Take a moment to think about your basement. Basements are notoriously damp and musty, and you may find that your own is home to excess moisture, mold, pests, or other unwanted visitors. Many homeowners in southern York County, Maine, and along New Hampshire’s Seacoast assume that this area doesn’t have a major impact on the home; but the truth is that the health of your basement can affect your entire home.
For better indoor air quality (IAQ), freedom from basement moisture issues, and an overall healthier home, consider basement encapsulation by the team at STP Home Performance.
Why Do I Need Basement Encapsulation?
Basements and crawlspaces often have drainage issues and air leaks which allow excess moisture, pests, and outside pollutants to seep in. This leads to further issues such as mold and mildew growth, rotting wood, animal waste, and musty odors. Through air leaks leading up to your living spaces, contaminants are able to travel through your home, harming your IAQ and potentially even making you and your family sick.
The problem becomes even worse if you have ductwork running through your basement. When this is the case, mold, debris, and other contaminants can seep into your ductwork via leaks and gaps—thus getting distributed throughout the entire home.
Basement Encapsulation: Our Process
Basement encapsulation is the process of sealing up the basement to keep water, moisture and other outside contaminants from entering your basement and home.
Drainage & Sump Pump
We begin the encapsulation process by laying down a heavy duty dimple pad along the floor and up the walls of the basement. This dimple pad serves as a vapor barrier which allows any incoming water to flow underneath to the sump pump.
Then, we apply spray foam insulation to the basement walls and rim joist, tying in the dimple pad coming up 1' on the wall for a continuous air and vapor barrier.
The Benefits of Basement Encapsulation
When completed by a trained professional, basement encapsulation offers valuable benefits not only for your basement but for your entire home. Benefits may include:
Healthier indoor air quality
Indoor moisture control
Reduced risk of mold growth
Enhanced indoor comfort
Greater peace of mind
If you have ductwork in your basement, we recommend pairing basement encapsulation with duct sealing and insulation for optimum indoor air quality and efficient house performance.
Encapsulate Your Basement with STP Home Performance
At STP Home Performance, we take pride in offering homeowners in the Wells, York, and Portsmouth areas trusted expertise as we make their homes more comfortable and efficient. Whether you plan on leaving your basement unfinished or plan to finish your basement, basement encapsulation is the solution for better indoor air quality and a healthier home overall. We’ll complete the encapsulation process with the utmost attention to detail, with our owner on-site overseeing the work.