Crawlspace Waterproofing | Lansing, MI

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The often-overlooked crawlspace is so much more than your home’s best-kept secret. In fact, many pests can easily find their way through your crawlspace––so much so that improperly sealed or neglected crawlspaces lead to rot, mold growth, and rodent infestations.

Here at Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing, we want to help you make your Lansing home more comfortable, safe, and dry than ever before. Here is everything that you should know:

Cracks and Leaks

While some people may think cracks are simply cosmetic issues or something that can easily be overlooked just with a quick paint job, it is important to take these cracks seriously. Cracks in the walls of your crawlspace are worrisome because they may indicate structural damage. Cracks may result from any of the following factors:

  • Settling Foundation – When your house settles, the walls of your crawlspace can become uneven and crack. Cracked walls could affect your entire foundation over time. Not to mention, cracks also allow water, moisture and rodents to enter, which can contribute to even more costly problems.
  • Tree Roots – Tree roots can grow and put pressure on your crawlspace walls, which in turn causes cracks and leaks. If you have a tree growing close to your property, you will want to monitor it to ensure that it does not encroach on your territory. Beyond that, however, trees are nourished by the same soil that makes up your foundation. When they sap the soil of its moisture, that soil may pull away from your foundation, leaving it more vulnerable.
  • Water Pressure – Gravity on water from leaks or improper drainage in or around your crawlspace can put enough pressure on the walls and foundation to cause serious damage.

Crawlspace before waterproofing

Crawlspace Waterproofing

This process ensures that water in the crawlspace is safely removed by creating a system that directs the water out via a sump pump.

Crawlspace Encapsulation

Even if your crawlspace is waterproofed, you may want to take some extra precautions by investing in a thorough process called encapsulation. This process ensures that the crawlspace is sealed off so that moisture and water can’t enter. Bluebird will not encapsulate a crawlspace that hasn’t been waterproofed first.

Crawlspace Insulation

An insulated crawlspace is much less likely to suffer from excessive condensation and moisture. Moreover, insulation can help ensure this space remains at a consistently sustainable temperature. We always opt for high-quality materials when insulating crawlspaces.

How Do I Know What I Need?

Signs that indicate a waterproofing system is necessary for your crawlspace are standing water on the crawlspace floor as well as damp soil on the floor. Both of these indicators can cause toxic mold to form, the home’s foundation to be compromised and rodents or pests to be allowed in the space.

Solutions

There are several solutions when waterproofing or encapsulating your crawlspace. Installing a sump pump to make sure water is being safely removed, perimeter drains to ensure water doesn’t get into the crawlspace, and dehumidifiers to remove moisture that has already entered the crawlspace are all solutions that Bluebird can use to help make your crawlspace dry and safe.

Here for your home and business crawlspace and foundation needs, Bluebird can get you an accurate estimate in a timely matter, making sure your home, family, and business are safe. To get started, call us at (888) 411-2264 or shoot us an email at [email protected] Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repairbasement waterproofing and egress window installation and repair throughout Lansing.

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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