To be sure, our crawl space cleaning company offers a range of services that ensure your crawl space gets back to normal as quickly as possible. We offer moisture protection and restoration services to give you peace of mind. There are many options out there, read on to figure out what they are and which option best suits your needs. Read about how satisfied our customers are here!
How To Prevent Crawl Space Moisture
First of all, a crawl space should never be wet. However, if you find yourself with a wet crawl space, what should you do? The best thing to do is call a professional. They will be able to determine which drainage system best suits your needs. The main drainage systems include: surface, subsurface, slope, downspout and gutter systems. Finding the right system will keep your crawl space free from moisture. Complete Detail has the professionals who can help you decide!
Benefits of Crawl Space Moisture Protection
- Reduces Humidity
- Helps eliminate mold growth
- Increases the value of your home
Why Calling Complete Detail Is So Important
If left alone, a wet crawl space can turn into a big problem. First, it is the perfect environment for mold to grow in. Mold, in turn, can lead to a whole other set of health problems. In addition, termites thrive in wet crawl spaces. Again, they bring along a whole other set of expensive problems. Therefore, in order to prevent extensive damage to your home, call Complete Detail to help!
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.
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. Let’s 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.
What is Encapsulation?
Crawl space encapsulation is a term used to describe a crawl space that is protected from moisture. This is done by using a vapor barrier on the floor and walls. In other words, encapsulation refers to sealing up your crawl space by keeping the moisture sealed outside. There are many benefits from encapsulating your crawl space. Let us discuss a few of them.
First, when a crawl space is vented, it has a negative impact on the quality of the indoor air. After encapsulation, air quality goes up and you can breathe easy. Moisture from a crawl space can lead to wood rot and causes hardwood floors to buckle. By getting a crawlspace encapsulated, you can save on costly floor repairs. Another added benefit is added comfort to your home. Floors won’t be freezing cold in winter and your home won’t be muggy in summer. This in turn, will also lead to lower energy bills. People who have encapsulated crawl spaces can reduce their energy bills up to 20%. Additionally, those with an air handler and ducts in a vented crawl space, heating and cooling equipment won’t last as long.
Did you know that those with an encapsulated crawl spaces can qualify for rebates and tax incentives? It’s true! Some state and local governments offer incentives as well. If you ever sell your home, an encapsulated crawlspace will be an attractive selling feature. Potential buyers will love this selling point! If you are considering encapsulation, why not call Complete Detail to get started? We can help you walk through the process and answer any questions you may have along the way.
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Should You Have a Dehumidifier in an Encapsulated Crawl Space?
Yes! There are many reasons why this is a good idea. For one, dehumidifiers respond to conditions in the crawlspace. Therefore, when humidity rises, the dehumidifier will detect that and turn on. This means you don’t have to worry about a wet crawlspace, if your dehumidifier is working correctly of course. Another added benefit is you won’t run the risk of crawl space air coming in your home. All that happens is the moisture is simply removed from the air, it’s not recycled. There’s no risk of airflow imbalance. It’s nice because you don’t have to change anything about your HVAC system. The only downside is the cost. You will have to buy the dehumidifier and have your encapsulation contractor install it. But if you’re already paying to encapsulate your crawlspace, why not take the extra step to ensure it is done right. Remember, crawlspace dehumidifiers you will want are far different from the little dehumidifiers you buy at the store. Dedicated crawlspace dehumidifiers are high quality machines that last a long time. You won’t have to worry about them breaking down after just a couple of years.
Water Remediation in Crawl Space Cost
Repairing and cleaning water damage costs $1,200 to $4,500 with extreme flooding exceeding $9,000. The exact cost will depend on your specific situation, the amount of standing water and the extent of damage to your property. If you have specific questions about your situation, call us at (937) 507-2927.
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Our crawl space moisture protection technicians are ready with all our high tech equipment. Rest assured we come ready to act fast! Please don’t hesitate to call at (937) 507-2927 or visit our Contact Us page. We are experts who help people like you all the time.