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Bay Crawlspace and Foundation Repair was founded in 2014 and has quickly grown. We provide various services for foundation repair and crawl space repair in the greater Virginia Beach area. Our experts can provide a free inspection and estimate for your property and the solutions needed to repair your foundation and crawl space.

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    The Dangers of Sagging Floor Joists and How to Get Them Fixed Fast

    If walking around your house feels like you’re bobbing up and down on a boat in the ocean, then it could be a sign that you’ve got sagging floor joists. Uneven floors are not only harsh on the eyes, but they’re a hazard to the home. Sagging floors can indicate there’s damaged wood under your flooring, […] The post The Dangers of Sagging Floor Joists and How to Get Them Fixed Fast first appeared on Crawl Space & Foundations Repair...

    If walking around your house feels like you’re bobbing up and down on a boat in the ocean, then it could be a sign that you’ve got sagging floor joists. Uneven floors are not only harsh on the eyes, but they’re a hazard to the home.

    Sagging floors can indicate there’s damaged wood under your flooring, that one of your supports is deteriorating, or that there are problems with the foundations. Here are some other signs that you’ve got issues with your surface and how to fix sagging floor joists before it’s too late.

    What Are Floor Joists?

    Floor joists provide additional support to the flooring above it. They’re usually made of stronger wood such as Douglas Fir, Eastern White Pine, and (most commonly) Southern Yellow Pine.

    They’re generally placed under the subfloor to allow access for wires and plumbing pipes. Floor joists must be level with the subfloor and foundation in order to provide the best support for the house.

    What Are the Signs of Sagging Floor Joists?

    It might seem obvious to spot an uneven floor, but there are other things to look out for. Some of the common indicators that you have sagging floor joists include:

    Cracks or Crumbling on the Walls Inside the House

    Sagging floor joists can also cause issues for your walls. Look out for cracks or fissures in the corners and joints.

    Windows and Doors Problems

    All of your windows and doors should fit perfectly inside your house. But it’s a different story when you have a sagging floor. They will either become too loose that it feels like they’ll rip off the walls or too tight that it takes more effort to open and close them.

    Lack of Support

    Beams in older homes were initially spaced further apart. Thankfully, today’s building codes have changed the spacing requirements. But if you’re in an older house, then the larger spans between the beams and the long floor joists may be the reason why your floor is sagging.

    Sloping Floors

    Some homes have floors that are very uneven. Often times this is caused by long spans, moisture, and settlement. If the floors in a home are not even, there is a good chance the floor joists are not supporting as they should.

    Bouncy Floors

    If you hear rattling every time you walk around a corner, the floors are probably getting by with minimal support. Bouncy floors cause furniture and other items to shake and vibrate due to inadequate support. If the floors do not feel firm, that’s a sign the floor joists need more support.

    How to Inspect Your Home When Your Floors Are Sagging

    If you want to confirm your suspicions about your uneven floor, there are ways that you can investigate your floor joists. But you do need to know what you’re looking out for.

    The easiest way to check is if you have a basement. Take a good look at the basement support beams and posts that meet the floor.

    Crawl spaces are not as easy to inspect. You will want to wear protective clothing like a Tyvek suit, gloves, a headlight (or flashlight) and potentially a respirator.

    While you’re in the basement or crawlspace, if you notice that it’s continuously damp, then it could be a hive for insects that love to destroy floor joists. Powderpost Beetles can turn them into swiss cheese by chewing through them. Carpenter Ants and Termites can also do plenty of damage to floor joists, particularly in the Spring.

    If you are able to inspect the floor joists directly, you’ll want to see if they have fungal growth, spans greater than 10′, proper support by the beams and piers, or excessive moisture.

    What Causes Sagging Floor Joists in Older Homes?

    Wood tends to rot when it’s exposed to humid air and moist dirt. This can cause the joists to weaken and shift the support it’s supposed to give to the subfloor. It’s essential for you to know how your house was built so that you understand how you’re going to repair the sagging floor joists.

