5 Benefits of Adding a Vapor Barrier to your Crawlspace

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If you’re looking for ways to improve the value and quality of your home, consider a vapor barrier, which provides many benefits. Vapor barriers not only improve the health of your home but also your health and safety. Most homes with crawlspaces have a vapor barrier added, but that may not always be the case. And sometimes, vapor barriers get ripped or removed by previous homeowners and you may need to replace it. Today on the blog, our Nashville crawlspace waterproofing experts at Ameri Care Services share five benefits of adding a vapor barrier to your crawlspace.

Benefit 1. Seals out moisture

Moisture can seep into your crawlspace from poor drainage issues and can be a natural effect of soil in an enclosed, dark space, like underneath your house. However, a vapor barrier is a buffer between the moist soil and your home, preventing moisture from damaging your foundation and home by keeping the moisture in the soil, rather than your home.

Benefit 2. Prevents mold and structural damage to your home

Moisture inside or outside your home encourages mold, mildew and fungi growth. While these substances are damaging to your health, they also pose a structural threat to your home. Mold is extremely harmful to air quality, which could cause health problems or worsen lung diseases, and allergies. Mold and moisture also could lead to wood rot and attract wood-destroying pests like termites, which may quickly devour vital support beams in your home, compromising your home’s safety.

Benefit 3. Reduce pests

Stink bugs, ants, mice, spiders and roaches prefer moisture, which makes most crawlspaces the perfect habitat for these pests. Unfortunately, crawlspaces also are easily accessible by most pests and bugs, due to the air vents, crawlspace access points, and from the ground. However, a vapor barrier seals your entire crawlspace, reducing the number of pests that you’ll see inside your home.

Benefit 4. Improve your home’s energy efficiency

Not only do vapor barriers prevent moisture in your crawlspace, but installing a vapor barrier in Murfreesboro also helps insulate your home so that it maintains a comfortable temperature without racking up an expensive utility bill. Therefore, a vapor barrier helps your home remain warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Benefit 5. Access your crawlspace easier

Most homeowners avoid their crawlspace because it’s dark, damp and filled with insects. But after we install a vapor barrier in your crawlspace, taking care of any “to-do tasks” in this area of your home will be a breeze. Plus, you’ll be spared from the dangers of mold and mildew, and pests.

Vapor barrier installation in Nashville, Hermitage, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Your home is a long-term investment. So, it’s natural that you want to protect that investment and have your home remain beautiful and structurally sound for decades. Adding a vapor barrier to your crawlspace could be one of the best investments you can make for your home. Not only does it help protect your home from structural damage and pests, but it also helps reduce mold and mildew that could pose a serious health risk. If you’d like to learn more about crawlspace vapor barriers, please contact Ameri Care Services by calling (615) 893-7111.