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Is your house starting to smell because of musty water buildup? Do you notice signs of pests you’d rather never think about? You may be in need of crawlspace waterproofing!

An unsecured crawlspace leaves your home vulnerable from everything to the elements to unwanted intruders like mold and mice, so you will want to act quickly. Fortunately, at Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing, we have the tools to resolve these problems thoroughly and efficiently. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering a service to waterproof your crawlspace:

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The Hidden Culprit of Waterproofing Crawlspaces

Most people do not think much about their crawlspaces until they notice strange smells, water where it shouldn’t be, and unusual drafts. If you have experienced any of these things recently, it might be time to take a look at what’s going on.

These things happen because crawlspaces become a magnet for moisture and water buildup. When this is ignored, it cultivates mold, water damage, and pests that can even get into other parts of the house.

Don’t feel bad if this has happened to you. Even the most experienced homeowners overlook the crawlspace from time to time. The important thing is that you are taking action now, by waterproofing your crawlspace to prevent any damage going forward.

Crawlspace Encapsulation

Encapsulation is the process of sealing the crawlspace to ensure that water channels to the sump pump. As a result, water is directed away from your home.

To encapsulate a crawlspace, we employ a strong vapor barrier. That way, you can use your crawlspace for storage or storm safety without having to worry about the stench of mold or the threat of water damage. While encapsulation is not the same thing as waterproofing, it can be a significant part of the process.

Crawlspace Insulation

Your crawlspace serves not only as an entry to things you want to keep out; it may also be serving as an exit to things you’d rather keep in. A notable example? Heat. You need that precious heat to warm up your home during those cold, snowy winters.

Fortunately, insulating a crawlspace is a straightforward process for us. We use spray foam and foam boards to prevent heat from leaving and the winter chill from sneaking in. This will surely bring those utility bills down!

Prevention is Key

Maybe up until now, you have ignored your crawlspace. Now you know that water buildup and moist air can make it a hotspot for unseen water damage, mold, or other problems that can affect your entire home. Waterproofing can keep minor problems from snowballing out of control later down the line.

It should be noted that encapsulation can be done without waterproofing, especially if you know that the crawlspace is dry. However, taking the initiative to prevent water damage could save you a fortune, which is why tackling the issue early can greatly improve your home and reduce stress.

Ready to get started? Reach out to us today at Bluebird to get started! Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repairbasement waterproofing, egress window installation and seawall repair throughout Kalamazoo.

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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