Every year, many need to have a crawl space cleaning done. For example, you may be experiencing allergies as a result of mold. You may also notice a moldy smell. If so, you need to seek help from professionals who know how to address these problems.
If your home does not have a basement, most likely you have a crawl space. What exactly is that? Put simply, it is the small space underneath your home, below the floor. It is usually so small that you can only enter by crawling, hence the name. Their purpose is to keep air circulating and create easy access to plumbing, electrical and other maintenance needs.
How Is A Crawl Space Cleaning Performed?
First, it is important to note that a crawl space may need cleaned for a variety of reasons. For example, pests or old insect colonies may need to be removed. Equally important, is sealing possible air leaks or removing any standing water. Then again, insulation may need to be replaced. In the end, a barrier is usually installed to prevent future problems. Remember, it is a good idea to have your it examined by a professional. Having a trained person cleaning your crawl space will ensure that all issues will be taken care of properly and in a timely manner.
- Improved air quality
- Hinders and kills pests and insects.
- Prevents mold issues and structural damage.
- Improved energy efficiency in your home.
Crawl Space Cleaning and Insulation Removal
Why would insulation need to be removed? Many reasons involved can cause for the need to remove insulation. For example, a mold problem could have infested the insulation, water damage, fire damage, and many other reasons. Whatever the case, we will remove and re-install your crawl space insulation. Most importantly, you won’t have to worry about a thing!
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All in all, if you are looking for a reliable cleaning company, call Complete Detail Cleaning & Restoration. Contact us today for questions or concerns! We are available 24/7 at (937) 507-2027. We look forward to your comments and concerns.
Commonly Asked Crawlspace Questions:
What Type of Crawlspace Cleaning Do I Need?
There are many different reasons why someone would need to have a crawlspace cleaning. What are 3 of the main reasons or types of cleanings people would be interested in? Let’s take a look together:
1. Basic Cleaning
Some suffer from animal infestations, standing water, mold, torn vapor barriers, and old insulation. These issues would all be removed in a basic cleaning. Everything in your crawlspace would be cleaned and cleared out.
2. Insulation Repair
In order to restore energy efficiency, old or moldy insulation needs to be removed and replaced. You can ask a local professional which type of insulation best fits your needs and budget. However, most will recommend spray foam insulation as the best. Not only is it powerful as an insulator, but it doesn’t absorb water and act as an environment for mold growth. By simply replacing insulation, many have found the reduction in price on energy bills.
3. Other Services
In addition to crawl space cleanings and insulation repairing, similar services like air sealing or barrier installation are available to help keep a crawlspace clean for the long term. Although these tend to add up, they provide protection for years to come. The total cost of your project will depend on the size of your crawlspace and the services you plan to have done. Many have found the best way to budget is to have a crawl space inspection done. After that, you will get a specific list of your conditions and needs for repair or cleaning. You will also have a better idea of how much it will cost, and therefore be able to save up for the job needed.
Should I Be Worried About Water in a Crawlspace?
In short, yes. Water in a crawl space is never a good sign. Typically, water gets into a crawl space because of a plumbing leak, water seepage from surrounding soil after a heavy rain, or condensation. The water alone won’t cause damage to your home, but the evaporation and moisture is what leads to rotting, mold, and pests. Therefore, if you notice water in your crawlspace, it is time to act before things get worse. Lets discuss some negative consequences of water in a crawlspace.
Why is Water in a Crawlspace Not a Good Thing?
Higher Energy Bills– When a crawl space is full of damp, cold air, it is going to be harder to heat your home. The result will be higher energy bills.
Mold– Since most crawlspaces have a lot of moisture, mold thrives there. Mold anywhere in a home is not a good situation. Even though many have vents in a crawlspace, they can be an invitation for insects and other pests. In view of long-term effects of mold on a home, your property value will drop if mold is found on the premise.
Dust Mites & Pests- Most don’t equate water and dust mites. However, dust mites thrive in humid environments. These pests are microscopic but have a big impact. For example, dust mite droppings and be in the air and trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. Dust mites thrive in humid environments, so they love homes with a dirt crawl space underneath. Dust mites are microscopic parasites that live in your bedding, carpet, and furniture. Other pests that can infest a crawlspace include; termites, spiders, mice, rats, and snakes.
How To Tell When Humidity in a Crawl Space is at a Dangerous Level?
So, we know all the bad that can come from having too high humidity levels in your crawl space. However, how can you tell if the levels are too high? There is a tool called the hygrometer (yes, it’s a real thing) that measures indoor humidity. This is a great way to monitor the amount of moisture present. When using this tool, a professional will look to see if the humidity level is below 70%. However, as soon as it approaches 70%, it’s time to break out the dehumidifier. Keep in mind that properly insulating your crawl space and installing vapor barriers will help regulate the temperature and keep moisture levels down, resulting in fewer fluctuations in the air’s relative humidity. This will prevent mold, mildew, and rot in both the short-term and in the long run.
How Much Does Crawlspace Cleaning Cost?
Cost depends on what problem you are trying to deal with. However, total expenses can range between $1,500 and $15,000. If you are getting a simple cleaning done, it can be anywhere from $500 to $4,000 depending on size of the area being cleaned. Additionally, accessibility and most importantly what’s being removed are factors in price.
How To Save Money
When deciding who to hire for your crawlspace cleaning, make sure they are professionals and are qualified. If not, you could end up paying for a short term solution. Then, you would need to still pay to have it done the right way. Avoid paying for things you don’t need. Opt for a reputable company that will help you make long term benefits to your home. Hire the best, call Complete Detail to get more information on your next crawl space project.
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