I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.
Encapsulating a crawl space is always a good idea. You can't use a dehumidifier on a crawl space because more moisture will constantly enter the space to replace any moisture that you remove with a dehumidifier. However, you'll want to properly prepare your crawl space before you begin the process. Improper preparation can not only lead to bad results, but it can even be dangerous.
DIY Crawl Space Encapsulation
There are various companies that will encapsulate your crawl space for you. However, you may also attempt to do it yourself, even though this is the least common option chosen by homeowners. If you handle the encapsulation yourself, you'll need to make the determination of whether your crawl space is suitable for encapsulation.
If you're going to make an improvement to your crawl space, you'll want to go all the way. A plastic barrier by itself might reduce humidity somewhat, but you'll also need to add insulation. You'll need to factor in mold growth when encapsulating your crawl space so that it doesn't become a haven for mold growth.
Installing a crawl space can be dangerous if you find standing water. You'll want to make sure that a professional removes it, or you may place yourself at risk of electrocution. If there isn't any standing water, make sure that any electrical wiring doesn't have any damage and is strapped correctly. An encapsulation is also a great time to check your plumbing for any signs of leaks or damage.
Preparing the Work Area
Before you begin the encapsulation process, you'll need to prepare your work area. You'll want to make sure that there is adequate lighting so you can see what you're doing. Then, you'll want to prepare the floor area. You'll want to remove sharp rocks and debris because these can penetrate the vapor barrier.
The floor should be even, so flatten it with a rake if it isn't. In some cases, you might need to bring in more soil to grade the floor to prepare for the encapsulation. If there are any odors, you'll want to deal with them before you encapsulate your crawl space. Otherwise, it can be much more difficult to resolve these problems later on.
While crawl space encapsulation can be performed as a DIY project, you're best off contacting a crawl space encapsulation service. Crawl space experts are able to properly prepare your crawl space so that you're less likely to face problems afterward.