You probably consider your crawlspace one of the least hospitable rooms in your home, but for bugs and mold, the dark, damp environment is the perfect place to thrive. Your crawlspace may include vents that help with the overall climate underneath your home, but often they can’t sufficiently rid the area of pests and other problems.
Vents alone aren’t able to clear away standing water that can accumulate during periods of heavy rain, which can often take days to completely dry out. This stagnant, humid setting is an ideal incubator for mold, mildew, and fungus.
If left untreated, these growths can cause a health risk for your family. The extra moisture retained in your crawlspace also penetrates the wood foundation, which can lead to the development of structural problems such as wood rot and termites.
Your crawlspace is an essential part of your home’s foundation
We offer free in-home evaluations in Indianapolis in order to determine the best, personalized solutions for your home and needs. Because every home is unique in its design, there is no one-size-fits-all method of crawlspace repair. In order to implement the solution that is best for your specific concerns, the crawlspace repairs may take several days to complete, and the working conditions are weather-dependent. We take care to dig trenches by hand, and repair the woodwork in steps to insure the house is properly supported.
Mold in your crawlspace may be the culprit behind any of the following problems in your home:
Our crawlspace encapsulation method is a tried-and-true way of protecting your home from mold and mildew. The first step preparing the crawlspace for encapsulation. This may or may not require some degree of conditioning of the space. If there is sitting water in the crawlspace for example, it will need to be removed in order to prepare for the next steps.
The next step of the encapsulation process is to install a vapor barrier. This plastic lining seals the entire underside of your home. We cover the walls and the floors of your crawlspace with various types of plastics, according to existing conditions and needs. Most often, a thinner 6mm plastic is used on the walls and a more durable 10mm plastic is used on the floor.
Our thorough encapsulation method covers your entire crawlspace without any gaps, ensuring that your home is impermeable to vapors and moisture. After the walls and floors are covered in plastic, we go over all of the seams with plastic sheeting; this serves as an extra layer of protection from further damage to your home.
Indianapolis homeowners often wonder if and how their crawlspaces can be heated and cooled. A major concern is the energy costs of heating and cooling the crawlspace. While there might be a slight increase in energy cost, it is a small price to pay to protect the most important investment you will ever own. Compared to the cost of treating structural damage, heating and cooling your crawlspace costs only pennies on the dollar. Furthermore, in the winter this expense is negligible; as we know, heat rises, so the heat in your crawlspace is only going to spread into the rest your home. This heat from your crawlspace has the added benefit of warming up your wood floors – much like an expensive radiant heating system. The benefits of heating and cooling your crawlspace are so evident, you won’t think twice about the cost.
Water control in and around the crawlspace is essential for maintaining your entire home. When it rains, water from your downspouts makes the ground directly surrounding your home moist. Excess water can pool around the house, causing wood rot, resulting in a cracked foundation. Most of the time, these water issues can be solved by using a perforated drain tile around the outside walls of the crawlspace or outside the home.
We begin the process of pumping water out of and away from the home by installing a four-inch corrugated and perforated drain tile. This will guide water to the designated sump pump area. Next, we install a 2.5’ sump basin (we typically use either Zimmer- or Coleman -brand pumps). This sump pump comes with an owner’s manual of operation and a five-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Our drainage systems for commercial buildings use a similar process to our residential French drainage system. Instead of diverting the water to a location outside of the home, it is rerouted to the city sewer system. Connecting to the city sewage system requires the installation of a drain for this purpose.
A wet crawlspace is one of the most common problems encountered by homeowners and building managers alike. Excessive moisture in the crawlspace can lead to a number of problems with a building’s foundation. Wood-destroying fungus thrives in the environment created in a wet crawl space. This fungus deteriorates exposed wood framing and can lead to infestation of wood-destroying insects. Don’t let the damage get out of control – call Crawlspace Remediation today.
The quality of the air in your crawlspace affects the air quality of your entire house. Warm air from the crawlspace is carried up into the main living areas in your home. This means that a crawlspace with a moisture problem can spread mold and mildew throughout the rest of the house. Such conditions can cause respiratory distress and aggravate allergies and/or asthma in the individuals living above the moldy crawlspace.
We serve the Indianapolis area with inspections to identify mold growth throughout the home. Our inspections shed light on the underlying conditions that cause mold in your crawlspace. If you think you may have a mold problem, call us right away to schedule an inspection.
Our extensive inspections cover any areas of the home that are susceptible to mold. If you aren’t sure where mold might be located in your house, we offer full-home inspections that cover the entire exterior and interior.
Upon performing an inspection, immediate, on-site testing identifies the type(s) of mold present. This is important to determine whether there are any strains, like black mold, that can produce mycotoxins. If further investigation is needed, samples are taken and sent to the laboratory for further identification. This service also includes a free estimate for mold remediation services.
We offer industry-standard remediation practices, including CIMR technology (Continuous Infectious Microbial Reduction) to fight mold in the environment around you. Military bases and museums across the country use CIMR to protect artifacts against further damage.
CIMR units are approved by OSHA, meaning they are completely harmless to people and pets. In addition to the home visits we perform, we also offer CIMR units for purchase so you can continually protect your building. Our industrial-sized units effectively remediate areas of heavy contamination.
I had a mold and water problem in my crawlspace at work and Called Sam Goode with Crawlspace Remediation, LLC. Sam took photos, explained the issues and gave me an estimate within a day. Upon hiring Sam and his crew, I found that they were professional, clean and obviously knew what they were doing. The job was completed in a timely manner and the price was reasonable. I would highly recommend their services.
A Mayo Clinic study suggests that indoor mold causes nearly all chronic sinus infections. Up to 40% of the air in a home comes from the crawlspace, so the eradication of crawlspace mold contributes significantly to respiratory health. We can solve your mold problems by controlling the humidity in your crawlspace. Give us a call for a consultation.
We are a local business serving the Greater Lafayette area for their crawlspace and commercial irrigation needs. We are the guys who will do the job right the first time. Whether it be Mold Removal, Crawlspace Repair, or Commercial Irrigation - we are the team for you. Give us a call to see how we can help you today!