How to Keep Pests Out of Your Crawl Space
No one wants to share their home with cockroaches, termites, rats or mice. We work hard to keep pests out of our homes. We put spray down so ants don’t come in, we kill spiders that come in and often times, we scream if a mouse enters our home (ok maybe that last one is just me).
What many homeowners don’t realize is that they literally have the power to cut down the entry doors by which these pests come into the home. Homes with encapsulated crawl spaces seal off the ground’s moisture so pests can not enter and have to go elsewhere to find shelter. An added bonus is that encapsulation minimizes mold and mildew growth, which means you’ll have a more structurally sound and healthier home than if mold and mildew ran rampant.
How do I encapsulate my crawl space?
There are five steps to encapsulate your crawl space, which is also known as a vapor barrier :
First Step, all standing water is removed to eliminate pooled water and moisture. This also lowers the humidity, which is the leading culprit in growing mold and gives pests one less reason to be a visitor in your home.
Second Step, the crawl space is sealed off with a CleanSpace 20-mil thick liner which is tough enough to prevent rips and tears by servicemen and workers, since they make up the majority of traffic there. This liner is much tougher than those found in home improvement stores. They …