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Crawl Space

CRAWL SPACE SOLUTIONS – WHY SEAL SUCH AREAS?

Crawl spaces are shallow, unfinished spaces beneath the first floor or under the roof of a structure, which provide access to plumbing or wiring.  It is important to properly maintain such areas because doing so:

  • Prevents damage from mold, moisture, and termites
  • Prevents moisture and humidity from causing structural issues
  • Allows dark and dirty areas to be converted to clean and useable storage space and
  • Discourages the growth of allergens and indoor air pollutants in your home.

Weinstein Construction’s experts can help you keep moisture away from your home’s crawl spaces, safeguarding the value of your property and helping to make your home safe and healthy for all who live there. We are experts at crawl space insulation and moisture barrier solutions.

HUMIDITY + MOISTURE = STRUCTURAL DAMAGE

Moisture can damage homes in many ways.  For example, mold, wood rot, or dead pests, can cause cause foundation structural issues and pose tremendous health hazards!  At the very least, such damage can lead to sticky windows, buckling hardwood floors, bent or rotting wood framing, rusty fabricated metal parts, and higher energy bills.

But there are solutions that Weinstein Construction’s experts can use to solve such problems!  Our crawl space “encapsulation” (sealing) methods insulate the areas under your home from outside elements. We literally wrap such areas with a layer of ultra-durable polyethylene liner which seals and protects from moisture and assault by various critters.  In doing so, vents and port doors are also often covered up to offer full insulation.  

The costs to remove unhealthy mold from a home or repair structural damage from moisture can be exponentially higher than simply using an encapsulation method for protection.  Why live with mold in crawl spaces?  In this case, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

Weinstein Construction’s retrofitting experts can also take care of your home’s drainage problems, which can happen when water does not properly drain away from crawl spaces.  Ensuring proper drainage is very important because unwanted moisture can damage your home’s crawl space foundation by literally shifting (and potentially cracking) it through the forces of soil expansion and shrinkage.

We have been designing and installing permanent and effective crawl space systems since 1977 and can tailor our services to your home’s particular size and needs!  Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation where we can explain how crawl space encapsulation works to safeguard the investment you have made in your home!

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ARE THERE ADDITIONAL WAYS TO PREVENT CRAWL SPACE ISSUES?

Another frequent issue is faulty grading of areas under the home, as well as a lack of rain gutters.  When the soil is not graded properly, and when rain gutters are not present, moisture issues occur because rain water enters the crawl space.  Unfortunately, repeated wetting of building materials day-after-day creates a “perfect storm” for an environment that richly supports mold growth, termites, and structural harm due to wood rot.  All of this is damaging to life and property. 

Fortunately, Weinstein Construction’s experts can help mitigate damage to your home by adding crawl space vapor barriers that are paired with dehumidifiers or crawl space fans.  Various options are available, including: 

  • Proper grading around the home, which directs moisture away from the structure
  • Installing, repairing, or cleaning out gutters and downspouts
  • Adding downspout extensions and exit lines to direct water away from the home
  • Adding interior or exterior waterproofing and
  • Installing crawl house ventilation.

Vapor Barrier

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To eradicate damaging water vapor from your crawl space, Weinstein Construction’s experts can add a vapor barrier liner to this area.  This crawl space liner is made from ultra-durable polyethylene which resists punctures and tears.   Please note, this is not the cheap crawl space vapor barrier from Home Depot, or the crawl space vapor barrier at Lowes! This is a high-quality liner that is blended with anti-bacterial materials, which offers additional protection against mold and bacteria.  This attractive and affordable liner is durable enough to last for decades, keeping your crawl space dry and clean and safeguarding the important financial investment you have made in your home.

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    Drainage Matting

    A drainage matting solution is made from a dimpled polyethylene matt that creates raised spaces that prevent water from settling on, or seeping into your home’s concrete floor.  Such matting helps prevent water pockets from forming under your vapor barrier by guiding water to a nearby pump.  Drainage matting is an absolute must for concrete crawl spaces!

