If you happen to live on a wooded lot, there are plenty of hidden environmental factors that influence the longevity of your home. The same features that draw you to a certain property, such as the cooling effect of shade trees, also pose problems as the years go by. Find out how crawlspace encapsulation can help protect your home from the dangers of a wooded lot.
It's nice to live in a shaded forested area that provides shelter from bad weather and cooler summer temperatures. But there is much less air circulating around the home as well, so less moisture is being evaporated. This water seeps into the ground around your home, increasing the moisture content inside your home through the crawlspace. Powdery mildew and black mold grow in a damp crawlspace and spread into your floor and walls. Encapsulating the crawlspace can prevent this or stop the progression of spores by drying out your home.
If the grading was done improperly when your home was first built, you'll experience moisture and erosion issues eventually. Water needs to have a clear path to run away from your foundation rather than into or around it. Grading the entire lot again to fix one small problem costs more than most homeowners can afford, and it also involves killing many or most of the mature trees that drew you to a wooded lot in the first place. Crawlspace encapsulation can fix these drainage issues without the need for grading.
The forest has many organisms that like to eat wet wood. Even if you only have a few trees on your lot, there's plenty of fungi and bacteria around that can break down the structure of your home. If you don't keep the moisture level down in your crawlspace, these organisms can move into the wood in your home. Encapsulation controls moisture and creates a physical barrier between the air and any exposed wood in your structure.
Wooded lots are the ideal habitat for most of the pests that can damage a home. Bugs are drawn to moisture and food, so you can find them in most crawlspaces that have not been sealed. Both insect and animal pests can come up through any small openings in your floor or walls. Crawlspace encapsulation seals these small holes so there is no longer a way for these pest to enter your home.