Crawlspace encapsulation is one of the most popular ways to seal the crawlspace. This process entails covering the floor and walls with thick, white, plastic sheets. To keep the crawlspace dry and mold-free, you’ll need to invest in a sump pump and a dehumidifier. It all comes down to having a dry crawlspace, which has a lot of advantages! Let’s take a closer look.
The most significant advantage of a crawlspace over a concrete slab base is that the systems, as mentioned earlier, such as wiring, plumbing, gas hookups, and ventilation, are all readily accessible. If you have an issue with these aspects of your home, you or a contractor can make the required repairs by crawling into the crawlspace underneath the building.
Basements (finished or unfinished) provide links to the structures mentioned above. They have more livable space (which 44 percent of real estate agents claim their clients want), while a crawlspace doesn’t. The trade-off is that a crawlspace can save you a lot of money when you’re building a house — and most basements aren’t included in a home’s square footage anyway. A crawlspace foundation will cost between $8,000 and $21,000 on average, while a basement will cost between $18,000 and $30,000, based on total square footage.
When a traditional basement isn’t an option, such as on a waterfront property or where the ground is sloped, crawlspace foundations are used. In places where the ground is vulnerable to excessive dampness or termites, crawlspaces are also the basis of choice.