Is it Time to Consider Vapor Barriers for Your Crawl Space?

Posted - September 11, 2020
Man Inspecting Crawl Space

Your home’s crawl space is an essential part of your total home’s health. A crawl space promotes air circulation through your home and also serves as an entry point for plumbers to access pipes beneath the home.

However, a moist or flooded crawl space can quickly become a real problem for your home. Fortunately, we offer vapor barrier services to help ensure that your crawl space remains moisture-free.

Here’s a look at when to know it’s time to install a vapor barrier in your crawl space.

What is a Vapor Barrier?

A vapor barrier is usually made from polyethylene plastic and is used to seal off the interior of a crawl space. Vapor barriers prevent moisture from seeping into your crawl space and can also help a home save money on its energy bills.

Signs That Your Crawl Space Needs a Vapor Barrier

Aside from going down into a crawl space, what are the biggest red flags that your home needs a vapor barrier? There are several signs that your home’s crawl space may be moist, but here are some of the most prominent warnings that signal it’s time to call in a home health professional.

Wood Rot in the Crawl Space

If you do make your way into the crawl space and notice that the wood beneath your floors is rotted, this is a clear indication that you have a moisture problem. While a vapor barrier won’t be able to turn back time on your rotted wood, it will be able to prevent further moisture from compromising the structure of your home.

Rusted Pipes

If you experience frequent plumbing problems, this can also be a sign that your crawl space is exposed to too much moisture. When a plumber gets down in your crawl space to examine the pipes, rusted plumbing is a clear sign of uncontrolled moisture.

This can lead to costly repairs that will continue to repeat themselves until you invest in a vapor barrier to protect your plumbing for good.

Your Family Experiences Health Issues

When moisture is involved, mold and mildew quickly follow. When this problem, combined with general moisture secreeting from a crawl space, your family could begin to experience adverse health conditions.

Complications that stem from mold and mildew under your house include:

  • Headaches
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory illness
  • Allergies

Strange Odors

Standing water and moisture create a musty odor that just doesn’t quit. If you and your family find that you’re constantly wondering what that smell is, it may be excess moisture beneath your home rising up to the ground floor.

Protect Your Crawl Space With Advanced Home Comfort

Advanced Home Comfort is Dallas’ leading home health team. Our professionals can quickly determine where an energy problem stems from in your home. From poor insulation to a watery crawl space, our experts have your home covered. We install vapor barriers, new insulation, and help maintain the most forgotten, yet important areas of your home. Trust us to bring the comfort back into your house. Reach out to us to schedule an inspection.