Crawlspace Encapsulation

As an authorized installer for WhiteCap Crawl Space System, we believe this system to be the best for crawlspace encapsulation. Below is some information from their website.

What is Crawlspace Encapsulation?

In a general sense, crawlspace encapsulation is the act of sealing your home’s crawl space off from outside elements. Crawlspaces are prone to high humidity, mold, rot, and general nastiness that can directly affect your quality of life throughout the rest of your home. More than half of the air that you breathe in your home comes up from the lower level, so it’s very important to make sure that you take proper care of your crawlspace. Otherwise, the nastiness mentioned earlier will quickly find its way into your living areas and can be especially concerning to those who suffer with asthma and allergies.

Benefits of Crawlspace Encapsulation?

1. Improved indoor air quality, improved health of your building.
2. Greater energy efficiency and lower utility bills

Crawlspace Encapsulation is recommended for homes that

1. Are in areas with high water table or high humidity.
2. Have visible mold or musty smells
3. Have restricted air flow through existing vents leading to mold growth
4. Have a history of 'sick building' syndrome

Why WhiteCap?

So, where does WhiteCap fit into all this? What’s stopping you from just going to a retail store, buying crawl space liners, and installing them yourself? The answer is simple: The WhiteCap method is superior in every way. It is a complete system that has been proven to provide lasting, reliable protection against moisture in your crawlspace. Unlike what you might buy at a store or what you might find left behind in your home by builders, WhiteCap is designed to be a permanent solution to your crawlspace troubles. When it’s done, you won’t have to worry about your crawlspace again.

Before WhiteCap
Before WhiteCap
After WhiteCap
After WhiteCap
How Do We Do It?
Step 1: Cleanup

As with any crawlspace related project, the first step will be to clean things up. Crawlspaces are usually the most neglected areas of any home, and there will often be debris and damaged insulation that needs to be removed. We’ll also level the soil or gravel, take care of any mold or pests, and just generally make sure everything is ready for installation.

Step 2: Apply Drainage Matting + Liners

This part is where WhiteCap really stands out from the rest. First, WhiteCap Drainage Matting is applied as a base layer over the soil or gravel. With a unique dimple design, this maintains an air gap between the earth and the top layer of WhiteCap Liner. This process helps protect seams and overlaps in the sheeting, making it much more durable than any other method. Although the process itself remains basically the same, different homes sometimes require different kinds of liners. Your certified installer will be able to assist you in finding the best fit for your needs. You can learn more about the different styles here.

Step 3: Dehumidify

After all this work, it’s important to maintain the state of your crawlspace even further with a dehumidifier. The WhiteCap PureDry70 crawlspace dehumidifier will take care of the moisture and more. PureDry70 has a compact design that can fit even into the tightest crawlspaces and will dehumidify your crawlspace along with filtering mold, bacteria, and dust. This is the finishing touch in making sure the air inside your home is healthy and just pleasant overall.

Step 4: Ventilation

To provide the best air quality possible we can install a machine to provide a constant fresh air exchange called an ERV. An ERV is unlike a ordinary ventilation systems, the energy recovery system handles both exhaust and fresh airstreams while also moderating temperature extremes and humidity year round, and removing excess carbon dioxide, radon, formaldehyde, and other gaseous pollutants. In the winter, the fresh, cold, dry outside air is preheated and humidified by the outgoing warm interior air. In the summer, the fresh, warm, humid outside air is pre-cooled and dehumidified by the outgoing air-conditioned interior air. No matter what the season, the pollutants go out and fresh air stays in, with no wasted energy.

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