Your crawl space poses one of the biggest risks to your basement waterproofing. Whether you rarely even see your crawl space or use it for all your storage needs, water concerns should be addressed sooner rather than later. If you know what to look for, you can spare yourself major basement repair and expense down the road. The professionals at StayDry have put together this checklist so you can prevent issues down the road.
- Ensure there is a vapor barrier, it is intact and fully functional.
- Check for any standing or leaking water. If you spot anything suspicious, locate the cause of the leak immediately. Correcting the issue can be a bit more difficult. Call 1-800-STAY-DRY for a free estimate.
- Evaluate the wood. Is it warped, rotted or discolored? If so, this could signify water leakage or moisture issues. Rotting wood has the tendency to attract termites and vermin, which then becomes exponentially more expensive. This should be addressed immediately.
- Remove any leftover construction materials and insulation from your crawl space. This type of material lends itself to accumulation of moisture and insects.
- Make sure your screens are intact and functional. Ventilation is vital in a functional crawl space; helping to dry any moisture issues before they become larger concerns.
- Check the foundation of your home, inside and out. You are looking for standing water, cracks or other foundational issues that could cause basement water issues. If you spot something concerning, call a professional to assess the need.
- Correct any earth-to-wood conditions. Wood, unless it has been treated, shouldn’t come in contact with soil. Soil collects moisture and will cause early rotting, bugs and eventual wood failure.
With the high water content in Michigan soil, crawl space waterproofing is recommended and often required before the sale of a home. Checking your crawl space often can help you avoid many expensive crawl space water issues. If you have any questions following your checklist, call our professionals at 1-800-STAY-DRY with any questions.
Your Options for Crawl Space Waterproofing
Our go-to crawl space repair option is our premium vapor barrier. We begin by assessing your specific needs, and then recommend the best course of action. Your options can range from a full encapsulation, installation of sump pumps, placement of a dehumidifier or changing the grade of the land on the perimeter of your home to allow for better drainage. Our professionals are trained and certified to give you all of your options. We love our jobs and want you to be safe and comfortable in your home. Along with your comfort, waterproofing your crawl space will increase the value of your home. Whether you’ve had an increase in bugs and spiders or you smell a musty, damp smell coming from your basement, we can help.
Advantages of crawl space encapsulation and repair are:
- Prevent moisture.
- Prevent mold & mildew growth. This can pose a specific threat to the health of your family. Those with respiratory issues tend to have additional or increased health concerns when exposed to these types of allergens.
- Pests and Bugs. Wet, damp and dark spaces are a breeding ground for pests like mice and rats. They also attract bugs like termites, spiders and carpenter ants. These pose a significant threat to the foundation of your home and weaken its structural integrity.
- Increased Home Value. One of the biggest attractions for most people is the increase in your home’s value when you encapsulate your crawl space. People purchasing homes in areas where moisture is an issue are looking for homes with this preventative measure.
- Peace of Mind. You can’t put a price on peace of mind and the health of your family. Encapsulation done by a reputable company will keep you from worrying whenever there is significant rainfall or Michigan has been hit by a particularly bad winter. And we all know prevention is much less expensive than repairing damage done from flooding. Not to mention personal property that is impossible to replace. There is something to be said for peace of mind.
StayDry Encapsulation Process
At StayDry, we don’t believe in cutting corners on any of our services. As the #1 basement waterproofing company in Michigan, we have earned the trust of thousands of homeowners. Knowing the encapsulation process can offer peace of mind and lessen anxiety associated with home repairs.
First, we install drainage mats over the entire surface of your crawl space. This helps to funnel any water that may make its way into that space away from the crawl space and your home. Next, our professionals will install waterproof paneling along the walls of your crawl space. These panels are mold resistant and easy to clean. Once installed, we can then install the vapor barrier which effectively prevents any water breeching. This is installed directly to paneling to ensure a complete seal. That’s it!
Our crawl space encapsulation is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee, if you aren’t fully satisfied, we’ll make it right. With a 98% customer satisfaction rating, we are sure you’ll be thrilled with our work.
StayDry: Premium Crawl Space Waterproofing Repair
Due to high precipitation and our proximity to the great lakes, water flooding and moisture issues are going to continue to be a big problem in the Michigan area. Being prepared for these water concerns is going to save you money and stress in the long run. Don’t go it alone. With StayDry, you don’t have anything to lose. We offer an obligation free consultation where our professionals will give you honest answers to all your questions. We’ve been helping the people of Michigan with all their waterproofing needs for over 100 years. Ask about our satisfaction guarantee and 0% financing options, you won’t be sorry. Call today at 1-800-STAY-DRY or fill out our online form to schedule your free estimate!
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