Most people find their crawl space to be dark, dungy, and sometimes just plain scary! Although crawl spaces may seem to be an area of your house that can be left untouched, you should not neglect regular check-ins in your crawl space. Routine crawl space maintenance ensures you maintain a clean and secure crawl space which can save you money in the long run.
Beyond the damage that water, mold, and rodents can cause – an improperly insulated crawl space can cost you money by impacting your energy efficiency. If you are interested in learning about what potential crawl space repair costs may be for your home, reach out to Crawl Pros for your crawl space repair solutions.
Although your crawl space is typically non-usable, your crawl space is one of the most important areas of your home when it comes to your home’s air quality. Over 40% of the air you breathe comes from your crawl space so it is very important to ensure your crawl space is clean and dry to protect the occupant’s health.
When not tended to, your crawl space can be impacted by seasonal rain and groundwater, rodents and germ infestation, mold, and under insulation.
Over the years, Crawl Pros has completed thousands of repair jobs to help homeowners solve their major crawl space issues. Here are a few crawl space repair cost-saving tips to help solve problems you may have in your crawl space.
The Top 3 Crawls Space Repair Cost-Saving Tips
1 – Make Sure You Have the Proper Insulation
A properly insulated crawl space can help reduce energy costs and will help keep your home comfortable year-round. Proper crawl space insulation installation is one of the most effective crawl space repair cost-saving tools. If you notice your furnace is constantly running and your feet are cold when they touch the floors then you more than likely do not have enough insulation in your crawl space. You can check your home’s crawl space insulation levels by looking at whether your insulation is dangling, uneven, or damp.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy currently recommends insulation with an R-value of at least R-19 to R-21 in floors. An R-19 to R-21 insulation value provides around 2-6″ of insulation thickness and is typically applied in blanket form in fiberglass rolls or batts. Fiberglass insulation batts are inserted in the cavities in floor joists and held tight with twine.
Crawl Pros uses clean, environmentally safe insulation. You may even qualify for a rebate. Make sure you check out this page that lists our no-interest financing programs through PayPal, and special rebates and vouchers. These rebates can lead to major crawl space repair cost savings.
Wondering if you can install insulation yourself? Learn more about whether DIY crawl space insulation installation is worth it.
2 – Water in Your Crawl Space Can Lead to a Host of Problems
Water in your home’s crawl space can cause major issues from mold to weakened wooden beams, joists, and structural members. This is one of the top areas where the crawl space repair cost can increase.
In some cases, water can gather in a crawl space for months or years and not cause an issue. In the long term, water damage poses both structural damage and health-threatening mold to grow in your crawl space. Furthermore, if you are looking to sell your home – you will not be able to successfully sell with these problems persisting.
The best way to deal with water in the crawl space is to control how it may enter the home by setting up a perimeter outside the crawl space and capturing any water that tries to enter the perimeter. In some cases, however, this is not possible due to the home’s location or grade. In these situations, it may be time to consider crawl space water removal and remediation services which may include utilizing a sump pump with an interior perimeter drainage pipe, crawl space vapor barrier installation, or perhaps full crawl space encapsulation.
Learn more about the difference between crawl space encapsulation vs. vapor barrier here.
Crawl Pros are experts at sump pump installation. Our sump pumps are designed to reduce or eliminate water damage by diverting water away from your house’s crawl space when water levels rise during a storm. We use high-quality Liberty pumps correctly sized to fit your crawl space and do the job year after year.
3 – Mold is Another Major Concern in Crawl Spaces
Although standing water can be a major culprit, high humidity levels can also cause mold growth. And, since your home’s air travels from bottom to top, any moisture formed in the crawl space will be carried upwards to your living spaces via stack effect.
To head off these concerns it is recommended to call the Crawl Pros experts to complete a free examination of your crawl space. We offer economical solutions to any problems you may have and make your living environment safe and carefree from potential contaminants.
The Crawl Pros’ crawl space mold removal and remediation process is safe and environmentally sound. We isolate the contaminated area to protect your home. We then use a soda blasting technique to “sandblast” the moldy areas with high-pressure air and baking soda. We use baking soda because it is safe, non-toxic, and a great alternative to the harsh chemicals some companies use to remove mold.
With Crawl Pros you can be assured we will remove the dangerous mold and make your home good as new.
The Crawl Pros Crawl Space Repair Cost Guarantee
Since 2013, Crawl Pros has grown into one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most reliable crawl space contractors. We service the Greater Seattle Area as well as the Greater Portland Area. Our crews are knowledgeable about the types of houses and crawl spaces built all across Everett, Marysville, Puyallup, Tacoma, and the Portland area.
We have received the Angie’s List Super Service Award multiple years in a row and have an A rating with the Better Business Bureau. We back our work with a complete satisfaction guarantee.
We work our hardest to minimize your overall crawl space repair cost. We ensure the work is done right the first time. The Crawl Pros team is fully trained on the latest technology ensuring your job is completed correctly and on time.
We’ve built a culture at Crawl Pros to treat each job as if it were in our own homes; making sure it is done right the first time.