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Mold is a huge problem for most buildings, especially in locations where there’s lots of humidity. Without proper treatment, mold can grow and pollute the air. One way to combat this problem is through crawlspace encapsulation. Crawlspace encapsulation is the sealing of areas where moisture thrives and turning them into dry spaces.

At Bluebird, our team of professionals can help you turn your crawlspace into a clean one. Bluebird specializes in waterproofing systems to ensure you don’t have any more leaky, musty structures. Here is what you should know:

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What is a Crawlspace Anyway?

If your Ypsilanti home does not have a basement, then it more than likely has a crawlspace. Crawlspaces tend to be tight and hard to access unless you crawl through them, which is of course where the name originates. Most homeowners do not visit their crawlspaces very often unless they are storing something away or looking to access plumbing or wiring for repair or maintenance work.

However, because the crawlspace is so close to the ground, it is at much higher risk of experiencing flooding than other areas of the house. With that in mind, homeowners will want to take time to check on their crawlspaces from time to time.

Why is Crawlspace Waterproofing Necessary?

There are many reasons to waterproof and encapsulate crawlspace. As mentioned earlier, mold is a serious problem that can cause toxins to float in the air, allowing for the spread of sickness. Breathing mold for long periods of time can create respiratory problems, such as allergens. Extended exposure can even cause eye irritation, skin irritation, and nasal and sinus congestion.
Moist areas also allow for insects to breed and grow, such as termites. Termites thrive in wet areas and will eat away and destroy your building’s foundation if made of wood. Termites have a symbiotic relationship with mold, meaning they work together and help one another benefit. This can be a huge problem for your property if not taken care of soon.
Therefore, waterproofing your building’s crawlspace will allow for better air quality, prevention of bugs and mold, and allow for structure stability.

How to Know When You Need Waterproofing

You will need assistance when several signs appear, such as cracked walls. Cracks in the walls mean there is something wrong with the foundation of the building and should be taken care of as soon as possible. If not taken care of immediately, larger problems such as water leakage or animal invasion can occur. Water leakage can cause an unstable foundation, and the invading animals could damage electrical wires and cables from chewing on them.
Speaking with a Bluebird expert will help you resolve these issues before they become bigger.

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With years of experience, Bluebird ensures your buildings stay safe and clean. We fix both residential and commercial buildings, and they also lift concrete slabs to even out crooked areas. Be sure to seek help at Bluebird for any building repairs that need to be completed. Outside of crawlspace waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair and basement waterproofing throughout Ypsilanti.

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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