    Why You Should Fix Sagging Floor Joists

    An uneven floor can often be just the beginning of problems to occur with your home. If the reasons for the issues with your floor joists are a wet crawl space, then you can expect more troubles to come.

    When a crawl space isn’t sealed off properly and protected from moisture, it can damage the floor joists, rot the wood, attract insects and pests, grow mold and bacteria.

    If you’re looking to sell your house, then it will hit your hip pocket harder. Realtors must disclose to potential buyers that the foundation of a home is weak, damaged, or has sagging floors. This can potentially drop the value of your home by up to 20% if you’re looking to sell.

    How to Fix Sagging Floor Joists

    There are several ways to fix sagging floor joists. It will depend on the condition of the beams and the surrounding environment. Some of the most common methods of repairing sagging floor joists include:

    Joist Sistering

    Sistering is when an identical piece of wood gets fastened to the floor joist. This provides extra support and is better secured compared to ‘scabbing’, which can be inadequate.

    Beam Replacement

    One of the biggest issues with structural damage is that the conditions can affect all of the wooden framing under the house. Any structural beams that are damaged or sagging should be replaced or supported.

    Structural Jacks & Beams

    Long joist spans and poorly planned structural layouts cause more sagging floor joists than anything. If the beams are spaced too far apart, the long floor joists are probably stressed and bowing under the weight of the home and gravity.

    A crawl space repair professional, like Bay, can install strong foundations, steel structural jacks, and new custom beams to permanently stabilize the floors and walls in almost any area.

    Who You Should Contact When You Have Sagging Floor Joists

    It might seem odd for some homeowners to contact someone about the space underneath their house since it is “out of sight, out of mind.” However, if your sagging floors aren’t attended to quickly, then it can lead to more serious and expensive issues in the future.

    With over 5000 homes serviced, at BAY we are experts when it comes to fixing sagging floor joists. The team has over 200 years of trade experienced combined and specializes in fixing crawl spaces and foundations for all types of homes. If you’re stressing about your flooring and foundations, get in touch with BAY for a free expert analysis and quote.

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    Crawl Space Encapsulation DIY Guide

    It’s easy for homeowners to overlook their crawl space because the only time they’re in there is when making repairs or maintaining their HVAC. It’s only until you get that sickening smell emanating from the floor that your crawl space gets the attention it deserves. Your crawl space seems harmless, but it could be a […] The post Crawl Space Encapsulation DIY Guide first appeared on Crawl Space & Foundations Repair...

    It’s easy for homeowners to overlook their crawl space because the only time they’re in there is when making repairs or maintaining their HVAC. It’s only until you get that sickening smell emanating from the floor that your crawl space gets the attention it deserves.

    Your crawl space seems harmless, but it could be a host for all kinds of mold and unwanted little critters.  A humid crawl space also significantly reduces the efficiency of your HVAC, but you can solve all this with a simple encapsulation. A handy individual doesn’t even need professionals; crawl space encapsulation DIY is difficult but anyone with the right tools and supplies can do it.

    If you’re wondering whether crawl space encapsulation is worth your time, then the answer is definitely yes. That’s unless you’re comfortable with that unpleasant pungent smell from mold and having rats around the house. Mold can also lead to a host of respiratory complications, especially if you’re sensitive to such allergens.

    This piece is a comprehensive step by step guide on how to encapsulate your crawl space. That way, you can keep all these problems at bay and have a clean, moisture-free crawl space.

    Step by Step Crawl Encapsulation DIY

    Crawl space encapsulation is essentially sealing your dirt floor in the crawl space using a vapor barrier, insulating the crawl space walls, and installing a dehumidifier. It also involves sealing off all vents and outdoor openings to prevent the entry of humid air from outside. If you want to encapsulate your crawl space, here’s how you do it.

