A sealed crawlspace is one whose floors and walls are lined with a vapor barrier, all of the edges are adhered to the foundation, and all of the seams are overlapped and taped or glued to completely encapsulate the space. Also, the vents, if any, have been closed and sealed. Sealed crawlspaces are either conditioned with the HVAC System or have a permanent dehumidifier located in them. This helps to reduce the amount of moisture in the crawlspace and consequently, in the home. Essentially, the crawlspace becomes a conditioned space as any other part of the home. By sealing your crawlspace, you greatly reduce the growth of mold, minimize the presence of radon, and decrease the amount of bugs present. I recommend sealed crawlspaces because they promote a healthier living environment and are more energy efficient.
What is a sealed crawlspace and why do you recommend them?
Mike Goubran, owner of Carolina Development and Properties, LLC, and its affiliate, Carolina Custom Homes and Renovations, LLC, has been building homes in the Charlotte area for over 20 years. Mike graduated with a degree in Construction Management from East Carolina University and went on to receive a Master of Business Administration from Queens University in Charlotte. He has been a Licensed General Contractor since 1999 and currently holds this designation in both North and South Carolina. Mike is also a Certified Green Professional and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders. Carolina Custom Homes and Renovations is also an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau.