When is the last time you thought about the crawl spaces in the basement, attic and other areas of your home? Crawl space cleanup is incredibly important. For several important reasons affecting your health and your finances, a crawl space should be given the same attention as other parts of your home. Duct leaks from ventilation systems or plumbing fixtures can lead to trapped water in crawl spaces, causing mold and structural damage, as well as damage to existing vapor barriers in these areas. When neglected, a crawl space that is not properly moisture controlled can cost you a lot of money. Your home will be susceptible to rot, molds and insect damage. In addition, a non-moisture controlled crawl space is energy inefficient, which translates into higher heating and air conditioning bills. If your air conditioning unit or heating system is located in the crawl space, it may be damaged due to high moisture content. In these instances, crawl space cleanup is incredibly important.
These negative consequences can be happening without our knowledge, as crawl spaces are rarely accessed or used, often not even thought about! Thus, unintentionally, we overlook our crawl spaces’ functionality, as well as the importance of their maintenance. For this reason, it is important to make sure that the crawl spaces have proper vapor barriers installed to prevent water from entering them and causing rot, mold, infestations, and wasted dollars.
All Dry Water Damage Experts have been providing inspection of crawl spaces and crawl space cleanup services for over 20 years and are experts in inspecting for and mitigating problems such as improper or damaged existing vapor barriers, wet or moldy insulation, rodent infestations, and the presence of water damage. After a thorough inspection has been made of the crawl space, an action plan and free estimate will be prepared for our customer’s review.
One of the first basic steps that our plans include is minimizing the moisture levels in your crawl space. The floor of the crawl space is cleaned thoroughly, which includes removing debris, sharp objects, and cardboard foundation material. The crawl space is then covered with a 10 mil layer of polyethylene vinyl (plastic) to reduce moisture transfer from the ground into the crawl space area.
Damage to the framing members and insulation should be remediated. A crawl space where mold is present and/or there are moisture/humidity issues will need the insulation to be replaced. Once the insulation is removed by All Dry Water Damage Expert’s certified technicians, the framing members (sub floor and wood joists) will need to be checked for moisture using a standardized moisture meter.
If the framing is still holding moisture, the crawl space will need to be professionally dried with a LGR dehumidifier or desiccant drying system, and negative air machines. Once dried to industry standards, All Dry Water Damage Experts will continue by establishing negative air pressure, hepa-sanding mold impacted framing members, and finally, encapsulating the mold impacted framing with a mold sealant to prevent further mold growth.
Signs that your crawl space needs an inspection include higher than normal heating and cooling bills, visible signs of rodent feces, and the presence of moisture, water damage or mold in any of your home’s crawl spaces.
All Dry Water Damage Experts is a local company that has been providing emergency restoration services to Denver and the surrounding area for over twenty years. We truly understand the frustration and inconvenience that comes along with a loss to your home or business and strive to return your property back to normal as quickly as possible. The reason we have earned our customer’s trust and excellent reviews is because we place a strong emphasis on doing what is right for our customers. We are strongly committed to being honest with our customers, to following ethical business practices, as well as following all of the standards set by our industry. Our staff are certified and highly trained in all areas of emergency restoration and serve as a valuable source of knowledge for our customers. We are available to our customers 24/7.
When the going gets tough, we handle every aspect of property emergency restoration and apply decades of unrivaled professional expertise to each and every emergency restoration project.
My experience with All-Dry was very good and I would recommend them highly. They were prompt, courteous and explained what to expect during each stage of the cleanup process very well
All of the team member were friendly, They did a great job on getting our house back together after the broken pipe. Clinton was especially great in finishing up the last “Do To items”
Thank you for making the repairs so painless. Your wonderful crew did a great job.