Crawlspace Waterproofing | Warren, MI

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Crawlspaces are often overlooked when it comes to home repair because homeowners rarely take the time to check their crawlspace or go in there themselves. Sometimes the first one to notice crawlspace water issues is a technician who’s been sent out to deal with another issue entirely. Since crawlspaces can easily be “out of sight, out of mind” for homeowners, some might be tempted to ignore the issue, but this only exacerbates the severity of the damage that water can cause in the crawlspace and, over time, can lead to overall structural damage.

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Foundation repair signs to watch For

Small cracks in crawlspace walls mean that something is wrong with the foundation, whether it be settling, tree roots, or water issues. Left untreated, these cracks only become larger and lead to bigger headaches such as water under the home and the home being invaded by pests such as mice and rats.

Taking care of the issue immediately is the best way to save money overall since water issues can lead to mold growth and health issues with your family, as well as the obvious health issues of having pests under the home.

Waterproof your crawlspace to prevent damage

Building experts recommend that crawlspaces be sealed or encapsulated to proactively prevent these issues, but some homeowners may find it difficult to tell if their crawlspace needs waterproofing. One obvious sign is standing water on the crawlspace floor, but wet soil on a dirt floor in a crawlspace is yet another sign that a waterproofing system needs to be installed.

Our waterproofing systems consist of:

  • Interior drain tiles – We install drain tiles on the edge of the crawlspace or down the middle, depending on where it’s most needed.
  • Perimeter drains – These drains are designed to capture crawlspace wall and floor seepage,
  • Drainage matting – The drainage matting is a dimpled plastic sheet material that covers the entire crawlspace floor and any beams or foundational joists that come in contact with the floor.
  • Sump pumps – We offer sump pump systems with battery backups that keep working even when the power goes out, to ensure that your crawlspace stays dry.
  • Dehumidifiers – We know that home repairs can be expensive and that most homeowners like saving money, so we encourage you to purchase your own dehumidifiers to dry out damp crawlspaces and maintain a pre-set humidity level, creating conditions that mold and mildew are unable to thrive in. (We offer specialized humidifiers that fit in very tight crawlspaces as well, so no matter the need, we can make it work for you!)

Bluebird Crawlspace Waterproofing

Bluebird concrete lifting and waterproofing provide affordable waterproofing in Eastern Michigan and Northwest Ohio. We’ve helped countless homeowners save thousands of dollars by repairing critical issues before they cause more damage. Our quality waterproofing services will last for years to come. Contact us today for a free quote! Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair and basement waterproofing throughout Warren.

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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