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What You Need to Know About a Crawlspace Vapor Barrier
Have you ever heard of a crawlspace vapor barrier, but don’t know much about it or why you would need one? Here are some of the basics of what you need to know about a crawlspace vapor barrier for your home.

First of all, if you’re reading this, we assume you have a crawlspace under your home. The crawlspace is an unoccupied space underneath your home that may be used for storage or utilities but is not intended to be occupied. A crawlspace is the lowest level of your home and therefore more prone to intrusion by moisture, pests, or harmful gases like radon. Even though you aren’t living in the crawlspace, these sorts of issues are still important to address, or even better, to prevent. After all, up to 40% of the air in your home could be coming from the crawlspace.

There are many ways to protect your crawlspace from environmental hazards that can travel up to your home. Some, like water, can cause structural damage to your home beyond health hazards, such as fostering mold growth. One of the best ways to protect your health and your home is to install a crawlspace vapor barrier in your new or purchased home. You will also want to make sure that sources of water, such as gutters, divert water far enough away from your home. A proper gutter system combined with a crawlspace vapor barrier provides the healthiest indoor air quality throughout your home.

To find out more about crawlspace vapor barriers and what they do, give us a call! We’re always happy to help.