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Crawl Space Encapsulation
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Do you often wonder what’s happening in the crawl space beneath your house? This lowest part of your home is generally out of sight, but it shouldn’t be out of mind. At Southern Goodman, we specialize in crawl space encapsulation services, crawl space waterproofing, and crawl space humidity control to help homeowners protect their property.

Schedule an appointment today and experience the benefits of our superior crawl space solutions in Richmond, VA, and the surrounding areas. Your home deserves the best, and we’re here to provide just that!

Experience the Benefits of Our Crawl Space Encapsulation Services

The crawl space encapsulation service we provide in the Tri-Cities goes beyond simply sealing off this area of your home. Encapsulation involves installing a heavy-duty vapor barrier to completely cover your crawl space — floors, walls, and even the foundation.

host of problems, such as mold, mildew, and water damage. In turn, this creates a healthier and safer environment for you and your family.

Encapsulation can also improve your home’s energy efficiency. When your crawl space isn’t properly sealed, outdoor air can enter your home, making your HVAC system work harder. With encapsulation, you’ll notice lower energy bills as your HVAC system becomes more efficient.

Prevent Moisture Problems With Expert Crawl Space Waterproofing

The crawl space waterproofing we offer in Central VA aims to address one of the biggest threats to the structural integrity of your home: water. Moisture seeping through the walls and floors of your crawl space can lead to structural damage over time. It can cause wood to rot and metal to rust, compromise the stability of your home, and create an ideal environment for mold growth.

Our expert team takes a comprehensive approach to crawl space waterproofing, beginning with a thorough inspection. We identify any existing water issues and work to fix them. Once these immediate concerns are addressed, we take measures to prevent future damage, such as installing a vapor barrier and a drainage system, if necessary.

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Protect Your Family's Health With Our Crawl Space Humidity Control Solutions

At Southern Goodman, we understand that crawl space humidity control is vital for maintaining a healthy home environment. High humidity levels in your crawl space can lead to poor air quality in your home, as mold, mildew, and pests thrive in these conditions.

Our humidity control solutions are designed to maintain an optimal level of humidity in your crawl space. We provide industry-leading dehumidifiers to ensure your crawl space is dry and healthy. By controlling humidity, we not only protect your home from potential damage but also contribute to a healthier living environment.

We strive to be one of the leading crawl space waterproofing companies in Central VA, so we pride ourselves on delivering top-notch solutions to our customers. From the moment you schedule your crawl space encapsulation service with us, you’ll experience the Southern Goodman difference.

Book Your Appointment Today and Take Control of Your Crawl Space!

Your home is a significant investment, and you should take every measure to protect it. Don’t wait until you notice signs of crawl space damage to act. By then, you may already be dealing with a costly repair job.

At Southern Goodman, we’re ready to help. From your crawl space to your ductwork, we are committed to providing you with peace of mind. When you choose us, know that your home is protected from moisture damage and that your family’s health is our priority.

Contact us today to schedule a crawl space encapsulation service and discover how our experts can help protect your home in Richmond, VA, or the surrounding area!

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Bacterial Growth Remediation

To help increase the level of indoor air quality all current insulation, liner, and debris are removed from the crawl space. We use a biodegradable solution that’s tough on stains and easy on the Earth. It does not contain bleach or acid and is safe for the home. The solution prevents bad smells such as mildew from entering your home, however during the remediation process, some smells may be stronger than usual. If you’re sensitive to strong odors and/or have a respiratory condition just let us know and we’ll perform the remediation around your schedule.

Reinsulating & Moisture Control

Whether it be a crawl space that has never had insulation or one that was just remediated, Southern Goodman installs all new R19 insulation in the joists. The insulation is supported properly with a support rod commonly referred to as tiger teeth. A new liner is then installed from wall to wall, leaving a small gap for moisture to escape out of the vents. In most cases, a dehumidifier will be a recommended solution for controlling moisture levels in crawl spaces. This will help prevent the recurrence of bacterial growth by keeping relative humidity levels low.

Encapsulation

Looking to help maximize the efficiency of your home? An Encapsulation will create a better level of indoor air quality, as well as relieve some of the most important appliances in the home from harsh temperatures and moisture levels. An Encapsulation is usually installed after a removal and remediation has been performed. Instead of having insulation installed back into the floor joists, a waterproof foam insulation board is installed around the interior perimeter walls of the crawl space. A 2” gap is left exposed for termite inspections. The band board gets a thick layer of spray foam to insulate and prevent air infiltration from the exterior. A heavy duty liner is wrapped around all piers, sealed at each seam, and mounted to the foam insulation on the walls. An electrical receptacle is added to provide power for the whole home dehumidifier with a condensate pump. This condensate pump is then drained to the exterior of the crawl space. A dehumidifier will help prevent bacterial growth and keep your crawlspace dry and sealed from the elements.

Drainage Tile

In order to redirect excess water in the crawl space, Southern Goodman installs full interior drain systems with a sump pump. A trench is dug all the way to the footer around the entire interior foundation. A perforated sleeve corrugated pipe is installed in the trench alongside drainage gravel to help direct the water to the right location. The corrugated pipe is connected to a large basin with a sump pump. Once the water reaches the sump pump the pump does the rest. This does not ensure that water will never enter your crawl space, but it certainly lowers the chances.

Poly Seal & Vapor Barrier

To really ensure a good seal, Southern Goodman installs a liner that goes a little further than just wall to wall. The liner will not only be wrapped around each pier and up each wall, but also sealed with tape at every joint. All open vents, joints, and gaps will be filled with foam insulation to prevent outside moisture from entering the crawl space. Vapor barriers help reduce the amount of humidity in your crawl space air by covering the dirt under your home. However, vapor barriers are not a waterproof solution. If enough water enters the area, a drainage system maybe recommended. Combining the poly seal with a drainage system will help prevent standing water and mold.