If you want to combat problems with poor air quality inside the house, one of the best things you can do for your home is to have the crawl space encapsulated by a professional. Once the new system is installed, you will immediately reap the benefits of not dealing with moisture and contaminants seeping into your home. However, just like any other part of the house, it is important that you do your part to keep the newly encapsulated space functioning well for the long-term. Take a look at a few maintenance tips to keep in mind to protect the life of your encapsulated crawl space.
Have your HVAC system maintenanced regularly.
HVAC drainage lines usually run beneath the house. Unfortunately, if there is condensation dripping from the drainage lines into the encapsulated space, it can quickly encourage a mold or mildew issue. Drainage of condensation should not be an issue as long as your HVAC system is properly functioning and maintained. Therefore, having your system checked by a qualified technician annually can actually be beneficial to the well-being of your crawl space.
Tend to plumbing leaks immediately.
The plumbing system in the average home naturally gets routed to the area beneath the house and into the crawlspace. If a drainage or water line springs a leak, it can allow all kinds of moisture into your crawl space, which can lead to disastrous results if the problem is not discovered right away. If you suspect you have even a small leak in either a drainage line or a water line, it is critical that you track down the problem, fix it as soon as possible, and make an effort to dry out any residual moisture in the crawl space.
Check your encapsulated crawl space regularly.
The easiest thing you can do to keep your newly encapsulated crawl space in full working order is simply to do a visual inspection occasionally. By checking out the crawl space on occasion, it will be much less likely that you have a leak that is left unattended to or any problem that could compromise the effectiveness of the system is not tended to right away. It will especially be important to check out your crawl space after periods of high rain if you are in a low-lying area. Even though the crawl space is encapsulated, high water levels can still seep in if there is an extreme amount of rain.
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