Repairing your Crawl Space
CRAWL SPACE REPAIR, WATERPROOFING, AND ENCAPSULATION IN CHARLOTTE, CONCORD, NC AND SURROUNDING AREAS
If the house you own has a crawl space under it, there are some things you should do to ensure it is properly cared for and adds value to your home. Some homes built on crawl spaces have issues with moisture-related problems.
Customers often have a variety of questions about crawl space repair. Below are answers to the following questions:
- Do I need crawl space repair
- How do you repair a crawl space
- How much does it cost to repair a crawl space
- Should I seal off my crawl space
- What is crawl space encapsulation
- How does moisture affect my crawl space
- How do I fix water and moisture problems in my crawl space
- Do I need a crawl space dehumidifier
- Do I need a sump pump installation
HOW CRAWL SPACE ENCAPSULATION CAN PREVENT FUTURE MOISTURE AND MOLD ISSUES
Crawl spaces are disgusting areas which may contain odors, standing water or even insects and animals, places nobody wants to be in right?
Crawl space encapsulation helps to prevent both mold and moisture problems. Most indoor air quality issues in homes begin in one place – the crawl space. Crawl spaces that are not encapsulated are subject to wood rot, termite and bug infestations and ruined insulation. Our team of skilled service technicians changes all of those things. Our skilled staff will clean your home’s crawl space we will put down a waterproofing industry standard sealed liner on the floor and walls. We can make a transformation to the space at the completion of the project.
The Sedona Waterproofing Solutions team is able to excavate trenches all around the perimeter of your crawl space and install a recognized French drain system. This trench will lead the water flow to a sump pump installation. The location placement of this pump this is to where we will make the water gravitate and collect to and be exited to the outside. Water infiltration coming in will have no choice but to flow through our drain system. By installing this system this will allow us to make sure any of the water coming in, is going right back out.
Why our crawlspace encapsulation process includes a sump pump:
It does the heavy lifting to keep your crawl space dry
This electrically powered device does the heavy lifting to keep your crawl space dry. It pumps water out after the water collects in a sump pit recessed into the floor of the crawl space.
Your sump pump setup doesn’t have to be an eyesore
Instead of being installed in an ugly open hole, your sump pump can be housed in a durable plastic sump liner with an airtight cover.
SEDONA WATERPROOFING’S CUSTOM CRAWL SPACE REPAIR SOLUTIONS
Every crawl space is different, which is why we at Sedona Waterproofing Solutions will custom design a solution for each individual home and there are several methods available to encapsulate a crawl space. We only use the highest quality & the most durable materials on the market. We pride ourselves on the aesthetic of the final product. That is why we install for the areas top builders & remodelers. Our dedicated crawl space team only installs sealed crawl spaces and the same crew will stay on your project from start to finish
WHAT CAUSES CRAWL SPACE PROBLEMS AND DAMAGE
- Moisture seeping up from the ground
- Condensation from the walls and HVAC equipment
- Standing water and flooding
- Insulation falling from the floor joists
- Mold and mildew on the floor joists and sub-floors
- Pests insects in the crawl space
SIGNS OF A CRAWL SPACE PROBLEM: DO I NEED A CRAWL SPACE REPAIR
There are some common symptoms of a much-needed crawl space repair that you can see without having to get into the crawl space. Seeing any mold or moisture damage in the crawl space or living area or a musty odor in the living area are red flags that something is wrong in the crawl space.
Condensation can also be a big indicator that your crawl space needs work. You can see condensation on air conditioning duct-work or equipment, insulation, water pipes, or truss plates. Buckled hardwood floors or high humidity in the living area is another thing to look for. You should also be aware that insect infestations or rot in wooden framing members indicate a larger problem.
You may notice an increase in these symptoms during the spring and summer when humidity is highest, but it can occur at any time of the year. People will usually call an HVAC specialist, but the problem doesn’t lie with the air conditioning, but instead with the lack of moisture control in the crawl space.
Unsealed crawl spaces can also cause more problems than just moisture and mold. It is also the perfect opportunity for insects and rodents to get into your house. Getting rid of these infestations can take a long time and be expensive, especially if you do not take care of the source of the problem.
Not only can you let insects or rodents into your home, but you will also be letting out the heating and air conditioning. This puts unnecessary strain on your heating and cooling systems, which will cause them to need repairs more often. Even though your systems will be working overtime, you will still not have a comfortable temperature inside your home, and your utility bills will be much higher.
HOW DO YOU REPAIR A CRAWL SPACE
There are several considerations when making repairs to a crawl space. You may be able to do some small repairs on your own, but you may want to hire a professional who will be able to identify other problems and perform a high-quality repair.
