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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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4 Reasons To Install A Vapor Barrier

by Mike Brewer

A vapor barrier, like its name would indicate, is a home waterproofing solution that is installed in your basement, crawlspace, or another area of your home that consists of a plastic barrier that is designed to keep moisture out of your home. Different varieties of vapor barriers available, each with a different level of permeability, but all vapor barriers offer a similar set of advantages to your home. Understanding what some of the benefits associated with a vapor barrier are can help you figure out if you should have one installed during your home construction or remodeling project.

1. Water Damage Protection

The largest and most obvious advantage associated with installing a vapor barrier inside of your home is that it will protect the area it is installed in against potential water damage. This means that you won't have to worry about structural damage to wood, including warping and rotting, bubbling or peeling wallpaper and paint, and most importantly, unseen mold and mildew growth which can be hazardous to your health and can aggravate or even cause respiratory problems and illnesses. The saved repair and mold remediation costs that a vapor barrier provides can offset the initial cost of installing the barrier as well, making it a sound financial decision to consider.

2. Corrosion Protection

Another important thing to take into consideration, beyond the more common forms of water damage above, is the fact that water exposure to metal installations in your home can cause rust and structural degradation. A vapor barrier may be necessary to install in your crawlspace or attic to protect your home's duct work, HVAC system components, or other metal appliances and systems in your home from rusting away and requiring expensive repair or replacement down the line. 

3. Comfort Levels

In a related but tangential train of thought to the above points, a vapor barrier will also reduce the amount of ambient moisture in the air in your home, keeping humidity low and boosting comfort levels. This is especially important for homes that live in tropical or otherwise warm areas, as lower humidity levels can translate into reduced energy bills in the summer as your air conditioner does not have to work for as long to cool the air down.

4. Electrical Problems

Vapor barriers also protect your home's electrical system against the very real and very dangerous potential of moisture and condensation exposure. Water and electricity do not mix, and the combination can create sparks that could pose a serious fire hazard to your home -- at the very least, such a mixture can cause damage to your appliances and can result in a hefty repair bill.

For more information, contact your local crawl space encapsulation service. 

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