When you hear the term ‘crawl space repair’ you immediately think of the act of actually encapsulating the crawl space. You think of that white paper like material laid perfectly on the gravel. Material so clean it appears like it’s glowing before your eyes. For those of you DIY people, the process is a bit more labor intensive than meets the eye.
For starters, before anything else takes place, one of our crawl space professionals will check the current state of your space to see if we can encapsulate it as is. If upon inspection we find excess water, this will mean that we first need to remove the water and set up a drainage system as to solve all future water issues. Included with our drainage system packages is a sump pump that is the brain behind the entire process. Check our drainage systems page for a more in depth look at our different methods and products used during a drainage system installation.
Once the water portion of the inspection has been either ruled okay or fixed, we need to make sure that the entire crawl space including the floor is clear of clutter and debris. Although not listed under our services, this is a service we provide if needs be. This can include debris as simple as christmas decorations, and can be as challenging as piles of leftover concrete from when the footings were poured. There will be an additional charge for concrete and construction debris removal, due to the fact that it will be more labor intensive.
At this point other factors need to also be taken into consideration. An example would be if you plan to turn the basement (if you have one) into living space down the road. Another example would be if you have a major insect and pest issue in the home, and if you are currently receiving treatments or not.
The next step is selecting and installing the vapor barrier. This is where most homeowners who don’t know a lot about encapsulation, try and cut corners and costs. What they don’t realize is they are putting the entire project in jeopardy and costing themselves dearly in the long run.
The vapor barrier manufacturers we use can vary widely and we have found that it isn’t so much who makes the vapor barrier that determines the effectiveness, but rather the size of the actual vapor barrier itself. We can use something as thin as 10 mil and as thick as 90 mil for your encapsulation. It is self explanatory, the thicker the vapor barrier, the better insulated and effective the space will be.
Our professionals pay close attention to make sure they lap the vapor barrier just right, as to not let any moisture through the overlap. The encapsulation process is made up of all the other services we offer. For some homeowners, not every service is necessary, but most everyone could benefit from using one or more of these services besides the encapsulation itself.