Crawlspace Waterproofing | Benton Harbor, MI

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Benton Harbor homes that do not have basements typically have crawlspaces. While the crawlspace isn’t a place you see daily, it’s somewhere you want to protect from water.

Crawlspaces are often forgotten about when it comes to waterproofing, but they shouldn’t be! When water gets into your crawlspace, it can cause mold, mildew, pests, and severe damage. Crawlspace waterproofing helps to protect your home and foundation.

Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing offers quality crawlspace waterproofing services for Benton Harbor residents. Let’s examine some reasons to get your crawlspace waterproofed.

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Reasons for Crawlspace Waterproofing

Your crawlspace is between the ground and first floor of your home. It’s an unfinished space that is often quite the tight squeeze. Unlike a basement, it does not offer an opportunity to expand your living space. While you can use it for some storage, the main purpose of a crawlspace is to provide an access point for electrical and plumbing.

Even though the crawlspace is a tight area with limited space, it’s not a place to ignore. Crawlspaces are highly susceptible to flooding and should be treated with care.

If you let water find its way into your crawlspace, you may face some of the following issues:

  • Mold and Mildew – Moisture in a dark, cool space is a recipe for mold infestation. The crawlspace facilitates airflow into your home, meaning that you do not want mold growing there. Once mold gets into the crawlspace, it will affect your air quality and will be very challenging to remedy.
  • Pests – Water also brings pests with it. Mosquitoes, bugs, and even rodents are attracted to sitting water. Keeping water out of your crawlspace will also help keep unwanted critters out.
  • Wood Rot – Water, along with the fungus and organisms it brings, can cause some serious wood rot. Rotted wood is fragile and not suitable for your crawlspace. Once wood rots, it loses its strength and can compromise the durability of your foundation. Ultimately, this can lead to even bigger foundation problems.

What Bluebird Has to Offer

If you’re worried about that bitter cold or rain finding its way through your crawlspace, you don’t have to. At Bluebird, we have the tools to keep your crawlspace dry. We offer two approaches in particular: insulation and encapsulation.

Insulation

Insulation serves as a sort of shield for your home. It keeps the cold air from piercing through and sending a shiver down your spine and an unmovable ice through your pipes. It also ensures that that precious heat does not go anywhere, which you certainly need during those Benton Harbor winters.

Encapsulation

Rainstorms are annoying when it comes to plans for picnicking and going to the beach; they’re downright terrible if you fear that your basement will flood the moment the rain picks up. Encapsulation seals your crawlspace completely so that no water can ever get through. We will even search your crawlspace for any points of entry and ensure that they are completely closed off.

Bluebird Benton Harbor Crawlspace Waterproofing

Our in-house waterproofing team has many years of experience with crawlspace and basement waterproofing. We focus on quality and service, ensuring an excellent job each and every time. We will start by examining your crawlspace to determine the best waterproofing strategy. Then, we can provide you with a transparent and honest quote.

The size of the home and crawlspace will impact the cost, but you can always count on a fair price from Bluebird. We guarantee reliable service from our knowledgeable in-house team. No matter how big or how small, we’ll do the job right and help you safeguard your crawlspace from water.

Now is the time to protect your crawlspace with Benton Harbor crawlspace waterproofing. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have or tell you more about our service and experience. To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact Bluebird today! Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repairbasement waterproofing and seawall repair throughout Benton Harbor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Crawlspace encapsulation is the process of placing a vapor barrier on the floor and walls of the crawlspace. This prevents moisture and improves the air throughout the space. We will also wrap any support pillars.

Crawlspace encapsulation costs start from $4000 to $5000 and can go up depending on factors such as square footage, size of the wall, and the total number of pillars.

Benefits of crawl encapsulation include:

  • Improves air quality and increases healthy living conditions
  • Helps decrease smells from moisture such as the “old cabin smell” musty or mildew.
  • Gives you an easy surface to work on/easier to move around when doing any work in the crawlspace.
  • Prevents structural damage
  • Makes the crawlspace a suitable storage area if it is tall enough to accommodate storage.

If you encapsulate a crawlspace that has water issues, you will end up with a “water bed.” This is why we will not encapsulate a crawlspace with known water issues without waterproofing it first.

You can see and smell it. You may have issues with breathing/sickness if the problem is severe enough or you are more susceptible to sickness (young children/babies, elderly, those with allergies/asthma).

Mold can easily grow in crawlspaces due to excessive moisture, standing water, or damp soil. Since crawlspaces are right up against the ground, moisture is always present and ready to invade the area. This is an invitation for mold growth.

It’s your property and you do not have to seal your crawlspace. Sealing the crawlspace will help with any musty/mildew smells from moisture or damp soil. In addition, it will give you a storage area and make it easier to move around when doing any work in the crawlspace.

Anytime you want to make it easier to work in the crawlspace or if you want to seal off any bad smells.

A sealed crawlspace and an encapsulated crawlspace can be considered the same thing. Insulation will make it more sealed as cold air will not come into the crawlspace from the rim joist/bond board.

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