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Owning a home is a big responsibility. While most homeowners go above and beyond to maintain their property, they may overlook some aspects, most notably their crawlspaces. After all, most people do not use them frequently.

Unfortunately, water can easily find its way into crawlspaces. Left unchecked, this water can do costly damage to a home. Not to mention all of the unpleasant side effects of a damp, unsecured crawlspace, such as mold, mildew, insects, and other pests.

Luckily, Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing offers crawl space waterproofing in Grand Rapids, MI. We can assess the condition of a crawlspace and provide guidance on the next steps. Here is what you need to know:

Waterproofing Crawlspace Blue Bird

Encapsulation, insulation, waterproofing. What is the difference?

Encapsulation entails using a heavy-duty vapor barrier to seal the crawlspace so that water has no way to get in. This results in a crawlspace that is usable, dry, and clean.

Insulation, on the other hand, consists of sealing off entrances to the crawlspace by using spray foam and foam board insulation. That way, cold air cannot enter and heat cannot leave. This can even result in energy bill reductions and a difference in floor temperatures.

Finally, Waterproofing directs any water in a crawlspace towards a sump pump to guarantee that it is safely evacuated.

What is Crawl Space Repair?

Crawl space repair is an essential part of maintaining the foundation of any building. This space under the house is often overlooked but can cause serious problems if neglected. A damp or humid crawl space can lead to mold growth, eventually leading to wood rotting and attracting pests. These issues compromise the structure’s integrity and can lead to health hazards. Repairing crawl spaces involves:

Sealing the area to prevent moisture from seeping through.

  • Installing ventilation to promote air circulation.
  • Addressing any underlying issues such as damaged insulation or water damage.

With proper crawl space repair, homeowners can protect their investments and ensure the safety of their families.

How do I determine if a crawlspace needs attention?

While damage to crawlspaces can be difficult for the untrained eye to spot, there are some signs you can look for. For example, if you notice any cracks in the walls of your crawlspace, you will want to act quickly.

Wall cracks are a sign of shifting foundation. These cracks will likely grow with time, allowing water to seep into your foundation.

This creates the perfect environment for pests like insects, rats, and mice.

Additionally, leaks in the crawlspace walls can result in mold, electrical problems, and more.

Waterproofing your home with Bluebird will allow you to rest easy knowing that your crawlspace is dry and pest-free!

Why choose Bluebird?

Not only does Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing provide affordable home and commercial waterproofing/foundation repair across Eastern Michigan and Northwest Ohio. We also go above and beyond to meet all of our customers’ needs.

We have been in this business for over 20 years and always put our customers’ needs first. Our top priority is making homes like yours safer, cleaner, and more comfortable than ever!

How can I get started?

Whether you have been experiencing difficulties with your crawlspace for a while or just want to get it looked at before problems develop, Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing makes the process easy. We offer a free inspection to all potential clients. We also know that your home is one of a kind and will treat it as such, working hard to get to the bottom of the problem and coming up with a quote that you can stomach. We offer affordable cost for crawl space waterproofing near you!

To schedule a free inspection and receive a free estimate, you can reach us at (888) 411-2264. Additionally, feel free to contact us for more information at [email protected]. Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair,  basement waterproofing, egress windows and seawall repair throughout Grand Rapids.

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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