    1. Examine the Property

    Before you get to the actual encapsulation, the first thing you have to do is inspect the crawl space and your home’s layout. It’s great if you have your home’s floor plan so you can formulate a proper method of approach.

    Next, ensure that your home has is graded correctly. If you suspect your home has drainage or any grading issues, then contact a ‘grading’ or gutter professional as soon as you can to address the problem.

    Also, you want to check for mold and clean it up so that the encapsulation doesn’t trap the mold in place. Also, check for any gas leaks from your furnace or water heater to prevent any backdraft. Lastly, check the moisture levels. 

    To effectively remove all mold and fungus, you can fog your crawl space. All you have to do is fill a cold fogger machine with fungicide and start fogging. Scrub any remaining fungus with a nylon brush to make sure your crawl space is fungus-free before encapsulating your crawl space.

    Lastly, spray a mold prevention solution on the wood to prevent the mold from ever growing again.

    2. Repair the Crawl Space

    After everything is right, the next step is to repair the structural elements on your crawl space. This mainly entails removing and replacing any rotten wood in the crawl space. Make sure you get the band joists, floor joists, and girders. If there’s any rotten wood on your subfloor, replace that also.

    Make sure you compensate for any support when you remove portions of the crawl space that support the floor. Clear all the debris so you can start the actual work.

    3. Seal the Vents, Outdoor Spaces and Install the Vapor Barrier

    After clearing all these issues, the next thing to do is to seal the vents completely and any gaps on the floor. You can use vent covers, sealed doors, and hydraulic cement to achieve this. 

    Foam boards are ideal for insulating the walls of the crawl space. You can also use fiberglass batts to insulate the floors instead.

    4. Remove Current Moisture Barrier and Install a New One

    The next thing to do is to remove the current moisture barrier to make room for the new one. Make sure after removing it, you level the area to make installing the new one much easier.

    After removing the vapor barrier, install a new one to prevent any moisture from getting into your crawl space. Moisture is responsible for that unpleasant musty odor coming from the floor. 

    The next step is installing the new moisture barrier, and here’s how to do it correctly

    1. Start by wrapping the piers with pieces of the vapor barrier. Make sure the vapor barrier is tight to the ground. 
    2. Cut tight around any obstacles including piers, plumbing, and wires.
    3. Tightly tape around the piers and pipes with waterproof tape. 
    4. Cover the entire crawl space with poly and tape it to the wall. Fold the corners so that it can lay flat on the ground. Make sure each seam overlaps by at least a few inches.

    You should also install a thermal barrier to your crawl space walls as a measure to further prevent any outdoor air from entering your crawlspace. Foam insulation is an excellent thermal barrier and prevents any moisture from getting in.

    5. Dry Your Crawl Space

    At this point, you’re almost done with encapsulating the crawl space, but before you kick up your feet, you still have to dry your crawl space. The best way to keep your crawl space dry is by installing a dehumidifier.

    Dehumidifiers are your best bet to ensure low moisture levels in your crawlspace all year round. You can also consider getting a humidity monitor to know the moisture levels in your crawl space and gauge the effectiveness of your crawl space encapsulation.

    6. Do Regular Inspections

    After drying your crawl space, you will have successfully encapsulated it. Now all that’s left is to check your crawl space regularly, reading the moisture levels and ensuring your dehumidifier is working fine. Do this regularly to ensure your crawl space is in tip-top shape.

    Follow These Steps for Encapsulating Your Crawl Space

    There’s nothing too complicated about a crawl space encapsulation DIY project. It’s just very hard work and time consuming. It’s always a good idea to have a little help with you when encapsulating your crawl space. Also, before you start the process, make sure you have all the tools and equipment in place, and don’t forget your safety gear.

    Also, it’s okay to seek a little professional help once in a while. If you need professional and expedient crawl space repair and maintenance, then request a quote today, and we’ll help you out.

