Crawl space vapor barriers are primarily designed to be used against all the walls in your crawl space. When installed properly, they help to keep moisture out. This can help to prevent the wood joists, concrete foundation, and electrical wiring in the space from becoming damaged due to water. However, crawl space vapor barriers also help to do a few other things as well. Here are a few of the other things that crawl space vapor barriers can do aside from keeping moisture out of your crawl space:
Reduce the Likelihood of Pests Living In Your Crawl Space
The majority of pests that inhabit a home are looking for a dark place to live with access to food and water. Many prefer damper environments because it makes it cooler and means water is close by. When you seal off your crawl space and cut out this water source, you reduce the likelihood that pests, such as mice, rats, termites, and scorpions, will make this their home. And if they are not living under your home, it is less likely they will come into your home. If you have a lot of pest problems, a vapor barrier in the crawl space may help.
Minimizes the Ways that Mold Can Enter Your Home
Another benefit to installing a crawl space barrier is that it can minimize mold. In order for mold to grow in your home, you need water. The majority of water in your home comes from beneath the ground. When you seal off your crawl space, you are placing a barrier on the underside of your sub-floor, which is the concrete pad that your carpet or hardwood floor rests on top of. This helps to keep your floors, drywall, and insulation from absorbing moisture that comes up this route and leads to mold. A vapor barrier can minimize the chances of mold getting into your home.
Helps to Insulate the Pipes that Are in the Crawl Space
The last thing that crawl space vapor barriers can do is insulate your pipes that are in the crawl space. When vapor barrier is installed, your crawl space stays a little bit warmer than it would without the barrier in place. If you live in a climate where temperatures dip below freezing, freezing pipes is something you should be concerned with. Changing the temperature even a few degrees may be enough to help keep the pipes warm enough so that they do not freeze.
If your crawl space is not sealed, you may want to consider sealing it. One way you can seal it is with the use of crawl space vapor barriers. Contact a crawl space sealing company today to learn what options are available for crawl space sealing and which may be the best option for your space.
Contact a company like Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc. for more information and assistance.