What’s going on under your house? If you’ve got a basement, there could be a variety of things to deal with. If your house was built on a slab, that’s another issue. While crawl spaces are not as common in the area, some homes do have them.
So, what exactly is a crawl space? No, it’s not an entrance to another world, but depending on the condition of this area, it may well look like it. As its name suggests, a crawl space is only big enough to crawl through, typically 1-3 feet. This hollow area elevates the structure off the ground, and it can be quite convenient for housing HVAC units, plumbing, ductwork, and electrical wiring.
Normally these areas are empty, but you never know what creepy conditions you’ll find there – mold, pest infestation, wet insulation, and much more. Other than these unpleasant nuisances, one of the biggest problems with crawl spaces is homeowners largely ignore them. “It’s out of sight and out of mind, so it can’t hurt me,” you might say. But that’s a dangerous outlook to have. All those nasty things can have a significant impact on your home, and it could be making your loved ones sick.
Your home is a system, and every part of that system plays a role that affects the rest of the structure. If your crawl space begins to rot, grow mold, or experience structural problems, this will extend to every part of your home.
If you’re having a problem with your crawl space, you’ve come to the right place. At Innovative Basement Authority, we specialize in crawl space problems of all types. Whatever your issue, we have the products and experience that you need to find the best solution. We are proud to serve homeowners in Minnesota, North Dakota and Eastern Montana, including areas like Fargo.
Read on to learn more about crawl space issues, how they affect your home, and how we can help you address them.
Do you notice any of the following signs and symptoms in your home? If so, you’ve got a problem crawl space on your hands.
Moisture, mold and falling, failing insulation are problems in this crawl space, which hasn’t been properly sealed.
The encapsulation treatment totally separates and protects the crawl space interior from outdoor conditions, keeping the space clean and dry.
While various factors can impact your crawl space and home, the biggest culprit has to do with the way your home was constructed. The practice of building homes with crawl spaces typically has called for having open vents to be code compliant. The idea was to allow better airflow under the house and air drying. However, experience shows this is an outdated practice that is more harmful to homes than it is useful. Open crawl space vents let outside air, water, and pests inside to cause a host of other problems that affect not only the crawl space but the rest of the house. This is because of the stack effect.
The stack effect refers to the airflow pattern in a house from bottom to top, like a chimney. Air enters at the bottom, rises through the structure, and is expelled through the top. It all has to do with air pressure. Air 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)
To get a better understanding of the stack effect, it might be beneficial to see it in action. While you can’t see airflow, there is a great demonstration of the stack effect in a YouTube video from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center titled “Your Nothern Home: Stack Effect.”
More than half the air you are breathing inside your house comes from the crawl space. So, whatever is in your crawl space – such as mold and high humidity – also is in the air circulating throughout the rest of the house and affecting your living environment.
Here are a few major issues that result from open crawl space vents and the stack effect:
There are so many ways you, your family, and your home will benefit from conquering your crawl space problems. Crawl space repair will help you avoid unnecessary repairs, create a healthier living space, and save money on your utility bills. And once you’ve encapsulated your crawl space with a vapor barrier, you’ve gained valuable storage space in your home.
Here’s a look at some of the major advantages of crawl space repair:
Now that you’ve learned more about crawl space problems and why it’s important to address them, are you ready to take back your home with needed repairs?
Before preparing your plan of attack, you first need to think about who will be doing these repairs. You have a wealth of resources at your fingertips, and you’re probably thinking about how you can save some money by fixing it yourself.
However, crawl space repair is serious work and not something you can tackle in a weekend, no matter how handy you are. A lot can happen during the DIY process, and we have seen many problems that can result from fast fixes. Especially concerning real estate transactions, quick fixes can raise red flags. You’ll then have to spend more time and money to have those issues repaired. It’s best to leave these projects to professional contractors so the problems will be fixed correctly the first time around.
It can be intimidating having to hire a contractor, and you’ve probably heard from others about their less than stellar experiences with shady contractors and shoddy work. But don’t let these troublesome tales completely turn you off to contractors.
Do your research and learn as much as you can about a company. Read reviews, ask for references, and make sure to inquire about contractor essentials like licenses, certifications, insurance, written estimates and contracts, and other important documents.
It’s important for you to feel comfortable with who you bring in your home. Sure, there might be a few bad apples out there, but there also are a lot of companies who truly care about you and your home. Innovative Basement Authority is one of them.
Some people have come to think that late start times, messes, and unfinished projects are the norm when it comes to dealing with contractors. But these are unacceptable circumstances you should never have to deal with. Let us prove to you that we are not like other companies. From your initial contact with us to the inspection, and all the way through the completion of the repair work, we will be right there with you every step of the way.
It all starts when you reach out to us. We will schedule a time for you to meet with one of our certified field inspectors for a free inspection and estimate. During this professional consultation, the inspector will do a complete assessment of your crawl space. He will discuss his findings with you, your goals with a repair project, your budget, and payment and financing options. The inspector will then put together an estimate that includes a plan for repair with solutions tailored to your specific crawl space needs. Take your time to review this estimate and follow-up with your inspector if you have any questions or concerns.
When you’re ready to proceed with the recommended work and sign a contract with your inspector, we’ll schedule that work with one of our expert crews. The crew will take great care in installing top-quality products to fix and protect your home. The job is not complete until you are totally satisfied with the work, so don’t hesitate to speak up if something happens or is not living up to expectations. We also want to make sure our work and the solutions we install continue to work in protecting your home as they should, which is why we offer service and maintenance opportunities.
We care about your home and your safety, which is why we only use the very best solutions to protect your dwelling and your family. The products we use are manufactured here in the United States, they carry longtime warranties, and they are tested and proven to effectively work in keeping your crawl space clean, dry, safe, and healthy. All these solutions also are designed to work together, as well as with our other waterproofing and foundation repair systems, 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:
We’ve saved the best for last, so to speak. The cost of repair is one of the top concerns and most asked questions we hear from homeowners. And that’s natural. You want to make sure you’re protecting your home with the best solutions that also are cost-effective.
To give you a general idea, crawl space repairs can range from $5,000 on the low end to $15,000 or more. These are rough estimates, and the cost greatly depends on a variety of factors. There’s a lot to consider with crawl space repair including square footage, materials that will need to be used, the quality of those materials, the extent of any damage, labor, etc. All of these vary from company to company, so make sure you have a thorough conversation with your contractor about pricing specifics and payment options.
If you are wondering about repairs being covered by home insurance, check with your insurance provider, as all policies are different.
Also, no two crawl space problems are the same. There is no “one size fits all” fix that applies to every single crawl space. We use customized solutions because every home is different and requires its own unique set of repairs. That’s why an inspector needs to visit your home and see what is going on. That way, he’ll have a better idea of how to help and what specific solutions to recommend.
That being said, when you decide to fix your crawl space, you are investing in your home. Can you put a price on the health and safety of your family?
Your home is a significant investment, and you need to protect it with necessary upkeep and repairs. If you’ve got a problem crawl space on your hands, the experts at Innovative Basement Authority can help you transform your living environment into a safer and healthier place for your family. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you! We look forward to working with you!
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