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    5 Tips to Care for Your Crawl Space

    In 2018, the average repair cost needs among US households was roughly $2,920. It’s a statistic that underlines how important home maintenance is, given that every dollar spent on home maintenance saves you up to $100 in repair costs.  Few areas in a home are more neglected than crawl spaces. That’s perhaps because crawl spaces […] The post 5 Tips to Care for Your Crawl Space first appeared on Crawl Space & Foundations Repair...

    In 2018, the average repair cost needs among US households was roughly $2,920. It’s a statistic that underlines how important home maintenance is, given that every dollar spent on home maintenance saves you up to $100 in repair costs. 

    Few areas in a home are more neglected than crawl spaces. That’s perhaps because crawl spaces are typically out of sight and thus out of mind. 

    Without proper home crawl space maintenance, however, this essential part of the house becomes susceptible to moisture, pests, numerous other problems. These issues can cause structural damage to your home’s foundation, affect your indoor air quality, and increase power bills.

    It’s the reason we’ve prepared this comprehensive guide on cleaning crawl spaces. By the time you’re done reading, we hope you’ll have all the information you need to keep your crawl space in top condition at all times.

    What Is a Crawl Space?

    A crawl space refers to the space between the bottom floor of a house and the ground. Typically, this space is between one and three feet in height.

    The primary function of a crawl space is to provide extra room for plumbing components, electrical wiring, and HVAC equipment. Because the amount of space of this part of your home is limited, access into the area is only possible by crawling, hence the name. 

    Why Is A Crawl Space Necessary?

    We mentioned earlier that crawl spaces provide additional room for such things as plumbing and electrical wiring. But these spaces do much more than that. 

    In damp climates where the ground is often wet, crawl spaces help keep moisture away from the house. Because of the wet nature of the ground in these climates, building a basement is impossible. That’s why people opt to support the home off the ground.

    Crawl spaces are also ideal when you don’t have the budget for the construction of a basement. Typically, installing a crawl space is much cheaper than building a basement.

    Common Crawl Space Problems

    Proper crawl space care starts with knowing which problems can attack the space. Below, we list come of the most prevalent crawl space issues:

    • Plumbing problems
    • Electrical wiring issues
    • Moisture 
    • Pests such as bugs, rats, termites, mice
    • Mold and mildew
    • Ventilation issues

    Crawl space maintenance practices aim to keep these issues at bay or promptly solve them before they get worse. Keep in mind that if you intend to sell your home at some point, the home inspection will include an exploration of your crawl space. If any of the above problems come to light during the inspection, it could affect the price of your home or halt the deal immediately.

    Tips for Caring for and Cleaning Crawl Spaces

    Investing in proper regular crawl space maintenance can prove beneficial both now and in the long run. Here are four top tips on how to care for your home’s crawl space.

    1. Keep Moisture Out 

    Regardless of where you live, the ground below and around your home contains a certain amount of moisture. This moisture should ideally evaporate into the atmosphere. 

    When that doesn’t happen, the moisture collects into water droplets on the wood above your crawl space. The problem arises when mold and mildew start to grow on the wood. With time, this mold can start to compromise the structural integrity of your house.

    So how do you keep your crawl space dry? 

    Well, you can start by installing water gutters on the edges of the roof to direct water away from your home’s foundation. Where gutters are impractical or impossible, consider landscaping the soil around the crawl space, so water drains away from the house.

    Another solution entails using fans on your crawl space to dry out the area if it’s already wet. You can also use sealant materials in the crawlspace drainage system to waterproof it.

    2. Keep the Crawl Space Clean

    It’s impossible to overemphasize the importance of regularly cleaning your crawl space. A dirty crawl space can compromise the quality of your indoor air and encourage insect and pest infestation. 

    Given that the area below your house is often dark and damp, cleaning it can be a tough task. With a little patience and hard work, however, you can get the task done in a few hours. 

