According to Anchored Walls, the crawl space in any house is not the place everybody thinks so much about. When things go well with it, the place can remain unnoticed for a long time. Only if something is wrong with the crawl space, you start taking care of it. And you start understanding that you will need crawl space repair services as soon as possible.
Steps of Crawl Space Services: Repair and Cleaning
It is necessary that your crawl space should be treated properly all the time to avoid any severe problems. Otherwise, they can result in bad damage to your house or just awful odors that can penetrate into the living areas. Moreover, the repair fees can be disastrous to your budget if the problem is too complicated to be fixed at once.
Step 1. Repair
Finally, fix your nasty, energy-wasting crawl space! If you get water in your crawl space area beneath your home, you may wish to consider the crawl space repair services from Tornado Plumbing & Drains as soon as possible. Failure to have your wet crawlspace problems fixed right away may lead to a variety of problems for the rest of your home, including:
Our Solutions included:
- Foundation Repair
- Wet Crawl Space Repair
- Replacing Support Beam
- Replace Insulation
- Replacing CrawlSpace Plastic.
- Vent Repair
If the foundation is damaged, there may be a need for replacing piers. That may also require fixing cracks, underpinning to increase its strength, mud-jacking for releveling the house, or other rather costly methods. If we compare steel-based and wooden-based foundations, we will notice that steel-based ones are more difficult to repair and the cost of such fixing is higher than for wooden-based constructions.
Wet Crawl Space Repair
Unfinished crawlspaces in the area of Toronto & GTA can get wet easily because of humid springs and summers. Groundwater also adds much moisture to them. Tornado Plumbing & Drains can make your crawl space dry. Due to the expert services of the company, the space will be usable. We take into account the following factors:
- Evaporation of standing water. If a crawl space does not have any encapsulation, it can get the evaporation of moisture from the ground.
- The air from outside. The wet outside air can penetrate into the crawl space through the vents.
Replacing Support Beam
Before replacing a beam, you need a thorough inspection and design from a qualified structural engineer because such a job is a very specific structural form of foundation repair. The engineer needs to consider the overall condition of the foundation, its structure, the placement and number of support columns and their footings. Of course, it is required to know the new beam length.
When the insulation is old and wet, it can collect mildew, mold, and/or rodent excrement on it. If the crawl space is properly insulated, the energy efficiency and home durability increase. It blocks the radon, moisture, and the air from the outside.
Replacing Crawl Space Plastic
Before replacing the crawlspace plastic, you need to fix wet insulation, mold, moisture, or any leaks and water damage. Accordingly, the overall cost of repairs will go up. There is a need to replace a vapor barrier when the plastic is damaged, the seals are leaking, or the insulation is wet. Then, this construction will carry out its function of reducing humidity levels.
If the vents in the crawl space are not installed in the right way or not maintained properly, that can lead to the appearance of mildew and mold, wood rot and pests, or excessive moisture, and all that leads to severe structural issues.
Step 2. Crawl Space Cleaning
If the following issues can be seen in your living area or crawl space, you will need to hire a professional for the thorough crawl space examination.
- Crawlspace with open vents and a dirt floor
- Allergy and asthma symptoms
- Fiberglass insulation in the crawl space
The crawl space cleaning services include the following:
- Mold Removal
- Crawl Space Fungus Treatment
- Reasons To Clean Up Crawl Space
Getting deprived of mold includes the inspection, cleaning, and mold growth prevention. It is almost impossible to eliminate the entire mold and mold spores from the inside of your house. However, if you can control the moisture indoors, you can prevent mold growing.
Fungal spores often cause health problems. These problems may involve either allergic reactions or still more severe disorders. The main task is to block them from creeping into your living area. Most often, fungus appears in the crawl space. So, if you detect it there, do your best to remove it instantly.
Reasons to Clean Up Crawl Space
It is always important to clean the crawlspace for avoiding unwanted issues. Cleaning will create the safe environment in your home free from mildew, dust, and mold. Among the benefits of cleaning, there are the following ones:
- Health: If a crawl space is dirty, it can harbor different allergens, so keeping the space clean is quite beneficial for your health.
- Structural Strength: If the crawl space is cleaned up regularly, that allows for avoiding the damage of your house structure caused by water and pests.
- Energy Efficiency: You can save your money if the insulation is intact, the HVAC unit and ductwork are clean, and all the systems run efficiently.
- Moisture Control
- Keeping Pests Out
Step 3. Crawl Space Maintenance
- If you’re worried about your crawl space—of if you just want to save some money—follow these five rules: Encapsulate the Crawl Space, Install New Insulation, Schedule a Cleaning Service, Block Entry Points, Dehumidify the Crawl Space.
Steps of Crawl Space Encapsulation
The construction engineers and scientists recommend to encapsulate, or seal, the crawlspace to turn this dirty and moldy place into a comfortable area where there is no mold or damp.
