Encapsulate a crawl space?

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Encapsulate a crawl space?

Postby MEmama on Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:47 am

We have a Maine farm house built in 1873. The original part of the house has a full basement. The 'ell' was supposedly built on at a later date and it has a 1 to 2 foot crawl space. We need to remove the flooring (to put back later) and fix piers and probably a sill. From our one opening into the space we can see one of the beams has fallen off it's pier. We will more than likely put in new piers since the piles of rock there now look rather precarious. The outer foundation walls are granite blocks. I've been trying to research the best way to insulate the crawl space and most sites recommend encapsulating the area. We will be running electric, water, and heating water through the crawl space. Is encapsulation the way to go with and old house? How about the need for a dehumidifier in the crawl space? We will not be putting any insulation or vapor barrier to the inside of the house from the crawl space. Thanks.
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