Crawlspace Waterproofing | Howell, MI

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Water damage is a common problem that many homeowners face. Unfortunately, many don’t realize just how great the damage is until they witness the water seeping through the cracks themselves.

A common place for water to get through? Crawlspaces.

Howell residents should know why crawlspaces are so susceptible to water damage and why homeowners should pay closer attention to these often neglected areas. Here is what you should know:

pipes under house

Why Crawlspace Waterproofing is Crucial

Crawlspaces usually reside snugly between the ground and ground floor of your home. They aren’t very high up, forcing many people to have to crouch down or crawl to access them.

Because crawlspaces are so inconvenient to access, many homeowners don’t pay much attention to them. Unfortunately, that just puts them at an even greater risk of devastating water damage. Once water gets in and starts causing issues, it’s very costly to reverse the issue.

Here are some other common problems that water in a crawlspace may cause:

  • Mold – Because of the darkness and dampness, the crawlspace may not seem very cozy to you, but it’s the perfect home for mold. Mold is not only compromising to your home’s structure, it can also agitate allergies and leave your family feeling generally unwell.
  • Insects, Rats, and Mice – Other critters that love dark, damp places include rats, mice, and many different types of insects. Where there is water, they are sure to go. You can keep this from happening by ensuring there is no water there in the first place.
  • Foundation Rot – When wood gets wet, fungi and other microorganisms will likely take hold. Unfortunately, as these organisms live their natural lives, they are eating away at your home’s foundation. With time, the wood will become warped, and the overall integrity of the home’s structure will suffer.

What Bluebird Offers

If any of the above threats made your skin crawl, don’t worry. You can keep those unwanted guests out and more by investing in crawlspace waterproofing.

At Bluebird, we are one team dedicated to completing quality work. We never sub-contract, and we use top-notch materials for all of our waterproofing jobs.

Curious to know what crawlspace waterproofing entails? Here you go:


Insulation not only keeps your crawlspace nice and warm during the cold Howell winter months. It also prevents those frosty gales from sneaking in and causing your pipes to get so cold that they freeze. We use premium spray foam to ensure that nothing gets through crawlspace that doesn’t belong there.


Encapsulation ensures a consistently dry crawlspace. That’s because we completely seal the crawlspace and make sure that no areas are still exposed. If they are, water might get through, which you definitely do not want.

Crawlspace waterproofing prices can vary from case to case, but we always strive to be straightforward with our pricing. We also never skimp out on quality when it comes to the materials we use.

Contact Bluebird Today

At Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing, we understand just how stressful water damage can be. Let us come help you dry up those dark, damp spaces with our careful crawlspace waterproofing services. Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repairbasement waterproofing and egress windows throughout Howell.

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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