Let Econ-O-Bug help protect your home’s foundation and sub-flooring with proper ventilation and moisture barrier.
Wood damage in homes due to wood-destroying insects, which are attracted to damp wood, is a serious problem and causes approximately $1 billion in damage annually. In fact, at Econ-O-Bug, we do over a quarter of a million dollars in repair work each year! Our trained Econ-O-Bug staff can determine the source of your moisture problem. After a careful analysis of your unique situation, our professionals can recommend a host of options to insure your problem is solved! We repair termite damaged and rotted foundations, supports, and flooring. With over 30 years of experience, we are the BEST in the business at finding and correctly repairing structurally weak areas.
Why Close a Crawlspace?
There has been a great deal of debate on whether to vent or close a crawlspace. Vented crawlspaces worked great until the invention of air conditioning. When a family cools their home to 72° during the summer and the air outside is 85° with a 80% relative humidity, it creates condensation on the floor joist, the insulation and the pipes and ducts. No amount of ventilation will solve the problem at this point. This constant condensation during the summer months causes wood rot, mold, and attracts all types of insects including termites.
Closing the crawlspace creates a clean conditioned space under the home provides the following benefits:
Over 76 million homes in the US are currently built on crawlspaces. 18% of all new homes built in the US are built on crawlspaces. Please give us a call to find out more about closed crawlspaces and our line of crawlspace products.
Crawlspace Conversion Process
Some of the structural alterations that will be done to convert a vented crawl space to a closed crawl space involve sealing vents and installing a sealed vapor barrier on the crawl space floor. This moisture barrier is extended up the interior foundation walls of the structure. All water or moisture sources must be dealt with. On some homes we may also install insulation on the interior foundation walls.
The installation of a moisture barrier and proper foundation ventilation are important to preserving the wood foundation and subflooring of your home.
The installation of a moisture barrier in the crawlspace will cause soil moisture to condense on the underside of the barrier and return to the soil. This reduces condensation on floor joists, subflooring and other structural timbers that lead to attack by wood- destroying insects.
A moisture barrier is professionally installed in 70 to 80% of the crawlspace, allowing wood to dry slowly, minimizing warping and cracking. Each barrier is made of 6-mil polyethylene and is non-transparent, a combination proven to provide protection over the years and reduce barrier deterioration.
For a free evaluation to determine if your home needs Temp-Vents and/or a moisture barrier, contact Econ-O-Bug today!