Crawl Space Vapor Barriers

If your Iowa home has a crawl space, it is likely that it doesn’t get much attention. They appear to serve little purpose, but that is not the case. A crawl space is used in place of a basement in some instances, to save money. The crawl space also elevates the home off of the ground, which is necessary in particularly damp or termite-prone locations. It also houses the plumbing and ductwork of a home.Vapor Barriers for crawl space encapsulation in Iowa

Don’t ignore your crawl space. A crawl space that is not properly prepared can quietly compromise the integrity of your home and provide an environment for mold to thrive. This mold will invade the rest of your home and the air you breath causing you and your family health issues.

Moisture and humidity enters the crawl space as a result of water evaporating from the soil. The elimination of moisture in the crawl space is crucial.  Moisture can cause several issues in your home such as:

  • Musty odors
  • Rot in wooden framing
  • Mold and mildew
  • Condensation on insulation, water pipes
  • Buckled flooring
  • High humidity in the living area
  • Insect infestations

WCI Basement Repair is the professional company to contact regarding the installation of a vapor barrier for your crawl space encapsulation needs. A vapor barrier or “liner” is installed up the walls of the crawl space and over the exposed earth floor. Making sure that a proper vapor barrier is installed is crucial. The vapor barrier installed by WCI Basement Repair is manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the best in the industry for basement waterproofing products and foundation repair products.

It is important to have a vapor barrier installed that is puncture resistant and tear resistant. The ECP vapor barrier is both of those things. It is 10-mil or 16-mil thick and manufactured using a triple-ply woven high-density virgin polyethylene membrane. When this vapor barrier is installed for crawl space encapsulation in your Iowa home, it will last for years to come. Using an inexpensive thin plastic sheeting that you can buy at the hardware store will puncture or tear, leaving it useless.

Don’t let mold and mildew rise from your crawlspace into the air that you are breathing. This can cause many health issues for you and your family such as:

  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Eye irritation
  • Throat irritation
  • Skin irritation
  • Asthma attacks
  • Allergies

Contact the experts at WCI Basement Repair and let us inspect your crawl space and offer you our vapor barrier crawl space encapsulation system. Keep the moisture from your home and keep it structurally sound and keep you and your family healthy for years to come. We are based in Carroll, IA and have over a decade of experience in the Iowa area and we have the knowledge and skills needed to perform crawl space encapsulation with the very best vapor barriers made in the industry. Don’t hesitate, call today! We eliminate wet, damp crawl spaces!