Thermal Acoustical Pest Control (TAP) Insulation
EPA-registered TAP pest control insulation is an innovative solution for removing unwanted pests from the home while helping save money on energy costs all year long.
As an EPA-registered pesticide, TAP pest control insulation controls common pests that invade the home through the attic such as ants, boxelder bugs, centipedes, cockroaches, millipedes, silverfish, and stink bugs.
TAP is green and aligns with current IPM techniques. When added to existing insulation or installed on its own, TAP insulation controls bugs and helps to keep the air in the living areas of your home comfortable. It reduces the required energy needed to heat or cool the home and, in turn, reduces your heating and cooling costs.
Uniquely offering two solutions in one product: an energy-efficient blown-in insulation coupled with the added value of pest control. TAP pest control insulation helps keep the bugs out and comfort in.
There is always air movement occurring between your crawl space and house. Even if your floor is insulated, air is still traveling throughout your house. This process is called the stack effect or convection. Warm air in the upper level of your home rises and is expelled through windows, vents, cracks, and gaps. As it rises, air from lower levels, including the crawl space, of your home rushes in to fill the vacuum.
Air from your crawlspace enters your home along with everything in it. Odors, fungus spores, and dust mite feces enter your home. This can cause a variety of respiratory problems, including allergies and asthma. Air, often filled with more moisture, gets sucked into the crawl space from the outdoors. In this sense, a poorly designed crawl space acts like a bad air machine.
Excess moisture in a vented, dirt-floored crawl space can damage insulation while also causing fungus problems.
Heavy-duty moisture barriers used in the encapsulation process transform the crawl space into a dry, clean, energy-efficient part of the house.
Steps to installing a crawl space encapsulation
- Install airtight doors & vent covers: Sealing your crawl space doors and vents stops the cycle of cold, humidity, and moisture entering from the outside air. However, water can still enter your crawlspace in many ways.
- Remove any standing water sources: The next step is to eliminate any sources of flooding in your crawl space by installing a crawl space drain and sump pump system. This eliminates flooding water from your crawl space, but moisture can still enter directly through the concrete and floor in the form of water vapor.
- Encapsulate & insulate the crawl space: To stop moisture from passing through your floors and porous concrete walls, a crawl space vapor barrier should be installed. A durable liner will allow for servicemen to use the space without damage while transforming your crawl space into usable storage space. This is also the best time to install crawl space insulation on your walls or floors. Installing crawl space drainage matting underneath the crawl space liner will help direct water to the drainage system and sump pump.
- Install a dehumidifier: Installing an energy-efficient, self-draining crawl space dehumidifier will keep your space dry. Our crawl space dehumidifier system includes a filter that removes particles from the air as small as 2 microns. This ensures that your crawl space is protected from fungus, dust mites, and mildew damage, permanently!