    Make sure that you have the right supplies. Chances are there are already signs of mold around the crawl space, so don’t forget to have the right personal protective equipment for the job, including protective gloves, a full face negative pressure respirator, eye protection, and so on. 

    Other tools needed for the job include a Tyvek suit, headlight, and a fan. With the right tools and equipment, you should get your crawl space looking just as clean as other areas in your home. Of course, you can also hire a professional crawl space cleaning company to get the job done for you. 

    3. Keep Rodents Out

    Once you’ve cleaned your crawl space, you need to make sure that it stays that way. Start by blocking any entry points for rodents. These include cracks and holes that rats, mice, and roaches can use to enter the crawl space.

    4. Insulate the Crawl Space

    Keeping your crawl space properly insulated can help regulate the temperature of this essential part of your home. Insulation also helps prevent warm air from escaping from your house during the summer and keeps the warm air in during the winter. This way, you get to avoid high energy bills.

    When insulating your crawl space, use the right products. Remember to start from the ground up. If unsure of how to go about it, work with a professional.

    Proper Crawl Space Care Can Keep It in Top Shape

    Cleaning crawl spaces and keeping them dry and pest-free can enhance the condition and longevity of your house. It’s one of the less attractive home maintenance projects, but you can pull it off with a little patience and hard work.

    Are you interested in reliable crawl space cleaning or repair? Contact us today for a free estimate.

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    9 Signs You Need Crawl Space Repair

    About 15% of all new homes in the US have a crawl space and for good reasons. A crawl space makes it conveniently easy to reach vital parts of the home. Just like all other parts of a house, maintenance is necessary, even for crawl spaces. If you have noticed air quality issues in your […] The post 9 Signs You Need Crawl Space Repair first appeared on Crawl Space & Foundations Repair...

    About 15% of all new homes in the US have a crawl space and for good reasons. A crawl space makes it conveniently easy to reach vital parts of the home. Just like all other parts of a house, maintenance is necessary, even for crawl spaces.

    If you have noticed air quality issues in your home, it may be caused by the humid air and moisture in crawl space. If there happens to be mold, mold spores will get infused in that humid air, which is a health hazard for you and your family. What other signs signal that you may have crawl space issues that need repair?

    1. Moisture in the Crawl Space

    If you have an open crawl space and recently experienced a storm, you may have standing water in there. One thing that gives away water in the crawl space is the amount of humidity you experience.

    Standing water may also come from several other sources, such as plumbing leaks, hydrostatic pressure, or flooding. If there’s a way for you to check the crawl space and notice stagnant water, then you may need crawl space repair.

    2. High Indoor Humidity

    If there’s water in the crawl space, you’ll undoubtedly experience high humidity in your home. Humidity is one of the most damaging issues you can deal with because it causes mold, and mildew, and weakens the floor joists, compromising the quality of your foundation.

    High humidity will also make it super expensive for you to condition your home, making your home uncomfortable in the process.

    Humidity is easy to notice due to the stack effect. Air from the bottom of the house usually rises up to the rest of the house, so if you notice indoor air is more humid than outside, you may want to call in a professional for crawl space repair.

    3. Condensation

    When you experience high humidity, it’s going to be followed by condensation. There will be too much moisture in the air, so it’ll start collecting on surfaces. In this case, these surfaces are the floor, foundations, and joists, which can be quite dangerous.

    Even worse, condensation could lead to wet crawl space insulation, which is hard to get rid of unless you do a replacement. You need a professional to enter into the crawlspace to check whether the insulation has sagged or fallen due to wetness.

    4. Wood Rot and Floor Joist Problems

    When water affects wood for too long, it gets fungal infestation and starts to rot, losing its structure and form. How do you know whether the wood is rotting from crawl space issues? If your floors have started feeling uneven, sloping on one side, or feeling bouncy, it may be ideal to call in a professional.

    If the problem is in the floor joists, then you’re likely to experience similar signs to wood rot. Check for bouncy areas, and floor sloping issues. Beyond that, having sagging floors, whether it’s a crawl space issue or not, is a serious problem that should be addressed as soon as you notice.

