Crawl space encapsulation is one of the most popular ways to seal the crawl space. This process entails covering the floor and walls with thick white plastic sheets. To keep the crawl space dry and mold-free, you’ll need to invest in a sump pump and a dehumidifier. It all comes down to having a dry crawl room, which has a lot of advantages! Let’s take a closer look.
The most significant advantage of a crawl space 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 crawl space 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 crawl space doesn’t. The trade-off is that a crawl space 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 crawl space 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, crawl space foundations are used. In places where the ground is vulnerable to excessive dampness or termites, crawl spaces are also the basis of choice.