Increased moisture in the crawl space can cause mold growth and falling insulation. The CrawlSeal system prevents these issues.
Other than the ground, obviously, do you know what is beneath your house? Many homes throughout western Colorado are built on slab foundations, so there will be nothing else under them. But it’s also a common building practice for a house to have a crawl space.
So, what is a crawl space? No, it’s not that quaint cubby hole closet perfect for playing hide and seek, and it’s not an entrance to another world like Narnia. As the name suggests, a crawl space is an area under the house with only enough room to crawl through, usually 1-3′. It’s typically a hollow space with a dirt floor, and it can be handy for housing HVAC units, plumbing, ductwork, and electrical wiring.
Other than those items, it’ empty, right? Maybe not. There could be more going on in your crawl space than you know. From mold and wet insulation to pests and other creepy things, your crawl space could be hurting your home and your family.
A big problem with crawl spaces, other than the aforementioned issues, is that most people never go into this area of their home, so they have no idea what’s going on down there. You might think of this as “out of sight, out of mind,” but that’s a dangerous outlook to have. You might not be able to see the nasty things in your crawl space all the time, but how would you feel knowing those conditions actually are impacting the rest of your living environment?
Don’t panic. Help is available. And you’ve come to the right place. The expert team at Foundation Repair of Western Colorado is eager to help you create a safer and healthier home! We are proud to serve homeowners in Grand Junction, Montrose, Delta, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, and nearby in western Colorado.
On this page, we’ll explore common crawl space problems and concerns, as well as how to fix them for good.
If you notice any of the following signs and symptoms in and around your home, you’ve got a problem crawl space on your hands.
Excess moisture in the crawl space can contribute to:
Your crawl space and home could be experiencing these problems for a number of reasons. But the biggest culprit has to do with the way your home was built. For many years, building code has called for crawl spaces to have open vents. The idea was to allow airflow and air drying under the house. But it’s coming to light that this actually does more harm than good in crawl spaces.
Open vents allow outside air, water, and unwanted pests into the crawl space and ultimately into your home to cause a host of additional problems. Nobody wants or needs that.
More than half of the air you breathe in your home comes from the crawl space. So, whatever is in your crawl space – like mold spores and other allergens – also is in the rest of your home and affecting you and your family. This is because of the stack effect.
The stack effect has to do with the airflow pattern in your home. Think of it like a chimney. Air enters at the bottom, rises throughout the structure, and exits at the top. Air also flows from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure. When there is a greater difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the more significant this airflow becomes. (Source: Fine Homebuilding)
You can’t see airflow, but it could be helpful for you to see the stack effect in action to get a better understanding of it. The Cold Climate Housing Research Center has several informational YouTube videos, including “Your Nothern Home: Stack Effect” that illustrates the stack effect.
Here’s a look at other issues resulting from open vents and the stack effect:
Even after reading about some crawl space culprits, you might be wondering what’s in it for you with repair projects. There are so many ways you, your family, and your home will benefit from conquering crawl space problems once and for all.
Here are just a few major perks:
Now that you’ve learned about what could be lurking under your house and why you must get rid of it, we hope you feel motivated to take back your home with needed repairs!
Before strategizing, first think about who is going to be completing these repairs. True, you have a wealth of resources at your fingertips like materials at home improvement stores and how-to videos online. But that’s not necessarily going to cut it, no matter how handy you may be. Crawl space repair is serious work, and a lot can happen if you don’t have the right tools and experience for the job. It’s best to have your crawl space problems fixed the right way the first time with a trusted repair company.
You’ve probably heard scary stories about others’ less than stellar experiences with contractors who made matters worse or didn’t even finish the job. There may be a few bad apples out there, but don’t let that or troubling tales turn you off to contractor assistance completely. There are reliable companies out there who do care about you and have your best interests at heart.
It can be daunting to hire a contractor, but the best thing you can do is your homework. Research repair companies that can help you, and make sure you learn as much as you can about a company. Check out reviews and third-party resources like the Better Business Bureau and ask for references. Don’t forget to inquire about contractor essentials like licensing, insurance, certificates, warranties, written estimates and contracts, and other important documents. You’ll be bringing these people into your home, so you need to feel comfortable with them and confident in their abilities.
The cost of repair is, undoubtedly, a huge concern for homeowners. And that’s normal. Your home, how it is fixed and maintained, and your money is a big deal. You don’t want to just throw a quick bandage on the problem and hope that will do the trick. Fast fixes with sub-standard materials will end up backfiring, and you’ll have to spend more time and money to have things repaired the right way.
To give you a general idea, crawl space repair can range from $5,000 on the low end to $15,000 or more. This greatly depends on the size and condition of the crawl space. There is a lot to consider with crawl space repair. Different factors that can influence the price include square footage, material required to fix the problems and the quality of that material, extent of damage, labor, etc. All of these can greatly vary from company to company, so make sure you have a thorough discussion with your contractor about the pricing specifics and payment options.
And be sure to check in with your insurance provider with any concerns about repairs potentially being covered by home insurance, as all policies are different.
Also, no two crawl space problems are the same. There is no “one size fits all” fix that works for every crawl space. Every home is different and requires its own unique repairs. We know you’ll be able to find exactly what fits the bill with Foundation Repair of Western Colorado!
During your research, we encourage you to get repair quotes from at least three companies. And we would be honored to have the opportunity to assist you! Let us prove to you that we’re not like other repair companies. Along with providing the best solutions to your crawl space problems, we want to give you a memorable experience like one you’ve never had with another company. From the initial inspection through the completion of the job, we will be with you every step of the way.
It all starts when you contact us. We’ll work with you to schedule an appointment for you to meet with one of our certified inspectors for a free inspection and estimate. It’s important for the inspector to physically be in your home to see exactly what is going on in the crawl space.
He will complete a thorough assessment of the crawl space and other issues, and then discuss his findings with you as well as your goals with a repair project. Then, the inspector will be able to put together an estimate that includes a plan for repair with solutions customized to meet your specific repair needs. He also will consider your budget and go over financing options. Take your time to review this estimate and don’t hesitate to follow-up with your inspector with any questions or concerns.
Then, once you’ve signed a contract with your inspector and you are ready for work to begin, we’ll schedule that work with one of our expert crews. The crew will treat your home as their own, with complete care, as they install the best solutions to protect your home. The work is not done until you are completely satisfied, so don’t be afraid to speak up if something happens or is not living up to expectations. We put people first, so your happiness and safety matters to us. Also know that we offer service and maintenance opportunities to make sure the products we install continue to work as they’re supposed to in protecting your home.
Crawl space encapsulation will improve the home’s comfort and energy efficiency.
Because you are our No. 1 priority and we care about your safety, we only use quality products that are tested and proven to keep your crawl space dry, safe and healthy. The solutions we use are manufactured right here in the United States, and they carry longtime warranties. All these solutions also are designed to work together to give you the most bang for your buck and prevent any further problems.
Here are different ways we address crawl space issues and their repairs:
You don’t have to live with the stress of a nasty crawl space and its effects. Take steps to protect your home and your family today by contacting Foundation Repair of Western Colorado! We look forward to working with you!