Crawl Space Vapor Barrier
Crawl spaces are a common sight across the United States, and they represent a significant challenge when it comes to radon infiltration. With radon infiltration in properties with regular foundations, or properties where a basement is present, the issue is generally easier to solve. But there’s no need to panic – at Fort Wayne Radon, we’re well-versed in handling crawl spaces. The primary radon mitigation method that we use to overcome radon infiltration in properties with crawl spaces is using crawl space vapor barriers. This isn’t the only way to handle radon in your property, but it has the most efficacy, and avoids issues that might crop up with other techniques. For further information regarding these interventions, read on below or reach out to our customer service representatives.
Radon represents a significant issue for property owners. It can cause a myriad of health issues, though they’re mostly concerned with respiratory systems. Long term exposure is a typical cause of lung cancer, and it goes without saying just how devastating this can be for people. A crawl space vapor barrier provides a comprehensive protection against radon infiltration, and since it won’t be able to enter your property through the crawl space, you’ll be protected from harm. Alternatives simply don’t match up to a crawl space vapor barrier in terms of efficacy.
Some people might advise you to vent out your crawl space to avoid radon infiltration, but this is rarely the optimal course of action. While it does resolve high radon levels, it’ll also make it far more likely that you’ll suffer from other issues. For one, it’s going to make your property much colder, and if you’re able to use property heating to fight this effect, you’ll then have to deal with much higher utility bills. Of course, it’ll also give access to pests, and an infestation is the last thing that you’ll want to deal with.
One of the issues that you could suffer from with a ventilated crawl space (or with any crawl space without a vapor barrier) is the spread of mold. Mold can be a dastardly presence to handle. It lowers the air quality in the building, causes breathing difficulties, and even makes it likely that the wooden joists and support beams will rot and deteriorate. If you’re not careful, mold can quickly spread across vast spaces in your property, and it’s much harder to get rid of once it has arrived than it is to prevent it from sprouting up in the first place.
There are other considerable benefits on offer to those who take the vapor barrier course of action. One positive impact is that your property will become more comfortable. People with vapor barriers in their crawl spaces routinely report that their properties are warmer, with no draughts, and that this also results in lower energy bills. Considering the general improvement in the quality of living in the building, it would seem like madness not to consider a crawl space vapor barrier.