Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
Columbus, OH, falls victim to the same unpredictable weather patterns as most of the Midwest. That means your crawl space may frequently be damp, musty or even unusable. If you’re trying to store valuables or personal items in these spaces, you may frequently find their integrity compromised by the weather and flooding.
You don’t have to resign yourself to that kind of damage. If you insulate or encapsulate your crawl space, you can overcome leaks, flooding and Ohio’s fluctuating weather to keep your belongings safe.
That said, there are some distinct differences between insulation and encapsulation. Depending on your situation, you may be able to get away with insulating your crawl space without encapsulating it. Other times, you may benefit from stacking these practices.
Let’s dive into the differences between insulation and encapsulation so you can determine for yourself how to best overcome the precipitation in Columbus, OH.
If you’ve just moved into a home with a crawl space, or you’re not sure what to do with the space you have, never fear. Crawl spaces are workable extensions of your home that actually can be used!.
If you are going to use your crawl space, though, you’re going to need to make sure your belongings will stay safe within the space. This is where insulation comes in handy. Insulation helps keep your crawl space warm when the weather turns cold and rainy. It will also work to prevent leaks and should lower your heating and cooling bills, as long as it’s been appropriately installed.
Insulation creates a barrier between the inside of your home and the outside. That barrier will, in turn, keep your pipes from breaking open, reduce the amount of cold air that makes its way indoors, and preserve the foundation of your home.
So if your crawl space is unusually cold or prone to leaks, consider insulating it. When you have a contractor helping you out, the process typically looks like this:
There are several benefits to insulating your crawl space, including:
However, do note that the insulation process may be expensive if your crawl space is especially large. It’s also worth noting that insulation won’t keep water from getting into your crawl space if it comes up through your foundation.
If you do have a crawl space that’s prone to leaks, you’ll want to consider encapsulating it. The encapsulation process expands on the insulation process. Specifically, it allows for the implementation of waterproofing solutions that’ll keep your crawl space dry even in the worst of central Ohio’s weather.
The encapsulation process typically requires the following:
Again, the encapsulation process rids your crawl space of excess water and keeps your belongings safer during the Ohio winter. However, the process can be expensive, depending on how much work you need. It may be easier, too, to include encapsulation work during an insulation job so as to benefit from both.
Don’t let bad weather or a leaky foundation keep you from using your crawl space. When you work with the right contractor, you can easily reclaim these spaces in your home.