What Is A Vapor Barrier?

Since your crawl space isn’t immediately visible, it’s easy for it to become out of sight, out of mind. However, this area is prone to experiencing moisture issues that can compromise your indoor comfort. Vapor barriers, also known as vapor retarders, reduce water damage and similar problems that impact your home.

Baird Foundation Repair is here to keep your home safe from pesky structural issues! With years of experience under our belt, you can rest assured your house is in skilled hands. Read ahead to learn how vapor barriers can safeguard your crawl space and how to tell if you need one.

What Does A Crawl Space Vapor Barrier Do?

Vapor barriers are a crucial part of crawl space waterproofing. For crawl spaces, this component is made of durable polyethylene plastic sheets. These water-resistant retarders are placed on the walls and floors of the area to protect it from moisture and humidity.

At Baird Foundation Repair, we utilize some of the most effective products in the foundation repair industry. CleanSpace® Vapor Barrier is an efficient white liner that we use to encapsulate crawl spaces. This technology contains a mold-resistant additive to offer extra protection to your home.

With our skills, you can rest assured this area will be a clean and dry part of your residence.

What Are Vapor Retarders Used For?

Mold and mildew exposure can be detrimental to your foundation if not corrected. With the help of an efficient retarder, you can successfully control moisture levels within your home. These barriers can be used in multiple areas of your home, such as:

  • Basements
  • Walls and ceilings
  • Crawl spaces
  • Slab-on-grade foundations
  • Flooring

Water-resistant retarders work best in climates with humid temperatures. Since Texas is no stranger to muggy outdoor conditions, this technology is highly effective during the cooling season, when it’s critical to keep humidity from entering your home.

Signs You Need A Vapor Barrier Installation

It can be challenging to determine when you need waterproofing technology to protect your crawl space. Thankfully, your home will showcase a few warning signs when this process is necessary. Understanding the signals of moisture issues in this area will help you determine when to contact our experts for assistance!

There Are Pests In Your Home

It’s difficult to not admire the beauty of nature. However, it’s even more difficult to ignore when the wildlife invades your home! Texas homeowners may encounter various pests in their homes, such as wasps, cockroaches and rodents. An unsealed area provides these animals with an entryway to your home, which can increase the risk of pest infestation.

You Smell Musty Indoor Odors

Mildew and mold have a pungent, musty smell. When this bacteria forms beneath your home, it releases a foul odor into the area. Since the air circulates in this space, the aroma may waft inside your house. If you can’t find the source of the stench, you may want to consider contacting our professionals to inspect your crawl space.

Your Floors Are Bouncy Or Sagging

High amounts of crawl space moisture can cause damage to the floors above them. When this issue occurs, your flooring may seem bouncy or saggy. Installing a protective vapor barrier system will protect your home’s structural integrity. It will also help prevent this problem from occurring in the future.

Reduce Your Water Woes With Vapor Retarders

When moisture is infiltrating your home, don’t let humidity dampen the mood! Baird Foundation Repair has a team of contractors prepared to lend a helping hand. Contact us today to schedule your next encapsulation service!