dust mites. In all cases, it provides a healthier living space for you and your family!

Elimination of Mold Producing Environment

Mold requires a source of moisture to thrive. A crawlspace encapsulation system includes the sealing of all cracks and vents, the installation of a vapor barrier on the floor and all walls as well as the installation of a dehumidifier. All of these things together ensure all possible moisture sources have been removed and mold cannot develop in your crawlspace.

Avoid Structural Damage from Moisture

By removing all sources of moisture, a crawlspace encapsulation removes the risk of water damaged wood and wood rot. Damaged wood can compromise the structural integrity of your home and the safety of your family.

Increase Energy Efficiency

Crawlspace encapsulations have been shown to reduce individual energy bills by as much as 15% per year! The encapsulation system serves also as a form of insulation and can help improve your homes energy efficiency.

The Crawlspace Encapsulation Process

Encapsulations are used to prevent moisture and humidity from entering your crawlspace by using a vapor barrier system, insulation and sealing all vents. Comprehensive crawlspace encapsulation encompasses a 4 stage process:

Clear Out Debris

The technicians start by clearing out all debris which includes moisture affected insulation, obsolete or deteriorated vapor barriers, and any trash that may be in the crawl space.

Remove Mold

Next and most importantly, we then physically remove ALL visible mold from the crawl space followed by a preventative fogging of all exposed wood members to prevent future fungal growth. We perform this treatment with every encapsulation to ensure that we aren’t sealing any mold spores into the crawl space. If we do not perform this preventative treatment, the mold spores would eventually make their way up into the living areas through stack effect.

Install Liners, Insulation & Vents

The Elite Moisture Solutions team would first seal off all the crawl space vents. Then, they would install a reinforced crawlspace liner on the ground and up all of the walls. The team will also apply the reinforced liner to all of the crawl space piers. Next, the technicians would install a Prodex insulation over the wall liner creating a strong barrier between your crawlspace and the outside elements.

Install Dehumidifier

Once the crawl space is fully sealed, we will install a permanent dehumidifier which will continuously regulate the space and ensure the average humidity level stays around 55%.

Customer Reviews

Mason Bailey
1/29/2020 - Google

Ben was a pleasure to work with. Everything he said would happen did, and on time. I hope you never have a moisture issue, but if you do don't hesitate to reach out to Ben with Elite Moisture Solutions.

Carla Witherington
4/15/2020 - Google

Luckily the extent of my issue was not nearly as concerning as I originally believed, but Ben's knowledge and thoughtful time spent investigating my situation was very comforting. I will definitely call again if other issues arise.

AMG Dynamics
6/11/2020 - Google

I am a Property Manager for several commercial buildings. I had a foot of sitting water in my crawl space. Chris and his team were very professional and did a thorough job. They went above and beyond to ensure that my issue was fully addressed. I would highly recommend Elite Moisture Solutions and will definitely use them going forward.

Jake A.
12/28/2019 - Thumbtack

I appreciate honest work. I have referred Elite to several people because I know they will be honest with the assessment and provide the solutions the customer actually needs. This has been the case time and time again. These are often customers that I service and having a trusting relationship with me so it is important that they are taking... read more

H Knight
4/15/2020 - Google

BEN and their AMAZING CREW saved OUR HOUSE!!! Nightmare scenario - Google Fiber's contractor hit our main water line with a backhoe during their network install. After a year of denying the damages (which occurred on private property - a whole other saga), their insurance adjuster finally agreed to repair/replace our water line. BUT the City of Durham REFUSED to... read more

Jen Hill
5/01/2020 - Google

Fearing I might have some mold issues in my crawl space I called Elite Moisture Solutions to come for inspection. Chris was on time for the appointment and was very thorough in explaining my issues and the solution to get rid, and prevent future issues. I highly recommend them if you have any moisture or mold issues. ... read more

Becky Lou Pigg
2/15/2020 - Google

Ben was very kind and courteous and I appreciate how quickly everything happened. Also, they worked on the crawlspace quickly and with no impact on our schedule. There was no inconvenience to me and I appreciate that the most. I recommend this business highly.

Spencer Marshall
3/03/2020 - Google

Elite Moisture Solutions is an outstanding company to do business with! We have had an amazing experience working with Chris and Jennifer. Their professionalism, timeliness and industry knowledge is something every company should demonstrate. Thank you for being such a wonderful business with top notch service - keep up the great work!!

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