    5. Foundation Cracks

    Foundation cracks are always a sign of a serious structural problem, and it’s critical that you have it looked at immediately. You may notice hairline cracks, which may not be an issue, but if you have bigger than ⅛”, then you have structural damages. The foundation is typically the base for your entire house if the structure is compromised, you have to face bigger issues if you don’t have it fixed on time.

    6. High Energy Bills

    Have you noticed an increase in your energy bills? It may be due to inadequate insulation, and if the insulation in your crawlspace is compromised, it could be the reason. If the air gets too humid, it may be hard for the air conditioner to condition it, which will also lead to high energy bills.

    7. Signs or Smells of Animals

    With poor insulation in the crawl space, animals like snakes, mice, rats, and critters are bound to get in. If you hear scratching noises or notice these rodents and animals in your home, have your crawl space checked out.

    Rodents can be a menace in a home, and eventually, they come into the house as well and become a huge problem. This goes for critters and any other animal coming from the crawl space. Have a professional check it and repair any spaces allowing these animals to come through.

    8. Mold and Mildew

    Mold and mildew can be a major crawl space issue and something you should look out for. You see, in hidden spaces like the crawl space, mold is likely to go unnoticed and thrive. However, you can notice the smell, and once you do, you should call a professional that understands how to deal with it.

    Mold and mildew cause allergies, and if you have noticed family members with allergies of late, this may be the reason. It’s important that you get rid of it before it becomes toxic, especially if you have black mold that could cause other serious health issues.

    9. Musty Odors

    Moisture in your crawl space causes bad smells and musty odors. You may have noticed it and not known where it came from, but it’s likely to be in the house. Decaying debris, animals, and moisture are primarily the root cause of this odor, and since air circulates from the crawl space, it comes straight in the house, causing an unbearable smell.

    Act Quickly When You Spot Signs of Crawl Space Problems

    There you have it! Apart from moisture in crawl space, these are some of the major signs that you may have crawl space issues that need to be addressed. If you have a crawl space in your home, it’s advisable to keep checking for these signs so you can catch the problems before they escalate.

    If you have noticed any of these signs, please get in touch with us, and we’ll have a professional check it out and do the repairs for you.

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    What Is Crawl Space Encapsulation? Everything You Need to Know

    Your crawl space might be out of sight, but if you ignore it for too long, it can fill up with moisture, mold, and all manner of unpleasant things. If you aren’t careful, these things can get into your home, too.  An Encapsulated Crawl Space keeps these problems from happening.  But what is crawl space […] The post What Is Crawl Space Encapsulation? Everything You Need to Know first appeared on Crawl Space & Foundations Repair...

    Your crawl space might be out of sight, but if you ignore it for too long, it can fill up with moisture, mold, and all manner of unpleasant things. If you aren’t careful, these things can get into your home, too. 

    An Encapsulated Crawl Space keeps these problems from happening. 

    But what is crawl space encapsulation and how does it work? We’ve put together this guide to help you find out. 

    So let’s get started!

    How Does Crawl Space Encapsulation Work?

    A crawl space is a hollow area beneath your home that separates your floor structure from the dirt ground. This space is usually about one to three feet tall, and it holds all those things that would normally go in a basement, such as electrical work, plumbing, the HVAC system, insulation, etc. 

    But if you don’t maintain it, this space can also fill up with moisture and mold. 

    The air in your crawl space then flows into your home, carrying mold spores, cold drafts, and humidity with it. This air can spread mold growth through the rest of your home and even put your health at risk. 

    That’s why encapsulation is so important. 

    When you encapsulate your crawl space, you create an air-tight barrier between your home and the open space beneath it. This prevents the passage of air between your home and the crawl space, and it also keeps the crawl space dry and clean. 

    Encapsulating your crawl space can benefit your home in a number of ways. Here’s a quick look at some of the best ones. 

