Expert Guidance on the Cost of Crawl Space Repair
Crawl spaces are an integral part of the home and neglecting their maintenance and upkeep could lead to future problems that could risk your family’s well-being and your investment in your home.
Nobody likes moist crawlspaces which serve as a breeding ground for pests, rodents, mold, and fungus which can endanger the safety and comfort of your home. Therefore, it is necessary that you closely observe and monitor the signs that indicate an unhealthy crawlspace and take action to fix them.
Here, we’ll discuss the signs that your crawl space needs repairs and provide guidance on the costs of crawl space repair.
Signs that Your Crawlspace Needs Repair
Signs suggesting issues with a crawlspace can manifest around the house in different ways. The issues impacting your home directly impact the cost of your crawl space repair.
Some of the key indicators of crawlspace problems are:
- Mold, mildew or any other form of fungal growth
- Musty odor around the house
- Sticky doors and windows
- Sloping floors
- Drywall cracks
- High humidity inside the house
- Cold floors
- Rotting floor joists and beams
Even if you do not come across any of these signs, it is always a good idea to frequently inspect crawlspaces for indications of any potential problems. When inspecting the crawlspace, keep an eye out for the following signs:
- Puddles and water throughout the crawl space
- Rodent, insects or pest infestation
- Falling insulation
- Sweating or condensation around ductwork or air conditioning system
- Rotting wooden framing
- Dirt, dust, and trash
These problems could amplify into more serious issues that can lead to the development of foundation problems, lower the quality of air, and result in the depreciation of the property value. Investing in crawlspace repairs is the only way to rid yourself of the worry of dealing with all the problems.
Cost of Crawl Space Repairs Simplified
Now that you have become well-versed with the signs that lead to a necessary crawl space repair project, you might be thinking of investing in the repairs.
But how much does it cost? Is it expensive? What are the processes that you would require to fix these problems? With the help of our expert team of professionals, we have prepared a guide to help you understand what impacts the cost of crawl space repair.
We have broken down the main factors that influence the overall repair costs:
The size of the work space is the biggest determining factor for most crawl space repair projects. The higher the square footage is, the more the repairs will cost. This is because the square footage directly influences how much time and materials will be required to perform most repairs.
Difficulty of Crawl Space
Not all crawl spaces are equally easy to work in. If there is only 16” clearance from the ground to the floor joists, it can be quite difficult to move quickly. Since this slowed work pace directly impacts the labor cost, you can expect to pay more for a difficult crawl space than an easy one.
Scope of Work
Every home is different as well as every homeowners’ preferences. Some crawl space repairs require extensive work to eliminate problems, while some are quick and easy.
Example #1 – a 1,000 square foot crawl space with minimal moisture issues and a poor vapor barrier might only require a 6-mil vapor barrier. This simple repair could cost as low as $1200.
Example #2 – a 1,200 square foot crawl space, normal conditions, with high wood moisture content and some mold growth might justify a mold and fungal treatment as well as full 20-Mil Dry Space Encapsulation. This extensive project could cost around $7,500 including the crawl space cleaning, the dehumidifier, sealed foundation vents, wall insulation, electrical connections, and everything else involved.
Example #3 – a 1,800 square foot crawl space with 170 rotten floor joists, 29 sections of beam, regular flooding, and extensive fungal growth could cost upwards of $20,000 for the structural repairs, water management solution, mold treatment, and crawl space moisture control.
Assessing the Cost of Your Crawl Space Repair
As you can now see, the cost of crawl space repair varies depending on the size of the crawl space, the difficulty of the work conditions, and the actual scope of work.
We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. For a precise cost of crawl space repair for your home, contact us today and we will send in one of our experts to inspect your property. Our expert inspection is free and we will only recommend options that address the problems that are important to you.