Has anyone encapsulated the crawl space of their home? Do you feel it's worth whatever you paid for it? Do you see a difference in the dust in your home? A different in your energy bills?
Would love to hear experiences with it, good or bad.
I've never done so, but found this informative link you may have missed, Indexlady:
I don't have a traditional crawl space as my house is built on the side of a hill. However, the original homeowner had the part of the hill that was against the house dug out, built out with concrete and covered with an applied moisture barrier. They also added an exhaust fan to help control the humidity.
The biggest difference for the house is the elimination of moisture problems and that dank smell that you get in many houses in my area. Because we don't use the central heat or air and keep the windows open all the time, there's no difference in utility costs or the amount of dust in the house.
We've talked to many of the different installers, and listened to all they have to say, read on the Internet, etc.
But, really just want to hear a real life experiences with it. No one I know has had it done.
Musty odors aren't a problem. Not sure mildew is, either. Our utility bills aren't outrageous. I'm not convinced we'd be better off putting money elsewhere. Hubby wants it, but just because it would be nicer for him when he goes into the space to work.
As to your husband's point, I do have to say that any workers who need to access the area get a big smile on their face when they see the nice concrete area where they will be working versus crawling in the dirt.
If he just wants a nicer place to work he can roll some plastic down himself. He only needs to do the area from the entry to the utilities. That would save a lot of money.
It would be interesting to get some responses of someone who has had it done.
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