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Too often, people dismiss the crawlspace as a shadowy place that simply houses stray laundry and noisy pipes. That said, crawlspaces are just as important as basements as far as waterproofing is concerned. Crawlspace waterproofing is essential for keeping your foundation and home stable.

Bluebird provides exceptional Birch Run crawlspace waterproofing services. We have the knowledge and experience to tackle any waterproofing project, no matter how big or small.

bluebird team's work in crawlspace

Reasons for Crawlspace Waterproofing

The crawlspace is the small, unfinished area between the ground and the first floor of your house. The primary purpose of the space is to provide better airflow to your home and access to pipes, plumbing, and electrical components that may need attention.

Many homeowners avoid the crawlspace unless absolutely necessary. The tight space can be a bit intimidating, but it’s imperative to protect. Because of its location, the crawlspace can flood quite easily if it is not properly protected.

If water makes its way into your crawlspace, you can face a host of serious problems. Moisture in your crawlspace can lead to wood rot and a weaker foundation, mold, pests, and more damage.

Some key benefits of crawlspace waterproofing include:

  • Structural Integrity – Excess moisture damages the crawlspace. It can rot wood and damage metal. The mold and termites that come with water can also eat away at the structure of your home. Waterproofing adds a barrier that keeps moisture out, and this will help protect the structural integrity of your home.
  • Reduce Electrical Hazards – A primary function of the crawlspace is to provide access to electrical for repairs. If water and electrical mix, the consequences can be disastrous. Keeping moisture away from the electrical system is essential for safety. Waterproofing can reduce the risk of electrocution and fire in the crawlspace.
  • Maintain the Value of Your Home – The serious problems that extra moisture in the crawlspace causes all impact the value of your home. Mold, structural damage, and poor air quality will all make your home less desirable. Crawlspace waterproofing ultimately helps you to preserve the value of your home by preventing problems associated with excess moisture in the crawlspace.

How We Get the Job Done

You may be wondering how the crawlspace waterproofing process works. Here, we will break it down into two different terms: insulation and encapsulation.

  • Insulation – The goal of insulation is to keep the water, moisture, and cold air out while also keeping the toasty warmth in.
  • Encapsulation – Like insulation, encapsulation keeps water out, but it also seals the crawlspace completely. That way, it is impossible for even the most persistent water to break through and make a mess.

Bluebird Birch Run Crawlspace Waterproofing

The problems that excess moisture and water in the crawlspace lead to are serious and can be frightening. Waterproofing will keep your crawlspace dry and moisture-free.

The Bluebird team is here to help you with all of your waterproofing needs. Our dedicated in-house team is reliable and committed to providing the highest quality services. With over 20 years of combined experience, you can trust us to complete every job skillfully.

We’ll start with an evaluation of your crawlspace. Based on what we see, we provide you with a concrete plan to tackle the issue, along with a straightforward quote. Then, we can get to work and help you protect your home.

Call Bluebird to find out more about our Birch Run crawlspace waterproofing and to schedule a consultation. Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair and basement waterproofing throughout Birch Run.

Frequently Asked Questions

The process of insulating and enclosing the crawl space under a building with a vapor barrier is known as crawlspace encapsulation. It helps create a controlled environment that covers the crawlspace’s floor, walls, and occasionally even ceiling. Usually, crawl space encapsulation lasts for 10 to 15 years despite being a costly repair method.

On average, the crawlspace encapsulation ranges from $1,500 to $15,000 per project in Birch Run. But factors such as using materials and the crawlspace’s size can affect the cost. Ultimately crawl space encapsulation helps to protect your home from foundation damage, high electricity bills (due to HVAC system failure), and mold/mildew growth.

A few advantages of crawl space encapsulation are–

  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Lower moisture levels
  • Reduced mold and mildew growth
  • Greater energy efficiency
  • Defense against pests and structural damage

Additionally, it can improve the overall well-being and comfort of the living area above the crawlspace.

Even though crawl space encapsulation seems advantageous, there are some risks to be aware of. For instance, increased moisture levels can result from improper installation or insufficient ventilation, trapping existing moisture and resulting in damage. So, hiring a reputable expert familiar with the necessary methods and specifications for crawl space encapsulation is essential.

A musty smell, visible mold growth on surfaces, discoloration, and moisture or water stains can all be indicators of mold in a crawlspace. We advise having your crawlspace inspected by a qualified mold remediation specialist who can accurately assess the situation if you suspect mold is there.

High humidity levels, poor ventilation, and moisture intrusion from sources like groundwater or plumbing leaks are the causes of mold growth in crawl spaces. Organic materials such as wood or insulation may also aid mold growth. Crawlspace encapsulation is one effective moisture control measure that can help prevent and treat mold problems.

Yes, you do need to seal your crawlspace. Sealing the crawl space can help control moisture and stop problems like mold growth in humid or moisture-prone areas. Also it helps to keep your indoor air quality good, increase your home value and reduce your energy consumption. A professional, Bluebird CFW can help you decide whether sealing is necessary for your crawlspace.

We advise encapsulation when a crawl space has problems with moisture, mold, pests, or energy efficiency. It might be time to consider encapsulating your crawl space if you notice excessive moisture, standing water, mold growth, pest infestations, or unusually high energy bills.

Although they are similar concepts, sealed and encapsulated crawl spaces take different approaches. A sealed crawl space fills vents and installs a vapor barrier on the ground to reduce moisture and regulate humidity. The walls and occasionally the ceiling of an enclosed crawl space are typically packed in addition to the floor, creating a complete barrier against moisture and other problems. Compared to an encapsulation typically provides more advantages and protection.

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