How to Install a Crawl Space Barrier
By Mark J. Donovan
||A crawl space barrier can dramatically reduce moisture levels in your crawl space. A crawl space barrier used in conjunction with crawl space vents can help protect your home from mold, mildew and rot.
Crawl spaces are frequently used instead of concrete slabs or full basements to support a home. They are typically unfinished and provide access to electrical wiring and plumbing pipes.
If however a crawl space barrier, crawl space vents and insulation are not installed properly a home could be at risk of damage.
Due to the fact that crawl spaces are in contact with the ground, and frequently have earth floors, high moisture levels can exist in crawl spaces if crawl space barriers are not installed. The high moisture levels can lead to condensation to form on a home’s floor joists and sills which overtime can lead to rot and decay.
To protect the crawl space barrier from becoming ripped or damaged, and as an alternative to using bricks, apply a 1 to 2 inch layer of sand over the crawl space barrier. Additionally you can put a thin layer of crushed stone on top of the sand.
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