Say goodbye to that icky crawlspace!

Say goodbye to that icky crawlspace!
by Bennie Marshall

Saving money and labor is always a good thing – especially when it comes to treating your damp, nasty, mildewed crawlspace. Here’s one of the best ways to tackle this project yourself and save plenty!

Is your crawlspace dank and mildewed? Does the mere thought of it give you the creeps? If so, it’s not only hideous it’s unsafe – and it’s costing you money! You need a nice, dry crawlspace that’s both energy efficient and safe. A properly sealed crawlspace can be 15 to 18 percent more efficient than a non-sealed one. And let’s face it, with rising energy costs and heightened environmental considerations, homeowners can use all the savings they can get.

Faced with a damp, mildewy crawlspace, your natural response is probably something akin to “Ick!” But your next reaction ought to be, “How do I get this fixed?”

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.

Do It Yourself Project

Application – Staples, teensy little nails and tack strips are the norm; plus, they’ve got another thing in common: they all punch itty-bitty holes in the liner and doesn’t that defeat the purpose of installing a vapor barrier in your crawlspace? You need an adhesive that will bond the liner to any surface you have in there: wood metal or concrete – and which will also act as a sealant. Double duty – we like that. Plus, look for a water-based adhesive (instead of a solvent-based one) that won’t cause a buildup of volatile fumes while you’re working.

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 – Okay, now that you’re done, take a look in your wallet see that? Big savings. Really big savings! Hundreds maybe thousands of dollars. Traditional crawlspace treatment and sealing procedures can cost $3-4 per square foot but doing it yourself with this revolutionary patent-pending system costs as little as $1 per square foot, start to finish – and that includes the cost of the liner, adhesive, pumps and dehumidifier, plus Tyvek suits and masks! That’s a savings of up to 80%!

With strict international crawlspace codes already established, it’s important to get your materials from a supplier well informed about these compliance issues; that’s particularly important now, given the July 2008 code changes being implemented.

Ideally, you’ll want to get your do-it-yourself kit from a reputable source specializing in crawlspace encapsulations. You want to work with a firm who has satisfied customers in virtually every state in the United States, as well as all over Canada.

Look for someone who understands that homeowners have better things to do than fight with bulky rolls of heavy material someone who ships user-friendly 50-foot rolls of liner material (weighing just 15 to 18 pounds) cut to the exact width you need and who provides an illustrated step-by-step instruction manual. You need the do-it-yourself pros at YourCrawlspace.com. Visit them online at www.YourCrawlspace.com to make your nastiest crawlspace headaches go away.

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