While a homeowner shouldn’t try crawlspace encapsulation on their own, it is a good idea for any homeowner who is having issues with this part of their home to understand the basics of the process. To start, a contractor will review home plans or the property itself. Walking or inspecting the property will typically include both a visual inspection and taking moisture readings in various locations throughout the crawlspace.
Based on the inspection, the contractor will develop a plan to make repairs. During this time, it may be to do some prep work, such as installing newer, safer wiring for the work crews to have electricity for their tools. After this, work can begin. Typically, a contractor will start by repairing or replacing any damaged structural components. This could mean removing and replacing rotten wood beams.
Next, debris from this part of the process is removed. Once this is completed it’s time to treat the structure in order to prevent or discourage mold and other pests from causing damage in the future. Typically this is done through a fogging gas that deposits protective chemicals deep into the wood of the structure. After this, elements such as foam insulation can be installed, along with any other items the homeowner may want.