Do I Need Crawl Space Encapsulation?
Crawl space encapsulation has been scientifically proven to be the most effective way to control humidity and prevent mold. Crawl space waterproofing and insulation should also be part of your crawl space encapsulation project. Research has shown that crawl space encapsulation will improve your home's indoor air quality and energy efficiency while making your family more comfortable.
Building science has proven that vented-only crawl spaces are bad. Builder-grade crawl spaces should be a thing of the past but even today they are being constructed all over the country. If your crawl space is vented with loose laid vapor barrier, chances are it is wet and inefficient.
Our Unique Approach to Crawl Space Encapsulation
The Crawl Space Ninja Encapsulation System™ is created and installed by Certified Crawl Space Ninja Installers. Our proprietary installation methods make every crawl space encapsulation unique to your crawl space needs. The goal is to make your crawl space worry-free. Improving your indoor air quality is our top priority when developing your crawl space encapsulation package. Beware of contractors that create crawl space odors due to improper encapsulation methods.
Easy to Understand Crawl Space Encapsulation Packages
Our most popular crawl space encapsulation packages are the Gold and Platinum Series. These proprietary packages are exclusive to Crawl Space Ninja. Often referred to as a Hybrid Encapsulation System, Crawl Space Ninja has developed a unique and trusted way to repair crawl space problems.
Many of our customers rave about our exclusive and easy-to-understand crawl space encapsulation packages, our certified installers, and the proprietary products only we utilize. Making your crawl space worry-free is the ultimate goal with our corner-to-corner inspections and maintenance programs.
Crawl Space Encapsulation Done Right
Creating a crawl space encapsulation system that is properly ventilated and controls humidity will ensure soil gas build-up is never an issue. We properly encapsulate with our exclusive no cat pee guarantee vapor barrier, while controlling humidity, standing water, and preventing mold.
Every part of the Crawl Space Ninja Encapsulation System™ has been perfected to ensure you make a wise investment. We perform crawl space repair according to International Residental Building Code standards and Building Science guidelines to ensure this is the most effective encapsulation system on the market.
Crawl space plastic or vapor barrier is one of the most important aspects to making sure your crawl space humidity and flooding are controlled. Many contractors promise the humidity can be controlled by the vapor barrier only. We have found this not to be true. Loose lay vapor barriers do little to control humidity. Reinforced vapor barriers or multi-layer vapor barriers can create crawl space odors. Our unique solid-state vapor barrier and proprietary approach to installing crawl space vapor barrier will make sure your home is protected.
Crawl space dehumidifiers, in addition to quality vapor barriers, help control humidity in your crawl space and the rest of your home. Properly ventilating a crawl space while controlling humidity with a dehumidifier is the key to a healthy home. Controlling soil gases and humidity should be considered with every crawl space encapsulation design. Crawl Space Ninja installs crawl space dehumidifiers to control humidity per EPA guidelines to ensure your home is not suffering from poor indoor air quality. Viruses, bacteria, mold, and dust mites thrive in homes with uncontrolled humidity.
Mold removal and prevention during the crawl space encapsulation process will improve indoor air quality in your home when done properly. Installing a dehumidifier does not kill mold. A sound mold remediation protocol includes controlling humidity and drying the building materials prior to mold removal. Removal of visible mold in the crawl space should be done, as dead mold is an allergen. Applying a mold cleaner after removal will attack the mold food source and root system. Mold preventatives and controlling humidity will keep your crawl space from growing new mold. Crawl Space Ninja has perfected the crawl space mold removal and prevention system. With our Gold and Platinum Packages and properly maintained equipment, we offer a lifetime mold warranty.
Yard drainage and downspout problems can allow water to enter and flood your crawl space and basement. Crawl Space Ninja's approach to crawl space waterproofing is unique. We install a new vapor barrier as part of our waterproofing system. Encapsulating your crawl space without addressing future flooding or hydrostatic pressure is a mistake. Having to redo an encapsulation many years later because of flooding can be costly. Crawl space waterproofing should include a full perimeter french drain buried in the ground and a sump pump basin and sump pump pushing water to the outside. And finally, a properly installed vapor barrier. The crawl space vapor barrier should be overlapped and sealed. The plastic should also be mechanically attached up all walls and pillars to secure it and keep it from shifting during a flood.
Crawl space insulation is vital to the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. The Department of Energy ranks the crawl space and basement as the second most important place to insulate and air seal. There is way more to crawl space insulation than batt fiberglass thrown in the sub-floor. Air sealing the crawl space and insulating the rim joist is recommended. Foundation wall insulation should be ground contact approved. Many insulation products we use contain termite-resistant treatments. Our termite-resistant foam board is installed in the open vents to control humidity. We don't understand why some contractors choose to not insulate the crawl space. Some go so far as saying it is not necessary. The Crawl Space Ninja proprietary encapsulation system includes properly insulating and air sealing the crawl space in accordance with building code and building science guidelines.
Crawl space ventilation is misunderstood by many crawl space contractors. Sealing up all the vents of a crawl space and installing a dehumidifier to help control humidity is widely recognized as an industry standard practice. What is not recognized is the creation of a dead air crawl space that could potentially have harmful soil gases. Crawl space odors and gases have nowhere to go but in your living space without proper ventilation installed. Crawl space ventilation or vent fans alone will do nothing to control humidity. Crawl Space Ninja utilizes foundation vent fans with dehumidifiers, not in place of dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers remove excess humidity. Crawl space fans move air regardless if it is wet or dry. Using the foundation vent fan and the dehumidifier together is the best way to ensure your crawl space is dry while controlling odors and soil gases per the Environmental Protection Agency.
Crawl Space Encapsulation Benefits
Why do homeowners like you spend millions of dollars every year to encapsulate their crawl space? Indoor air quality.
That's right, indoor air quality is the #1 reason people invest in crawl space encapsulation. Crawl space encapsulation by Crawl Space Ninja is the best way to ensure your home is dry, clean, and efficient. Our optional lifetime warranties and fantastic customer service are second to none. Don't trust the indoor air quality of your home to cheap, fly-by-night companies that claim to be crawl space encapsulation professionals. Learn more by clicking our FAQ below.