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Water can slowly damage your home, but many homeowners aren’t even aware of a water issue until it’s too late! Unless you are dealing with a flood, water often has slowly accumulating effects that can lead to wood rot, mold, and other issues.

For Lapeer homeowners, the crawlspace is one of the most common areas for water damage. Since it is a small, tight space below ground level, the crawlspace can quickly suffer from water damage and excess moisture.

Fortunately, there is an effective way to protect your crawlspace from water damage: waterproofing. Bluebird wants to assist all Lapeer residents with all of their waterproofing needs.

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The Importance of Crawlspace Waterproofing

Like a basement, the crawlspace is built into the structure of the home, between the ground and the first floor. However, crawlspaces are much smaller, with most being under 1.5 meters high.

Crawlspaces are difficult to navigate, and most homeowners only access them when they need to make some repair to the wiring or piping residing there. While the space is small, it’s still important to protect it from water.

Because of their location and size, crawlspaces are susceptible to water-related issues. Here are the most common problems crawlspaces face:

  • Pest Infestation – Pest like rats, insects, and mice are attracted to water and are more likely to get into your crawlspace if it has water in it. Keeping water out is crucial for also keeping pests out.
  • Foundation Rot – Damp spaces also mean bacteria and fungi, which need water to survive. The water and the organisms in it weaken wood, leading to wood rot. Eventually, this will compromise the integrity of your structure.
  • Mildew and Mold – Cool, dark places are the perfect environment for mold to grow. If water or excess moisture gets into your crawlspace, there’s a huge chance you’ll end up with mold. Mold and mildew make for very unpleasant air. Keeping your crawlspace dry is essential for preventing mold.

Bluebird Lapeer Crawlspace Foundation Waterproofing

Waterproofing is the best way to keep your crawlspace dry and prevent the issues above. The dedicated team at Bluebird knows this better than anyone and can help you navigate the process with ease.

Our in-house team has over 20 years of experience, which means that we have experienced no shortage of crawlspaces in need of help. Yours is no different. We ensure that your crawlspace is properly insulated from the elements, and we also encapsulate your space to keep moisture out. No matter how heavy the rain is, you can count on it staying out of your crawlspace!

We rely on premium materials and proven techniques for high-quality waterproofing services. We start by assessing your home to come up with a plan, and then we will give you a price based on the extent of the work needed. We always aim to be transparent during this step.

Don’t wait for the water to damage your crawlspace and your home; now is the best time to waterproof your crawlspace and protect your property. To learn more about our waterproofing services and to get your free quote, contact Bluebird Foundation Repair and Waterproofing today. Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair and basement waterproofing throughout Lapeer.

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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