Crawlspace Repair

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The crawlspace can often be a dark and uninviting place. Bugs, molds and moisture love to find their way into your crawlspace and make their home there. Even though your crawlspace includes vents that help with the overall climate underneath your home, this isn't always enough. 

Even with vents, it’s still possible for standing water to accumulate during periods of heavy rain, and this can take days to completely dry out. This moist, humid setting creates the perfect environment for mold, mildew and fungus to grow. 

If these continue to grow, they can develop into a health risk for your family. This humidity also creates extra moisture that penetrates the wood foundation. This can lead to the development of wood rot and may attract termites.

Your crawlspace is one of the most important parts of your home’s foundation

Each home is an original design with specific needs and repairs. Our evaluations are free and we are happy to go over the various options and prices with you. We are here to find what help your home really needs.

It is important to note that crawlspace repair may take several days to complete and many times is weather dependent. Trenches must be dug by hand, and wood work repair must be done in steps to insure the house is properly supported.

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Crawlspace Encapsulation 

Mold grows in a dark and damp climate and can cause an extensive list of problems including:

  • Musty smell
  • Allergic reactions
  • Wood decay and rot
  • Moist climate

Encapsulation protects your home.

Our encapsulation method is a tried and true way of protecting your home from mold and mildew. Our first step is to determine whether some form of conditioning will be needed to prepare the crawlspace for encapsulation. If there is sitting water in the crawlspace for example, the proper steps will need to be taken to prepare for the next steps. 

The next step of the process is to begin the encapsulation by installing our vapor barrier. This barrier is basically a lining of plastic that goes under your home in the crawlspace.  We cover both the walls and the floors with different plastics to better suit their condition. A thinner 6mm plastic is used on the walls and a more durable 10mm plastic is used on the floor. 

Since this is an encapsulation method, we cover all walls and floors of your crawlspace. This ensures that no vapors enter into your home. After the walls and floors are covered in plastic, we then completely tape all of the seams of the plastic sheeting. This ensures that the encapsulation will thoroughly protect your home from continuing damage.

Heating and Cooling the Crawlspace

One major question we get from customers is about heating and cooling the crawlspace.  They usually ask about the money they will be losing in energy costs to heat and cool the crawlspace. First, we respond that there may be a slight increase in energy cost, but we are also protecting the most important investment you will ever own. This is worth the pennies on the dollar it takes to effectively heat and cool the crawl. Secondly, in the winter you are not actually losing the energy.  As we know, heat rises, and if heat rises in the crawlspace it is only going into your home.  What if I told you that you will never have to hear your spouse complain about the chilly wood floors in your new home? Would that be worth the small amount of money?  And third, we have never had any customer call after our work is completed complaining about energy cost. Truth is, you will never even notice. 

DID YOU KNOW?

According to a study by the Mayo Clinic, nearly all chronic sinus infections are a result of mold. Since up to 40% of the air we breathe in the home can come from the crawlspace, mold in the crawlspace means mold in the home. The EPA recommends to keep humidity levels in the crawl space to 40%–50% to reduce the likelihood of mold formation.

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