The vapor barrier in your home’s crawl space should last for many years. If yours is older, it may be time to get it inspected and if needed, replaced. Here are the most common signs you should keep an eye out for to determine if your crawl space vapor barrier needs attention:
Water Or Drainage Problems
If you’re noticing excess humidity and moisture in your home, it may be time to replace you vapor barrier. Vapor barriers add an additional layer of security to your home by protecting it against excess moisture that can form mold and mildew.
Higher Energy Costs
If you’re seeing higher energy costs and everything else in your home is up-to-date, all that energy could be escaping through your crawl space. Controlling the moisture in your home will also make your home more energy-efficient and cost less to heat and cool. A vapor barrier achieves this by improving the effectiveness of any sealing and insulation in your home.
Poor Air Quality
Much of the air in our homes is affected by our basements and crawl spaces. If the air quality there is low and there is moisture, mold and mildew can form. This will reduce the air quality of your home and lead to problems like aggravated allergies and a musty smell.
The Presence Of Pests
Noticing more bugs and other creepy crawlies in your home? They could be getting through your old vapor barrier and it’s time for a new one. A new, improved vapor barrier can prevent pests from coming into your home by creating a barrier between it and the bare flooring of the crawlspace.
Call The Professionals For A Home Inspection
If you need a new vapor barrier installed in your crawlspace, call the experts at Missouri Basement. We will come into your home for a free estimate, diagnose the problem and fix it with high-quality solutions you can trust.