    Sump Pumps and Drains

    Adding pumping systems such as a crawl space sump pump and drains can complete a holistic encapsulation layout.  A sump pump will keep your home’s crawl space area dry from flooding, for example, from a plumbing leak. When the presence of water is detected, the sump pump automatically pumps the water out from the crawl space.  Secondary sump pumps can also be installed as a backup solution.

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    Vent Doors and Covers

    For a clean, dry, and energy-efficient crawl space, Weinstein Construction’s experts can add a crawl space ventilation fan or foundation vent doors and covers that can keep your home safe from harmful outside elements.  Maintaining good crawl space ventilation is very important, as it circulates fresh air through the crawl space and exhausts musty, moist, and harmful air.  For best results, you open your foundation vents in the summer to allow moisture out, and you shut your foundation vents in the winter to keep out the damp. You can even install a crawl space dehumidifier for even better results!

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    Crawl Space Access System

    Because moisture and humidity can easily make their way into your crawl space, an access system such as “The Turtl” can be an important solution to safeguard your home. The Turtl is composed of extra tough and durable vinyl which insulates the crawl space from extreme outdoor temperatures.  Made in various attractive colors, The Turtl’s modern crawl space door design can complement any home’s needs.  Give Weinstein Construction experts a call to discuss the benefits of this unique system!

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How can I tell if I have crawl space under my house?
    A crawl space is just what the name says.  It is typically an unfinished space in your home’s basement or under its roof that you cannot stand up in, but need to crawl through. Crawl spaces are used to access wiring or plumbing pipes and other fixtures in your home that are typically difficult to control.  It is very likely that you have no desire to go crawl into such a space!     If you are adventurous and go looking for, but cannot find, a crawl space below your house, you may not have one.  However, if you have a crawl space and never inspected it, or if you are unsure, we will gladly come to your home for a free, no-obligation inspection and give you a definitive answer.  Crawl spaces should always be inspected, or you risk damaging your home!
    Can I just seal my crawl space without the waterproofing options?
    Yes, of course.  Some of our customers choose to simply seal their crawl space without adding waterproofing.  Having said that, Weinstein Construction’s experts will always recommend waterproofing options, just to be on the safe side, in case you experience a pipe leak or other damaging water intrusion.
    Are there permits required for crawl space services?
    Actually, no!  In most cases, this is a simple and cost-effective job that does not require a permit.  Occasionally, an extensive job may require a permit, but when this happens, we can take care of the whole permitting process for you.
    Is it expensive to fix my crawl space?
    Crawl space services are very affordable, especially when you compare their cost to the damage that can happen to your home from water intrusion, damp, rot, termites or pest infestation.   When crawl space problems get bad, the cost of repairing them can be very pricey. In a worst-case scenario, the damage can be so bad that it is not even repairable (for example, when deadly bacteria and mold spores overtake a home).  The price of having your crawl space protected is an investment that you make in your future. You know what they say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”
    Does my Crawl Space need to be repaired?
    Crawl space problems can be very serious and should not be ignored.  If a problem exists in a crawl space, it must be taken care of ASAP. The trouble is, most people never go into their crawlspace, which means they cannot see if there is a problem exists until it’s too late, and the damage is done! Why take a chance?  The longer crawl space issues fester, the greater the damage to your home.  If you haven’t been inside your crawl space in a while, go inside and have a look.  If you want Weinstein Construction’s experts to go in, free-of-charge, and without obligation, just give us a call!  If you’ve been inside your crawl space and noticed any water, mold, damp areas, or dead critters, then you must take action immediately!  Water and dampness are a crawl space's worst enemy and mold can be very dangerous to the health and well-being of all who live in the home.   Beyond the health issues discussed above, water can rot the wood that is holding up your home, which may present a serious risk when the next earthquake hits.  If you are not sure whether you need crawl space repairs, call Weinstein Construction, and one of our expert inspectors will come to your home and inspect your crawl space at no charge, and without any obligation on your part!

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    I picked Weinstein Construction by accident actually and it was the best thing I could have ever done. Weinstein Construction they really care about what they did for me, and they did everything they could to try and solve as many problems for me as possible, and you can’t really put a price on that. So if you need somewhere to go to, they are the place to go to, without a doubt.

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