South Carolina Crawlspace Encapsulation – What to Look For in an Installer
So, you’ve decided to make your home a healthier and more pleasant place to live by encapsulating the crawlspace. If done properly, those musty smells will almost immediately disappear. If done properly, that mold and mildew on the framing will not grow back and the water dripping from the plumbing and ductwork will cease to be an issue. Your allergy symptoms may even disappear. So what is “done properly?”
Having a crawlspace installed properly starts with hiring the best contractor for the job. What sort of questions should you ask a prospective installation contractor? Crawlspace encapsulation is not rocket science but if not properly done you will not get the desired results. When hiring a crawlspace contractor, hire a specialist. You wouldn’t call a pediatrician to do your heart surgery. Neither should you hire a pest control specialist or a heating and air specialist or a window specialist to deal with a crawlspace moisture issue.
Ask about experience. How long has your prospective crawlspace contractor been doing installations? How many installations have they done? What kind of training do they have? What kind of materials have they tested and why do they install the particular materials they recommend? Does your installer take a cookie-cutter approach or are their recommendations specifically tailored to your home? Can they offer references?
YourCrawlSpace, Inc. pioneered crawlspace encapsulation in the southeast. We have been in the crawlspace encapsulation business since 2004 and have done hundreds of encapsulations across South Carolina. Our crawlspace encapsulation system has been installed in Advanced Energy’s System Vision homes for Habitat for Humanity. We have partnered with Oak Ridge Laboratories, the US Department of Energy, and the EPA to install our crawlspace encapsulation system in several test homes for the ZEBRAlliance research project in Tennessee. YourCrawlSpace developed patented materials for crawlspace encapsulation that have been tested extensively in the humid southeastern climate. All of the materials we recommend and use grew out of our experience with the Deapartment of Energy, the EPA, Advanced Energy, Oak Ridge Laboratories, the ZEBRAlliance and nearly a decade of performing encapsulation installations.
YourCrawlSpace’s sister company is Carolina Green Energy Systems, a full service, comprehensive energy performance contractor also serving all of South Carolina. Our installers are certified in whole-house weatherization, have extensive training in building science, and are EPA certified renovators. Our crawlspace installation crews are supervised by Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified building analysts. Our company and our crews are specialists. We’re not a contractor that specializes in one thing but sometimes do crawlspace encapsulation.
So, if you’re thinking about encapsulating that crawlspace, you’ll be amazed to discover that it costs no more to use the very best. We’re always happy to provide references.