Step 1. Crawl Space Encapsulation
This is one of the best solutions to avoid the issues with indoor moisture. Crawlspace encapsulation (or sealing) is similar to the lining in swimming pools that prevents them from leaking. Every other crawlspace has its unique moisture challenges and issues.
- Vapor Barrier
- Sealing & Ventilation
- Drainage System
The first task in the process is installing foam boards on the walls, and then, covering them with a vapor barrier. That is done to block moisture from penetrating into the crawlspace.
It is a thin sheet of plastic that is located under the house to cover the ground and the crawl space walls. It blocks out the moisture.
Sealing & Ventilation
Many contractors understand that the crawl space should be considered as the part of a living area. That’s because most of the air we breathe at home comes immediately from the crawlspace. That is why this area should be treated appropriately with sealing, insulating, and keeping free from damp and moist.
That should be added to the encapsulation if your area has a high water table and/or the crawlspace is located below the ground level and suffers from water seepage.
Protect your crawl space from extensive humidity and all the related issues penetrating into it with the help of installing a humidifier in this area.
Price estimates depend on the condition and size of your crawl space, the type of insulation, the thickness of the vapor barrier, and the type of pump and dehumidifier. The basic process to encapsulate a crawlspace includes:
- Inspect, clean, and dry out the crawl space
- Repair and seal foundation, cracks, and vents
- Install drainage system, insulation, and vapor barrier
- Install dehumidifier and maintain a dry crawlspace
Step 2. Additional Crawl Space Waterproofing
- Water Removal
- Basement Encapsulation
Water Removal. Water that gets into the this part of your home should be removed. The water normally penetrates into it because of heavy rains, cracks in the foundation, flooding, and misdirected or clogged gutters.
Finishing. The finished appears quite beneficial for a better house appeal while selling it as well as for saving energy and improving the quality of the indoor air.
Basement Encapsulation usually includes:
- The walls waterproofing with cement.
- The foundation sealing.
- A sump pump or drain installation.
- Repairing cracks with epoxy injections.
- The downspouts managing and soil grading from the outside of the house.
Steps of the Crawl Space Renovation
- All the breaches in the walls of the foundation should be sealed and isolated to prevent the infiltration of water from the outside.
- A thick vapor barrier should be added over the insulation to block the spread of moisture around the house.
- A heating system needs to be installed for keeping the crawl space temperature between 12 and 15 degrees Celsius. That helps get rid of the extensive humidity and protect your home from dramatic changes in temperatures between the seasons.
- A ventilation system must be installed inside to do away with radon (if it is present) and the humidity.
Should I Encapsulate My Crawl Space?
If you want to diminish moisture in your crawl space and reduce the risk of mold appearance, you need to encapsulate this part of yours house. The air in the crawl space becomes cleaner, and you can turn this space into a convenient storage area because after encapsulation, it is completely clean.
Crawl space services cost
Permanent solutions typically include cleaning, pest control, and installing a dehumidifier, drainage system, and encapsulation.
Crawl Space Repair cost
- Foundation Repair –
- Replacing Support Beam –
- Replace Insulation –
- Replacing Crawl Space Plastic – .
- Vent Repair –
Crawl Space Cleaning cost
- Mold Removal –
- Fungus Treatment –
- Reasons To Clean Up Crawl Space –
Crawl Space Encapsulation cost
- Vapor Barrier
- Sealing & Ventilation
- Drainage System
Average cost of crawl space encapsulation
The average cost to waterproof a basement is $0,000 to $0,000, or between $3 and $9 per square foot for materials and labor.
Crawl Space Contractors
Tornado Plumbing & Drains is Professional Waterproofing and Crawl Space Company for Commercial or Residential Construction. Here are three reasons to call us:
- Licensing: Tornado Plumbing & Drains is insured and fully licensed, guaranteeing you receive the best services possible, as well as ensuring you won’t be held liable for any on-the-job accidents.
- To deal with all the crawlspace problems, you will need to hire a respectable company with great customer experience.
- Efficiency: Tornado Plumbing & Drains understands, no matter how big your problem is, it needs to be done as soon as possible, so you can go about your daily business.
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FAQ of crawl space
How to choose contractors?
- Find contractors on google or dig into internet directories
- Check their portfolio
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- Check reviews
- Get free quotes
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How to get your help?
Can I fix/repair/do it by myself?
Yes, you can fix yourself one small area, but it really depends on your particular problem. As a full service basement contractor, we offer several solutions, both from the interior and exterior, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all system. Our Basement Advisors are trained to recommend the most practical and economical solution.
Should I fully encapsulate my crawl space?
The full encapsulation is needed when the amount of standing water is rather significant, and when moisture or high humidity creeps through the foundation. This type of repairs and installation provides a great bonus of saving energy as well as the possibility to fully control the moisture.