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Unfortunately, so much water damage happens in silence, especially when that damage occurs in crawlspaces. You might not even notice there is a problem until it needs to be fixed. At that point, it can be expensive.

Crawlspaces are some of the least-seen places of your home. However, they are also an easy access point for water. Read on to find out why this part of the home is so ignored and why waterproofing is so vital.

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Why Crawlspace Waterproofing is Crucial

A crawlspace is a little space built into the structure of a home that usually rests between the ground and the ground floor. Crawlspaces are usually tight spaces that are optimal only for crawling, which is why they are so aptly named.

Many homeowners glance right past their crawlspaces, simply because getting down there to take a look is too difficult and time consuming. Nonetheless, inspecting this area every once in a while can spare you a lot of money and trouble later on.

Let’s look at a few of the issues that come with a flooded crawlspace.

  • Insects, Rats, and Mice – Bugs, rats, and other critters always find ways into your home, a lot of times through the crawlspace. They’re attracted to the dampness of this space, especially if it’s recently been flooded. Keeping crawlspaces watertight is a good way to shut them out.
  • Foundation Rot – Damp wood usually generates plenty of fungi, bacteria, and other unwanted organisms that destroy your home’s foundation. These seriously impact your home’s life span.
  • Mold – If your crawlspace floods, mold may just have a new place to call home. This is bad for your home’s foundation, and it’ll jeopardize your family’s health.

What Bluebird Offers

If you’re looking to safeguard your home from those threats, Bluebird has St. Joseph residents’ collective backs.

Our waterproofing team is all in-house staff, with no subcontractors to be found. This ensures that our quality of work is consistent and we hold ourselves accountable. Waterproofing your crawlspace demands a few specific things, which we can provide. These things are:


Insulation keeps your crawlspace’s temperature properly maintained. This leads to fewer cases of unnecessary condensation and fewer cases of mold.

At Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing, our premium materials provide an effective barrier between your crawlspace and the outdoors.


When your crawlspace is encapsulated, you’ll be better protected from heavy rainstorms and other natural disasters. No moisture will be able to get through and so no flood water and mold won’t intrude will end up in unwanted spots.

While the costs of crawlspace waterproofing varies from home to home, we never cut any corners. The size and scope of your crawlspace’s issues affect your end costs, but our waterproofing team is as reliable as they come.

Contact Bluebird Today

Don’t neglect your crawlspace any longer. St. Joseph residents can call Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing to find a waterpooring solution that’s right for their budgets and their homes today. Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair, basement waterproofing and seawall repair throughout St. Joseph.

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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