Crawl spaces are present on many homes and provide homeowners with many unique benefits. However, it is important to seriously consider crawl space encapsulation for these areas. That's because they are one of the most common invasion routes for pests and must be properly sealed off to ensure that a homeowner doesn't need more extensive pest management care for their home.
Many Pests Invade Crawl Spaces
A crawl space is often a good choice for those people who build homes on soil that cannot support a basement or a larger level of excavation. However, these crawl spaces are still potentially an issue because they may be a common target for many pests. Ants, termites, mice, snakes, and much more all commonly find their way into a crawl space and make nests there inside of a home.
This type of activity is common because crawl spaces provide a safe, dark, and moisture-rich environment in which they can hide. The structural integrity of the crawl space makes these pests feel more comfortable and makes it harder to get them out. However, a high-quality crawl space encapsulation can help prevent this problem in a myriad of unique ways that are worth considering.
How Crawl Space Encapsulation Helps
Crawl space encapsulation is the process of sealing off a crawl space with stronger materials and creating a very contained and strong area at the bottom of a house. This process helps to keep pests out by enhancing the air quality and eliminating moisture. As a result, mold won't grow here and the water won't attract various types of pests that would otherwise be happy to call a crawl space their home.
Just as importantly, encapsulation creates a stronger exterior for the crawl space, including using exclusion techniques to block off routes of invasion. As a result, it is often impossible for any pests, no matter how small, to make their way into a crawl space. In this way, homeowners can feel comfortable knowing that their crawl space won't let any pests into their home.
And this process is important because the crawl space is easily the most common way for pests to invade a home. However, homeowners also need to consider other steps, such as enhancing their windows, doors, and other portals, to ensure that pests don't sneak around these areas and find a way into a home and into the always attractive crawl space.