Crawlspace Waterproofing | Traverse City, MI

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Discovering water in your crawlspace can certainly be shocking. It does not even take much water to cause expensive damage, especially if your crawlspace has not been maintained in a while.

In fact, it is easy to forget that your home in Traverse City has a crawlspace at all. Nevertheless, maintaining the crawlspace to your home is vital to keeping your entire house clean, safe, and valuable.

Fortunately, Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing has the right waterproofing resources and methods to keep your home’s crawlspace free from further damage. We have been doing this for over two decades and have seen it all. We want to help you next!

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First, let’s talk about what waterproofing entails, as well as the difference between two key protection features for any crawlspace, encapsulation, and insulation.

Why is Crawlspace Waterproofing Crucial?

Detecting water damage in your crawlspace can be difficult, as the space itself may be hard to access. To complicate matters, the crawlspace rests between the ground and foundation of your home, where moisture is most likely to gather. This makes it susceptible to water damage. By waterproofing your crawlspace, you can prevent unpleasant issues such as foundation rot, mold, and pest infestations.

If you are not looking for crawlspace waterproofing in Traverse City, we offer other services as well. For any dry crawlspace, you have the option to encapsulate without waterproofing. However, any crawlspace with standing water will not receive encapsulation without prior waterproofing.

Crawlspace Encapsulation

Encapsulation seals the crawlspace so that water simply has no way in. As a result, you do not have to worry about mold ever getting the chance to grow. Encapsulation also provides protection from heavy rainstorms.

The cost of encapsulation greatly depends on the size of your crawlspace, but we will work with you to come up with a plan that makes sense for your home and your budget. Contact us for the best crawl space encapsulation in Traverse City, MI.

Crawlspace Insulation

Insulation allows your crawlspace to maintain a stable temperature. With a stable temperature, your crawlspace is less likely to endure freezing and condensation. Moreover, insulation ensures that heat cannot escape your home, a feature you will appreciate when December rolls around and you start dreading higher heating bills.

Both encapsulation and insulation have the power to turn your crawlspace into a dry, purposeful space. Using protective, heavy-duty barriers are key to keeping your crawlspace properly maintained.

During inspections, we will provide you with full transparency as to how you should go about protecting your crawlspace. In all cases, our team is eager to assist you in transforming your crawlspace! With our guidance, you can stop water from encroaching on your territory and wreaking havoc.

You can be certain that Bluebird will protect your crawlspace from the elements.

Cost To Waterproof a Crawlspace

Depending on several factors, the cost to waterproof a crawl space varies from the size of the crawl space, the extent of damage or moisture, and the type of waterproofing solution required. It typically includes cleaning and drying the area, repairing any damage or leaks, and installing a vapor barrier and a sump pump system. Additional costs may include insulation, dehumidifiers, and structural repairs.

Crawlspace Repair and Waterproofing in Traverse City, Mi

At Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing, our goal is to be cognizant of your budget and relieve you from the stress of a water-damaged crawlspace. Give us a call today to schedule your free inspection and estimate!

We look forward to servicing your Traverse City home in the future! Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair, basement waterproofing, and seawall repair throughout Traverse City.

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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