Did you know that controlling moisture can save you money by moderating temperatures and making your home more energy efficient? Additionally, it will be more comfortable and deter the growth of mold in often-neglected areas of your home. Luckily there are many moisture-control products and services on the market that can help your home and your wallet. One of these solutions is a vapor barrier, also known as a vapor diffusion retarder. There are several reasons why you should install a vapor barrier in your home:
- Control the temperature in your home and save energy
- Limit moisture brought in by the soil under your house
- Protect your pipes and home electrical systems
- Preserve your home’s foundation and avoid wood rot
Free Moisture Inspection
Identify: Look for signs of moisture in your basement or crawlspace
Inspect: One of our trained technicians will go to your location to see if a vapor barrier is the right solution for you
Treatment: By installing a vapor barrier, you are preventing moisture from entering your home from the soil below
Maintenance: Vapor barriers require minimal upkeep
How to Identify a Moisture Problem
Vapor barriers can help your home stay dry by reducing the water permeability of the space. At Carolina Pest Management, we have seen the need for moisture control with our Charlotte clients and we provide those services to cover your home’s needs!
- Signs of rust
- Standing water
- Rotting wood
- Mold or mildew
- A foul odor
- Pest infestations
Our Moisture Inspection Process
We’ll do a complete inspection around your house and depending on the type of problem, we’ll recommend a solution that meets your unique needs and budget. We often recommend using a vapor barrier in your crawlspace to keep moisture in the soil from being absorbed by your home’s foundation. It’s also a good idea to control moisture with a vapor barrier where you have piping, to avoid potential rust or damage.
Moisture Control Treatment: Vapor Barrier
The vapor barrier is manually installed by our technicians to prevent ground moisture from rising to the substructure. There are different types of vapor barriers based on units of permeability (the ability for liquids or gas to pass through a material), known as perms. We can help analyze your situation and will install the proper vapor barrier to fulfill your home’s moisture control needs.
Vapor Barrier Maintenance
Vapor barriers require minimal upkeep. If you discover that moisture has returned to your crawlspace or basement, contact the professionals at Carolina Pest Management. We will make sure the vapor barrier is intact and functioning properly.
Frequently Asked Questions: Vapor Barrier
Where should you install a vapor barrier?
Crawlspaces and basements typically benefit from vapor barriers. Vapor barriers are thin layers of material that will keep moisture in the soil from getting into the building. Vapor barriers won’t only keep your home drier but will also protect any wiring and ductwork from moisture damage.
What types of materials are used for vapor barriers?
The International Residential Code has three classes of vapor barriers. They classify the barriers based on their permeability. Examples of Class I include glass, metal and polyethylene sheets. Class II includes plywood and 30-pound asphalt coated paper. Class III examples include brick, house wrap, concrete block, and gypsum board.
Can I add a vapor barrier to an existing home?
Yes, but the process is more involved than when adding vapor barriers to new construction. However, installers can work with you to install vapor barriers to areas such as the basement and crawlspace to reduce moisture levels in those areas.
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