Crawlspace Waterproofing | Jackson, MI

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The condition of your crawlspace can greatly influence the health of your entire home. As such, waterproofing your crawlspace can prevent future problems and create a more favorable living space for you and your family.

Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing is here to help those in Jackson, Michigan with all crawlspace water problems. We have been offering this service for over two decades and remain as dedicated as ever. Specifically, we specialize in all things encapsulation and insulation.

So, what’s the difference between encapsulation and insulation, and how can they contribute to the health of your home? Here is everything you need to know:

Crawlspace Waterproofing process

Why Waterproof a Crawlspace?

It doesn’t matter if it is spring’s heavy rainfall or winter’s bitter frosts. Extreme Michigan weather conditions can result in excessive moisture in your crawlspace. When water collects, it provides the perfect breeding ground for unwanted guests like mold, insects, mice, and other vermin. What’s more, water damage can cause structural problems that will worsen your home’s structure over time.

Needless to say, waterproofing is an important step to take to prevent potential issues that can hurt the integrity of your home’s structure.

Crawlspace Encapsulation

Encapsulation targets water and moisture problems by fully sealing off the crawlspace, making it impenetrable to water and other bothersome elements. Eventually, you and your family may notice a marked difference in air quality, especially once any musty odors fade away.

Encapsulation can also prevent the growth of fungus, mold, and mildew. Finally, it can halt structural damage in its tracks by preventing wood rot.

Signs that your crawlspace needs encapsulation include:

  • Standing water
  • Moisture accumulating on the crawlspace walls
  • Wet soil (particularly if the crawlspace has a dirt floor

Crawlspace Insulation

Crawlspace insulation can make a bigger difference in both comfort and energy efficiency. An uninsulated or improperly insulated crawlspace often causes about 15% of a home’s total heat loss. By keeping outdoor air from getting in your home, insulation helps to avoid floors from becoming icy cold and stops pipes from freezing.

Insulating the crawlspace with spray foam creates an air barrier. This method keeps the cold out while also successfully reducing potential mold growth and preventing pipes from freezing. It is important to keep pipes from freezing, as frozen pipes are much more likely to burst. This leads to more water and moisture problems in the crawlspace. Finally, insulation keeps your home more comfortable by preventing warmth from escaping, which means you do not have to crank the heat so high all the time.

Contact Us Today

Although crawlspaces are often overlooked, waterproofing is a key step to take for the well-being of your home as a whole. Overall, creating a healthier crawlspace can prevent rot, mold, and structural problems from compromising the rest of the home, while improving comfort, performance, and value.

Contact us today to have one of our experts evaluate the needs of your crawlspace and leave you assured of the health and safety of your home. Get your free quote or call us at 888-411-4264. Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repairbasement waterproofing, crawlspace waterproofing, egress window installation and seawall repair throughout Jackson.

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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