Crawlspace Waterproofing | Livonia, MI

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Water can sneak into your home and cause damage without you even knowing. Crawlspaces are one of the most common areas of the home to experience water damage and excess moisture. Most homeowners rarely visit their crawlspace, so by the time they do notice, the water damage is often severe.

Simply waterproofing your crawlspace can prevent water damage and the problems associated with excess moisture. Above all else, waterproofing will help you protect your home and gain peace of mind.

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How Crawlspace Waterproofing Helps

The crawlspace is a small area, about 1-1.5 meters high, between the ground and your first floor. Crawlspaces are named such because navigating through them requires crawling, unlike a basement, which tends to provide much more room for storage and recreation.

Typically, people only go to their crawlspace to access stored items or the electric components and piping. Even though you may not use it much, you still want to ensure that your crawlspace remains dry and safe, as flooding is common. Here’s how water can harm your crawlspace:

  • Mold and Mildew – Mold and mildew love cool, dark spaces, like a crawlspace. Moisture is yet another risk factor for mold, so when moisture gets into your crawlspace, it creates the perfect storm for mold growth. Mold and mildew harm the structure of your home, but they also reduce the air quality (especially for those with asthma and allergies). Keeping your crawlspace dry and free of moisture is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent mold.
  • Pest Infestation – The crawlspace is a common entry point for pests like rats, insects, and other critters. Worse yet, most pests are attracted to water (or will even enter your home through water). Crawlspace waterproofing keeps the area sealed and dry, which also keeps pests away.
  • Wood Rot – Water has a disastrous effect on wood. Over time, the moisture, along with the organisms in it, will eat away at wood causing wood rot. Wood rot is damaging to your home and can warp your walls and floors. Waterproofing is an excellent way to keep the wood dry and prevent rotting.

Livonia Crawlspace Waterproofing from Bluebird

Bluebird has your back when it comes to protecting your crawlspace. Our in-house waterproofing team has over 20 years of combined experience. We are here to handle all of your waterproofing needs for a fair price.

No matter how big or how small your waterproofing job is, you can count on the dedicated Bluebird team to get it done right. We are 100% committed to quality workmanship and service, and we’ll help you keep your crawlspace dry and protected. We use only the best materials and methods for each and every project.

Now is the time to protect your crawlspace and keep water out for years to come with Bluebird Livonia crawlspace waterproofing. To learn more about our waterproofing services or to schedule your assessment, contact us today. Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair and basement waterproofing throughout Livonia.

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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