Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.
If you have a crawl space that hasn't been encapsulated, you could be inviting some serious problems into your home. Without proper encapsulation, your crawl space is open to the environment, leaving it vulnerable to the elements. With winter on its way, now's the perfect time to talk to a contractor about crawl space encapsulation. If you're still not sure you need it, take a look at four problems that can be caused by an unprotected crawl space. If you're dealing with any of these issues, you need to protect your basement.
Active Mold or Mildew
If you've got active mold or mildew in your home, the problem could be right in your crawl space. This is particularly true if you live in a region that experiences excessive humidity or heavy seasonal rains. Because crawl spaces are naturally dark, and without proper ventilation, the excess moisture creates the right environment for mold and mildew. Encapsulation seals your crawl space, creating an airtight barrier against moisture problems, which then also eliminates the risk of mold and mildew problems.
Uncontrolled Insect Infestations
If you're dealing with nonstop insect infestations, your crawl space needs to be encapsulated. The dark, moist environment located in your crawl space gives insects of all kinds the perfect spot to live and thrive. Once they've infested your crawl space, they have easy access to every room in your home. Unfortunately, that easy access can make it nearly impossible to get a handle on the problem. With encapsulation, your crawl space will be sealed up tight, closing off all access to the inside of your home.
Issues with Insulation
If you've discovered that your insulation is soggy, and needs to be replaced, the issue could lie with your crawl space. The moisture that builds up in your crawl space could lead to problems with your insulation. Unfortunately, once insulation is soggy, it can no longer properly protect your home from the weather, which means you'll be paying more for your heating and cooling costs. You can protect your insulation, and control your heating and cooling costs, by having your crawl space encapsulated.
If you've discovered areas of your floor that are spongy, or areas where the flooring is separating, you could have a moisture problem in your crawl space. If that's the case, you need to have your crawl space encapsulated as soon as possible. Continued moisture problems in the crawl space, could lead to further structural problems for your home.Share