    Keeps Your Home Comfortable

    The air in a vented crawl space can be damp and musty. If this air gets into your home, your entire house can feel humid and smelly. 

    Since encapsulating your crawl space conditions this air, it also keeps your home more comfortable. 

    Saves You Money on Your Energy Bill 

    If your home is full of damp, cold air, you’ll have to run your heater for longer periods of time to keep your home comfortable in the winter. This means your spending extra money on energy costs.

    When you encapsulate your crawl space, you can turn your HVAC system off more often. Because of this, you’ll save money at the end of every month. 

    Prevents Mold Growth 

    Encapsulating your crawl space keeps the area dry, meaning the mold will stop growing down there. It also prevents damp air from passing through your home, so you won’t have to worry about mold growing inside your home either. 

    Improves the Indoor Air Quality of Your Home

    If your crawl space is moldy, those mold spores get carried up into your home. In other words, you’re breathing them in every day, which can be dangerous for your health

    When you encapsulated your crawl space, you cut off the passage of air between your crawl space and your home. This means you stop breathing in the damp and dirty air. 

    Keeps the Pests Out

    Your crawl space is an attractive home for pests, such as rats or insects. Once these pests get into your crawl space, they can find a way into your home as well. 

    These pests won’t only damage your home and eat your food, they can also pose a threat to your health. Encapsulating your home seals off your crawl space from the outside, which deters any pests from getting into your home. 

    Raises the Value of Your Home

    Since crawl space encapsulation keeps your crawl space clean and your home safe, it also raises the value of your home. Buyers will be willing to spend more money on a home with an encapsulated crawl space when it comes time to sell. 

    How Much Does It Cost to Get an Encapsulated Crawl Space?

    The average cost for encapsulating your crawl space is about $7,000, but the price can get lower or higher depending on the specifics of the job. 

    For example, you’ll have to spend more money on materials and labor if your crawl space is larger than normal or extra difficult to work in. This includes things like a polyethylene barrier, sealing tape, a dehumidifier, etc. 

    If your crawl space is dirty, full of water, or infested with pests, you’ll also have to pay to get it cleaned out before you can encapsulate it. This will make the price go up. 

    It’s a good idea to talk to a professional and get a quote before you start the job. This will help you create an accurate budget.  

    Can You Encapsulate Your Crawl Space on Your Own?

    You can encapsulate your crawl space on your own, but it isn’t a good idea. 

    Crawl space encapsulation is a tricky job. On top of that, you won’t have a lot of space to move around, which makes the job even harder. 

    You’ll also have to buy all the right supplies before you start, and that can be a hefty expense. If you don’t have experience encapsulating crawl spaces, it can also be difficult to create a completely air-tight seal around the space. 

    Even a small mistake can cost you a lot of time and money. You’ll probably have to hire a professional to come fix the mistakes in the end, which means you’ll be spending twice as much money in the long run. 

    You’ll save more money and more time by hiring a professional in the beginning. 

    Taking the First Steps Toward Crawl Space Encapsulation  

    The first step of getting an encapsulated crawl space is finding the right company for the job. You’ll want someone with experience that offers quality services you know you can trust. 

    Not sure where to look?

    We’ve got you covered! Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today for a free quote! 

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    5 Common Crawl Space Problems You Need to Know and Avoid

    As a homeowner, you already have so many different factors that you’ve got to keep your eyes on each day. However, there are also things (that aren’t necessarily day to day) that you need to be aware of. If your home has a crawl space, then there are several different issues that it might have […] The post 5 Common Crawl Space Problems You Need to Know and Avoid first appeared on Crawl Space & Foundations Repair...

    As a homeowner, you already have so many different factors that you’ve got to keep your eyes on each day.

    However, there are also things (that aren’t necessarily day to day) that you need to be aware of.

    If your home has a crawl space, then there are several different issues that it might have without you knowing it.

