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The North Carolina Guide to Crawl Space Encapsulation 

Crawl space encapsulation can benefit your home and health. Our encapsulation process utilizes a combination of industry-leading waterproofing tools like vapor barriers or dehumidifiers to keep your crawl space protected from moisture.

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Have you noticed sagging floors in your home? Maybe there are musty odors coming up through the floorboards, or splotches of mold in your home. All of these issues are caused by moisture in your crawl space.  

This doesn’t have to be the norm; crawl space encapsulation protects your crawl space from moisture and prevents these alarming problem signs altogether.  

 Dry Pro is the leading source for all things related to crawl space encapsulation in North Carolina. In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know about encapsulation and how it benefits your home. 

What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

Crawl space encapsulation refers to a process in which multiple waterproofing solutions are added to your home’s crawl space. Waterproofing solutions include:  

This process protects your home from moisture in all its forms. Humidity, snow, rain, and flooding will no longer be a major threat to your crawl space. 

Why Encapsulation Is Important for NC Homes

Encapsulation is especially important for homes in North Carolina. Most places across the state experience above-average amounts of annual rainfall and humidity. With all this moisture, crawl spaces in North Carolina are much more likely to experience crawl space problem signs like mold or wood rot.  

That’s why crawl space encapsulation is so valuable – it actively protects the structural integrity of your home and has a positive benefit on your health by preventing mold growth, pests, and musty odors.   

Overall, crawl space encapsulation increases your quality of life. 

What to Expect During the Crawl Space Encapsulation Process

Since crawl space encapsulation requires many different components, it’s best to let specialists like Dry Pro handle the installation process for you.  

If you decide to encapsulate your crawl space, these are the steps you should anticipate.  

Clear Debris from the Crawl Space

Before installation can even begin, professionals will need to clear any debris from the crawl space. When a crawl space suffers from moisture damage, many different things may impede repairs. 

For instance, professionals will have to remove damp, sagging insulation, rotted wood, mold on support beams and walls, and even animal carcasses in some cases.  

Not only does this make it possible to install the waterproofing solutions, but it also makes the space immediately healthier.  

Regrade the Soil and Install Drainage

After debris has been removed from the crawl space, it’s important to regrade the area’s dirt floors (most crawl spaces in NC have a dirt floor). This quickly drains any standing water or moisture trapped in the soil to the outside edges of the foundation.  

Next, professionals will install a crawl space drain that will capture and move groundwater away in the future. At Dry Pro, we use CrawlDrain™, a 4-inch-thick crawl space drainage pipe with added protection against clogging. 

Install a Sump Pump and Seal Open Vents

After the crawl space drain is installed, the next best step is to install a sump pump in the crawl space. 

Not only does a sump pump provide further protection from rising water levels, but it can also connect to and coordinate with CrawlDrain.  

It’s also valuable to seal any open crawl space vents, as these gaps make it much easier for outdoor humidity to infiltrate your foundation. 

Insulate Walls, Install Vapor Barrier, and Dehumidify

The final steps in crawl space encapsulation begin with wall insulation.  

Once installed, proper insulation better controls the temperature below your home which helps reduce humidity levels.  

Plus, Dry Pro’s thermal insulation is made with termiticide to protect against pesky termites that might try to feed on wooden beams in your crawl space. 

Next, covering your entire crawl space with a 20-mil thick vapor barrier drastically changes your crawl space for the better. The area is given a sleek facelift, and moisture from the ground and outside won’t penetrate the material. 

Finally, installing a powerful dehumidifier in the crawl space will provide continuous removal and defense against water vapor.  

Crawl Space Encapsulation FAQs

Vapor barriers are polyethylene sheets installed along the walls, floors, and columns of your crawl space and defend against water vapor. Encapsulation is the process by which your entire crawl space is waterproofed. While this does include the use of a vapor barrier, Encapsulation includes other solutions as well. 

It might be surprising, but there are no disadvantages to encapsulating your crawl space. Encapsulation provides tons of positive benefits to your home.  

These include healthier air quality, defense against mold growth and wood rot, lower energy bills, repelling pests from the crawl space, and a better-looking crawl space. 

Ultimately, it depends on the specific needs of your crawl space. How large is it? How much damage has already occurred? How often does rain and humidity affect the area you live in? 

For instance, crawl space encapsulation in Charlotte may cost more than in other parts of the state. There are a lot of variables when it comes to the cost of crawl space encapsulation. To get a better idea of how much it might cost, read our article on how much crawl space repair costs in North Carolina.

Why You Shouldn’t Install Crawl Space Encapsulation by Yourself

You might be wondering why we don’t recommend that you encapsulate on your own. After all, isn’t it possible to buy vapor barriers, vent covers, sump pumps, and dehumidifiers at a hardware store? Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy – here’s why: 

  • Quality – Crawl space solutions sold at local stores aren’t manufactured with the same quality as professional solutions. Often, store-bought vapor barriers aren’t strong enough to withstand moisture, and consumer dehumidifiers aren’t built to remove liters and liters of water vapor below your home. 
  • Difficult Installation – Moreover, installing these solutions on your own is extremely difficult without the right tools. Even one misstep in the process will still leave your crawl space vulnerable to moisture. All your time, money and effort will have been for nothing. 
  • Potential Harm – Lastly, we don’t doubt your handy skills, but doing large projects like this in a tight crawl space is dangerous without professional training. In worst case scenarios, you could damage support beams or cause your floor to collapse.  

Why Our Crawl Space Encapsulation Stands Out from Competitor

Dry Pro’s crawl space encapsulation services are the best in North Carolina. For over 20 years, we’ve tested the best ways to defend your crawl space from moisture. With our crawl space encapsulation, you can expect quality that no other company can provide. 

Here’s what makes our process stand out: 

  • Not just partial waterproofing, we install multiple solutions for maximum protection. We know that “one and done” solutions don’t work. 
  • Defends against all forms of water, from vapor to liquid, keeping your crawl space prepared for any situation that might arise in North Carolina.  
  • Greatly increases your home’s air quality and energy efficiency which saves you money in the long run and keeps your home healthy. 
  • Discourages pests from entering your crawl space and prevents mold from infesting the entirety of your home. 
  • Transferable warranties ranging from 25 years to lifetime on all solutions. 
  • Improves the value of your home. 

Conclusion: Call Dry Pro for a Free Inspection

our home will always benefit from crawl space encapsulation. At Dry Pro, our crawl space solutions are industry-leading, and provide long-term protection to your crawl space. That way, you can feel confident knowing your health and home are protected.  

Our team of foundation experts is always prepared to help homeowners in Charlotte and Hickory with any crawl space needs.  

Contact us today to learn even more about crawl space solutions, and to schedule a free inspection with one of our professionals. We’ll work with you to determine the best course of action based on your individual needs. 

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