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Don't live with a damp, mildewed crawlspace

Jun 11, 2008
Sick of that damp, musty crawlspace? Fortunately, there's a way you can end up with a dry, safe and efficient crawlspace without shelling out a fortune. Do the encapsulation project yourself and save!

A nasty, damp, mildewy crawlspace isn't only uncomfortable and unsightly; it's unsafe and it's costing you money. Your overall goal should be a dry crawlspace that's safe and efficient. The energy efficiency of a properly sealed crawlspace is 15 to 18 percent greater than a non-sealed crawlspace. And in these days of increased energy prices - and greater awareness of the environment - every bit of savings helps.

When first faced with your dank, mildew-infested crawlspace, you probably recoil with a gasp of revulsion. The next thought that likely enters your mind is, "I should get that icky thing taken care of." But how do you go about it? Where do you start?

For starters, you need to decide whether to go to the expense of having a professional firm come in and tackle your crawlspace encapsulation or whether you'd like to save up to 80 percent of the expense and do it yourself (it's really simple - and inexpensive), aided by clearly laid-out instructions. Faced with those options, seems like a pretty easy choice, doesn't it?

Okay, now that that's settled, you just need to decide where to get all the stuff to do your encapsulation. You need to consider materials, application and finishing the project.

Materials - You'll want a liner that can be used in a closed crawlspace or simply as a vapor barrier. One of the best liners available is a lightweight, pliable 20-mil, fire-resistant vapor barrier treated with an antimicrobial agent. This patent-pending liner is almost half the weight - and twice the strength - of traditional 20-mil liners. You'll also want to make sure you get a cushioning liner, which adds yet another level of protection in high-traffic areas.

Application - To go with your ultra-light liner, you need an equally innovative application method - like an adhesive that works on virtually any surface (wood, metal, concrete) and acts as a sealant one that's water based (not solvent based) and won't leave volatile fumes in your work area.

This patent-pending application system passes the already-strict 2006 crawlspace codes; it eliminates the need to wrestle with cumbersome equipment in your crawlspace. Simply apply the adhesive, put down the liner, install pumps and a dehumidifier and you're done.

Finishing the Project - That's it. Honest. And don't you feel good? You've tackled a do-it-yourself home-repair project and saved yourself plenty of green in the process. Traditional crawlspace sealing and treatment procedures can cost anywhere from $3 to $4 per square foot, this simple application system costs as little as a dollar per square foot - including the cost of fabric, adhesive, dehumidifier, pumps, masks and Tyvek suits!

The stringent international crawlspace already in place are getting even tougher. That's why it's vital to get your materials from someone who's informed about these important compliance issues.

Get your do-it-yourself kit from a reputable dealer who specializes in doing crawlspace encapsulations someone with satisfied customers in virtually every state in the United States and all across Canada.

You want to work with a company that understands how hard it is to work with bulky rolls of material a company that ships manageable 50-foot rolls, cut to the precise width you need - rolls that weigh about 15 to 18 pounds. You also want to order your crawlspace-enclosure supplies from someone who supplies a step-by-step installation manual (complete with instructions and drawings). Contact the do-it-yourself crawlspace experts at YourCrawlspace.com. Visit them at www.YourCrawlspace.com for all your crawlspace-encapsulation needs.
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