    As the owner of the house, it’s important for you to understand these problems and the signs that you need to get them fixed.

    Here are several common crawl space problems that you need to know about in order to avoid them at all costs.

    1. Uneven Floors
    One of the biggest things that you need to be aware of is the danger to your home’s overall structural support.

    As useful as crawl spaces are, they can be the contributing factor to sabotaging the support underneath your floors.

    So… how can you tell if your home’s support is being compromised? One of the earliest signs will be if you were to notice uneven floors.

    Don’t just assume that the floors were always uneven and you’ve never noticed. If any portion of your floor is sloping, it can be your home trying to tell you that something is wrong.

    Be sure to reach out to a trusted professional foundation repair service and schedule a checkup of your foundation, as well as receive a quote for your crawl space foundation repair cost.

    2. Standing Water in the Crawl Space
    Standing water is one of the biggest nightmares for your crawl space. If you notice any puddles of water in it, then be sure to contact a professional right away.

    The biggest issue is that many people aren’t aware that a crawl space can actually flood. Because of that, water can settle in the crawlspace for weeks, months, or even years before a professional comes in to find it.

    The standing water might not be draining because of the vapor barrier, which purposely stops the water from draining.

    Since the water has nowhere else to escape, it’s going to release itself into the air as much as possible.

    3. Cold Floors
    Have you ever woken up on a winter morning and noticed that your floor is cold to the touch, even though the thermostat is fully-functioning.

    The reason that your floor feels as cold as it would outdoors is because of a lack of insulation for your crawl space. Not many people realize that crawl space even has insulation, to begin with.

    As soon as the insulation is installed, you’ll notice a significant difference as soon as you walk on your floors.

    Now, when you wake up on a cold winter morning, you’ll be able to walk on your floor without skipping across it as if you were touching ice.

    You and all of your family members, relatives, and guests will walk across your floor comfortably during even the coldest of days!

    4. Stale or Mildewy Smell
    Did you know that your nose can adjust to a foul smell in only a matter of minutes? If the smell is off-putting to your brain, it’ll purposely put its receptors into fatigue.

    That’s why so many people wait so long to call in a crawl space repairman. They smell the mildewy stench for a minute or two, but then think it went away after they can’t smell it any longer.

    The truth is that the mildewy smell is more than likely coming from standing water inside your crawl space.

    Since that water has no place to escape, it’ll find small openings that are within the walls of your crawl space and your floors.

    The foul odor might also be coming from a dead animal under your home or a significant pile of rodent droppings.

    You might also have a drain line or two within your plumbing that has a sewage leak, that could be creating the rotten smell that you’re catching with your nose.

    Whatever the reason, you need to have it looked at by an experienced crawl space professional.

    5. Mold In the Crawl Space
    Mold is one of the most detrimental issues that you could have with your crawl space or foundation.

    But the worst part is that unless you have a professional perform a checkup or go down into the crawl space yourself to inspect, you may never know it’s there.

    Not only is mold a huge risk to the integrity of your home, but it’s also harmful to you and your entire family. Your family might be breathing it in every single day. In fact, mold can consume up to half of the air within your house.

    If consumed often enough, black mold can cause serious respiratory issues for you such as chronic coughing, headaches, and even black mold poisoning.

    So… what causes mold in the first place? There are three main causes. First, the mold could be coming from the moisture from the damp earth around your home.

    Second, it could be coming from the humidity outside of your home that is seeping its way in. Lastly, it could be from the standing water in your crawl space that you aren’t even aware of.

    Be sure to reach out to an expert right away. They will know how to get rid of moisture under the house.

    Have Your Crawl Space Inspected Today!
    Now that you’ve seen just a few of the major crawl space problems, it’s time to schedule an appointment today.

    Be sure to read this article on the main causes of uneven floors, as well as information on how to fix them.

    For more inquiries, please feel free to reach out via our contact us page and we’ll be happy to assist you further!

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