If your home has a crawl space, you know that like an attic or a garage, your crawl space can alter the temperature of the room(s) adjacent to it. In addition, it can be prone to moisture that can lead to mold and mildew. By insulating your crawl space, you can help keep your home comfortable and eliminate any future moisture damage; it’s a job that you can do yourself, however, you’ll need several materials and a good amount of time to make sure it’s insulated properly. Here’s how you can do it:
What you’ll need to insulate a crawl space:
- Foam Insulation Boards
- Vent Covers (if needed)
- Caulk or Foam Sealant
- Plastic Vapor Barriers
How to Insulate a Crawl Space
- If you’re insulating your crawl space for cold temperatures, you’ll want to start by sealing up any holes and vents to make the area as airtight as possible.
- If you have vents, choose the right size and shape vent covers and tightly seal them over your vents.
- Next, use caulk or foam sealant to fill in any cracks, holes, or gaps as well as rim joists around the crawl space.
- After that, use heavy-duty weatherstripping to seal any hatchways to the exterior so that there are no drafts or entrance points for moisture.
- With construction adhesive or mechanical fasteners, secure your foam insulation boards to the inside of your foundation walls. (Make sure they’re as tall as your crawl space area and that they’re installed tightly against each other.)
- Use your caulk or foam sealant to seal the seams in between the boards.
- For extra insulation, repeat the process so that you have a double layer of insulation board.
- Lay down your plastic vapor barrier over your floor to prevent excess moisture and attach it to the bottom of your insulation boards. If you plan on using your crawl space for storage, make sure your barrier can withstand foot traffic.
- To keep your crawl space dry all year round, consider investing in a sump pump or a dehumidifier.