Top Three Reasons to Install Vapor Barriers in Crawl Space

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Moisture in crawl spaces can cause a number of serious problems. Fortunately, it’s easy to prevent moisture from accumulating by installing vapor barriers. Vapor barriers should be made of professional-grade products, not recycled materials. The thickness of a vapor barrier should be 6, 8, 10, 12 or 20. Higher vapor barriers lower the amount of moisture that gets through and is more resistant to punctures.

#1: Vapor barriers keep moisture from getting into the home

High-quality vapor barriers cover all of the exposed ground inside a crawlspace. The ground typically consists of soil or sand present before the house was constructed. If the moisture from the ground starts to rise up, it can permeate the material of the home. The condensation can turn to liquid water, leading to mold and fungi growth. These factors can cause wood rot. A vapor barrier prevents the moisture from reaching the lower levels of your house.

Installing a vapor barrier can also improve the air quality in a home and prevent pipes from freezing. As a result, you can more easily and efficiently heat and cool your home.

#2: Vapor barriers keep out animals

Crawl spaces are preferred hiding spots for nocturnal animals and animals that live in dark, tightly enclosed spaces. Vapor barriers can minimize infestation by larger animals such as mice, rats, opossums, skunks and snakes. It’s harder to keep out insects and spiders. Vapor barriers can lessen the amount of territory they have to colonize.

#3: Vapor barriers are non-toxic

Certain measures to reduce moisture and animal life in crawl spaces are dangerous for people. The powdered form of lime, also known as calcium hypochlorite, creates heat as it undergoes a chemical change. This results in the production of chlorine gas, which is toxic to people. It’s best to avoid chemical means of protection. This is particularly true if you have pets like cats that have a habit of hiding in such spots.

If you’re in need of an experienced professional to install vapor barriers in your crawl space or repair your roof, contact Mimms Roofing and Water Restoration in Clarksville, Tennessee. Mimms Roofing workers can be reached at (931) 444-5251. Our team can assess how best to serve you and get you on track to full protection.