Determine if the crawl space can be encapsulated in its current form. If not, either make any changes needed to prepare it for sealing, or do not encapsulate. Encapsulating a crawl space can create new problems if it’s not done correctly, so in some cases, a crawl space should not be encapsulated. Two big issues that must be looked at carefully are bulk water problems and the possibility of backdrafting combustion appliances in the crawl space. Pest control also places some restrictions on the details of encapsulation.