Due to studies of a process known as the “Stack Effect,” we know that outdoor air will enter the home through your basement or crawl space and rise into the upper living space. In fact, as much as 50 percent of the air you breathe in your home is coming from the lower level. If that air is not good quality and vaporous, it will carry nasty odors, contaminants, allergens, and dangerous soil gases with it as this air travels through to the top of your home.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends encapsulation to recondition the crawl space. Sealing the space with an encapsulation system can combat many issues including moisture, mold, mildew, musty odors, critters, and wood rot. However, even the heaviest liners do not offer protection against Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) such as radon, benzene, contaminated groundwater, and dangerous soil vapor. Exposure to these contaminants over time can put you and your family’s health at risk. Short term exposure to high levels of vaporous organics can cause eye and respiratory irritation, headache or nausea. Breathing low levels of organic vapors over a long period of time may increase an individual’s risk for respiratory ailments, cancer and other health problems.
If you are concerned about VOC’s making their way into your home through the crawl space, WhiteCap® VOC Block is the solution! WhiteCap® VOC Block is a revolutionary new liner and the industry’s only true gas, vapor and moisture barrier that will truly improve the indoor air quality in your home. This liner undergoes a specialized laminating process that marries seven layers of protective materials into one unique system. The EVOH-infused core layer of VOC Block is the key to protecting your family’s health while also preventing damage to your home from the outside elements. When installed in your home, you get all of the benefits of encapsulation plus extra peace of mind.
To learn more about this exciting new liner material, schedule an inspection with a certified WhiteCap™ installer. Fill out our contact form today to be matched with an installer in your area.