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Water damage is an often ignored yet detrimental threat to your home. Many of its effects don’t show up at once. You’re probably not going to wake up to a flooded home all of a sudden, as the effects are more subtle.

Crawlspaces, one of the most inconspicuous aspects of your home, are actually more susceptible than other parts. So, why exactly do you need to waterproof your crawlspace?

That’s what we’re here to look at today. Read on to explore why this part of the home is so neglected and why it’s important to waterproof.

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Why Crawlspace Waterproofing is Crucial

Crawlspaces are small spaces built into the structure of a home usually between the basement and the ground floor. They’re usually only 1-1.5 meters high and most people can only crawl through them, hence the name.

Many homeowners overlook crawlspaces because they’re hard to reach and not fun to maintain. But ensuring these spaces are properly maintained is key to your home’s health and your safety.

Crawlspaces are more likely to flood and face other water-related issues than other areas of your home. Let’s take a look at a few of the issues that come with a flooded crawlspace.

  • Mold – A small, dark, enclosed, and wet area is where mold lives its best life. If your crawlspace floods, mold will likely develop. This is bad for both your home’s structure and also a health hazard for the people who live in it.
  • Insects, Rats, and Mice – Bugs, rats, and other critters will find a way into your crawlspace if not properly sealed. They’re attracted to the cool and damp of a recently flooded crawlspace. Keeping crawlspaces watertight is a great way to keep them out.
  • Foundation Rot – Damp wood can generate plenty of fungi, bacteria, and other organisms. It also deeply affects your home’s foundation. Your walls and floors might become warped, leading to poor structural integrity.

What Bluebird Offers

If you’re looking to safeguard your home from those threats, Bluebird knows exactly how to help.

We’re proud to say that our waterproofing team is all in-house staff; we don’t sub-contract, meaning your quality of work is consistent and we hold ourselves accountable for all our work.

Waterproofing your crawlspace demands a few specific things, which we can provide. These things are:


Insulation keeps your crawlspace’s temperature properly maintained. This prevents unnecessary freezing and condensation.

At Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing, we choose premium materials that provide an effective barrier between your crawlspace and the outdoor temperature.


When you have your crawlspace encapsulated, it’ll be protected from even heavier rainstorms. No moisture will be able to get through, so flood water and mold won’t have anywhere to go.

While the costs of crawlspace waterproofing can vary from home to home, we never cut costs. The size and scope of your crawlspace’s issues could raise or lower your end costs, but our waterproofing team is as reliable as they come.

Contact Bluebird Today

Start showing your crawlspace the love it deserves. Fowlerville residents can call Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing to find a waterproofing solution that’s right for their budgets and their homes today. Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair and basement waterproofing throughout Fowlerville.

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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