Stop Moisture Issues Before They Start
Although there are only three primary sources of moisture in a crawl space (humidity, damp ground, flooding/groundwater), they can cause significant issues for homeowners.
In fact, two of the most common results of untreated crawl space moisture are mold growth and foundation damage. Over time, these can result in significant damage to your property or even health issues for those who are exposed to large quantities of mold.
In severe cases, unchecked moisture can lead to warped wood framing, which threatens the structural integrity of your house. You may experience cracks on drywall surfaces, sinking floors, and even complete cave-ins.
We strive to strategically eliminate any presence of unwanted moisture so that complications don’t arise in the future. With over 250 years of experience between our 35 team members, we’re able to repair any moisture-related damage to your crawl space and ensure that crawl space moisture issues become a thing of the past.
Controlling Crawl Space Moisture
In order to properly regulate crawl space moisture, you’ll need to eliminate the source. Otherwise, you run the risk of experiencing structural damage to your home, which can lead to costly repairs. So, it’s important to seek professional help as soon as possible if you notice water/moisture in your crawl space.
The primary sources of moisture include flooding/groundwater, damp ground, and humidity, and they all need to be accounted for in order to properly treat and protect your crawl space.
The good news is that once your crawl space is properly treated for water and moisture, you won’t have to deal with these problems again in the future.
The source that will need the most immediate attention is flooding, as the moisture of your crawl space can’t be controlled while there is water present in the area. In fact, flooded crawl spaces that are already properly sealed will prevent any water from leaking out.
Our drainage systems, including French drains and sump pumps, are specifically designed to remove large quantities of water so that your crawl space’s moisture can be effectively regulated. If you’ve experienced crawl space flooding, you’ll need to remove the water before these systems can be installed.
Damp ground can release vapor into the air of the crawl space, which will result in a wet environment over time. After a long enough period, wood may begin to rot even without the presence of standing water.
Since you won’t be able to remove moisture from the soil surrounding your home, encapsulations and vapor barriers will be the most effective method. These will allow you to fully seal the area so that moisture doesn’t affect your crawl space.
As humidity rises, it can contribute to the presence of moisture in your crawlspace. This factor can also seem difficult to accommodate, but it’s easily managed by installing a dehumidifier that will allow you to properly regulate your crawlspace’s condition.
These solutions combined will allow you to have full control over the level of moisture in your crawlspace, allowing you to prevent damage from occurring to your home.
Methods For Controlling Crawl Space Moisture
The condition of your crawl space will dictate what type of treatment it needs in order to get the environment back to normal. Over the years, we’ve optimized our methods for controlling crawl space moisture and broken them down into four categories.
No matter your issue, one (or more) of the following treatment options will be appropriate for your situation.
French Drains/Sump Pumps
With the installation of French drains and sump pumps, you’ll be able to automatically regulate the level of water in your crawl space. As water enters the area, French drains and sump pumps will work on their own to drain any excess fluid and prevent flooding.
Since water won’t be able to accumulate in your crawl space, you’ll greatly reduce the chances of any damage to your foundation occurring. They’re also essential for prepping your crawl space for further treatment options.
When damp ground is openly exposed for an extended period of time, the vapors it produces can lead to a handful of negative consequences. Polyethylene sheeting is used to cover and seal problem areas in order to prevent the accumulation of moisture.
Our vapor barrier options range from 6-millimeter to 20-millimeter polyethylene sheeting. We recommend thicker options for maximum efficiency. However, our thinner options are still suitable options for basic treatment.
Regardless of the chosen thickness, 100% ground coverage and proper sealing are implemented to eliminate the vapors that damp ground gives off.
Without a dehumidifier, you run the risk of outside humidity causing moisture to accumulate within your crawl space. Installing one will help ensure that the air is as dry as possible.
It’s important to note that a dehumidifier will only function optimally if the crawl space is cleaned, cleared of any obstacles, and properly sealed. Otherwise, you may not be able to completely eliminate all moisture issues with a dehumidifier.
By sealing your crawl space, you’ll be able to have full control of the moisture in the environment. A dehumidifier is a necessary treatment along with this process in order to maintain a consistent level of conditions throughout the year.
If there is any flooding in your crawl space, it will need to be completely drained before encapsulation can occur.
How It Works
Step 1: Schedule a Free Assessment
By filling out our online request form or contacting our team by phone, you can schedule a free assessment of your property. This will allow us to determine how severe your crawl space issues are and recommend the best solution.
Step 2: Go Over your Inspection
After one of our professionals visits your property and documents the situation, you can discuss your options with them. Depending on the scenario, you may have a handful to choose from, but our team will help you choose the one that’s best for you.
We also offer financing options (specifically our loan program) and we don’t require a deposit to begin working! Schedule a date to make the necessary repairs.
Step 3: We’ll Solve The Problem
Our team members have nearly 100 years of combined experience in the industry, meaning they’ve dealt with the vast majority of crawl space issues. This means, fast, efficient, and reliable service on our end, and great results on yours.
Step 4: We’ll Leave Your Property In Great Shape
After our crew completes the project, your crawl space will be free of moisture. You’ll also find that our team restored your property to its prime condition after the removal of our equipment and project materials.
If there were any areas outside our expertise that need attention, our team will let you know so you can prevent further issues from developing.
We will leave your property looking as new as possible.
Step 5: Final Inspection
After the completion of your project, our Senior Project Manager will personally inspect your property to ensure that the work meets our quality control standards, giving you the assurance that the job was completed appropriately and will provide the intended results.
Why Choose Our Services?
BAY Crawlspace and Foundation Repair is ranked within the top 5% of crawl space and foundation repair companies in the United States. We’ve also been given an ‘A’ rating on Angie’s list for our remarkable performance and customer service.
Our clients also have plenty to say about it.
“An excellent experience. All crews and office personnel were very courteous, professional and hard-working. Everything was explained as the work progressed. Clean-up was also well done. We were very pleased with the entire experience. Would recommend your company to anyone needing crawlspace or foundation repair.” – Juanita Brown
“Our crawl space was completed a couple weeks ago and it’s not hard to see why Bay Crawlspace is the best in the area. Very professional from start to finish. Fred did the estimate and presented all the options and answering all questions. The crew, Stefan, Troy, and Misa did a great job. The before and after pictures are night and day. It’s so clean now! Definitely would recommend!” – Amy Mench
How Much Does Crawl Space Moisture Control Cost?
The total of your estimate will depend on a variety of factors, including how much water is present in the crawl space, any foundation damage, and the preventive measures you wish to take. When installing encapsulation, the total square footage of your crawl space also comes into play.
We offer remarkable service at a fair price. Feel free to get in touch with us today to schedule a free assessment by one of our professionals.
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