Another reason to hire a professional is the safety concerns related to working in a crawl space. Dust, dried feces, mold, and asbestos are some of the things you could be breathing in. There are also usually many sharp objects in a crawl space. Builders might discard nails, utility knife blades, glass, or metal while working.
Professionals will have the proper safety precautions in place to make sure the project is completed without incident. If you try to work in your own crawl space, be sure to wear proper breathing protection, heavy gloves, knee pads, and heavy pants and a shirt to protect yourself from these hazards.
The best way to make repairs to your crawl space to prevent any moisture problems is to seal off the crawl space or encapsulate it. This manages the moisture and protects your home against mold and other issues.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO FIX A CRAWL SPACE
The cost it takes to repair a crawl space depends entirely upon what needs to be fixed. On average, it might be close to $6,000. Ranging from minor repairs to extensive work can range between $1,500 to $15,000. The work may require mold removal, replacement of joists or sub-floor, french drain installation, etc. The cost of repairs also varies depending on the square footage of the crawl space. Call today for a free estimate.
SHOULD I SEAL OFF MY CRAWL SPACE
Sealing a crawl space may be a good idea for many reasons. Sealing off the crawl space will help make your home more energy-efficient. You will notice an improvement in the temperature in your home with lower utility bills. Your heating and cooling systems will also not need to be working as hard, so they will last longer.
Sealing off a crawl space will also make it cleaner and more accessible. If work needs to be done on plumbing or other things found in the crawl space, this will be much easier in a clean environment free of debris and clutter. This will also save you money because repairs will be able to be completed faster.
Sealing off a crawl space will also keep moisture from causing damage to the wood or pipes or wires found in the crawl space. This will add to the structural safety of your home. It will also prevent mold, which can make your home unsafe for health reasons.
WHAT IS CRAWL SPACE ENCAPSULATION
Crawl space encapsulation is a process that seals your crawl space off from the outside world. A professional team will start with an inspection to locate any problems. Each home is different, so the approach must fit the home’s needs. This inspection will locate any insects, pests, or groundwater problems.
After an inspection, the sealing and insulating will take place. Crawl spaces all used to be vented to allow the moisture to move out and to get air moving underneath the house. This is not effective because the vents just let in more moisture. Because of this, any vents need to be sealed, and insulation should be installed to make it more energy-efficient.
Once that is done, then the area will be cleaned, and a vapor barrier will be added to the floor and walls. This helps to make sure that the sealing is secure around tricky spots like pipes, vents, and plumbing.
Undertaking a crawl space repair or encapsulation might seem overwhelming and complicated. Finding the answers to common crawl space repair questions can help keep you informed and help you to feel confident in your decisions.
HOW DOES MOISTURE AFFECT MY CRAWL SPACE
Moisture in your crawl space will affect a lot in your home. It is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew to grow. Mold will contaminate the air quality of your home and can lead to health problems for you and your family. Moisture can also cause the wood structures and floorboards in your home to rot and warp. This can affect the stability of your home.
HOW DO I FIX WATER AND MOISTURE PROBLEMS IN MY CRAWL SPACE
Fixing moisture problems in your crawl space can be done in several ways, but any way you get rid of the moisture will come back if you don’t take steps to prevent it in the future. The only way to do this is with crawl space encapsulation. This will help maintain the dry and safe atmosphere you are trying to obtain.
DO I NEED A CRAWL SPACE DEHUMIDIFIER
A crawl space dehumidifier will help improve the air quality in your entire home and will help monitor and keep the moisture levels in your home at a good level. This will help improve the health of your family because the air they are breathing will be better. This can help reduce allergies, eye irritation, headaches, and respiratory issues.
A dehumidifier will also protect against pests who like to nest and breed in humid environments. The dehumidifier will also help increase the structural integrity of your home by controlling the humidity levels. Condensation can produce wood rot, which will cause foundational problems in your home.
A dehumidifier will improve not only your health, but also your comfort. Your home will stay at a comfortable temperature consistently, so you will be happier. It will also keep your home at this comfortable temperature while reducing the workload of your heating and cooling systems and reducing your energy bill.
DO I NEED A SUMP PUMP INSTALLATION
Whether or not your crawl space requires a sump pump depends on the water levels in the crawl space. If your crawl space just has some condensation, but no standing water, then you may not need one. If there is any amount of standing water in your crawl space, then you will definitely need one.
If a sump pump is needed, it will be installed at the lowest part of the crawlspace, and then drains, or trenches will be installed to help guide any water to that area. Then the sump pump will pump the water out and away from your home. This helps keep your home dry and removes all the moisture from the crawl space that still gets in after encapsulation.
The odds are that if your crawl space is going to benefit from encapsulation, that it will also benefit from a sump pump. You don’t want to go through the process to seal off your crawl space just to have it fill up with water again.