Crawl Space Cleanout
When You Need To Call In The Pros
- Animal infestation/contamination
- Wet or moldy insulation
- Insufficient insulation in need of an upgrade
- Vapor barriers needing replacement
- Animal or moldy/musty smells
- Allergy relief
- Water damage
The crawl space is one of the most neglected areas of the home. Every day we find insulation that has been pulled down and contaminated with rodent droppings, urine, food caches, nesting materials and even rodent corpses. Ducting is chewed through and nested in, vapor barriers are damaged, improperly set down or non-existent, and excessive moisture has led to mold and rotting wood. Vents are improperly installed or even blocked completely.
Clean Crawls will go in and remove it all. We take out everything that could degrade the energy efficiency & air quality of your home – from feces to fungi. After we clean up the space, we seal up holes where rodents or other animals could access your crawl space in the future. We take all necessary precautions to ensure the inside and outside of your home remain a clean, healthy environment from the time we arrive to the time we leave.
We understand that most homeowners don’t enjoy going into their crawl space. We do!
Crawl Space Insulation
Save Money on Your Utility Bills
Crawl space insulation prevents the loss of heat in the winter and prevents hot air in summer from entering your home by resisting heat flow. This is called the Stack Effect, which is how air flows through your house in both hot and cold weather. Here’s a PDF from WikiHow that illustrates the flow. Heat flow is a critical element in your energy usage.
In the Winter, the heat produced by your heating system moves naturally to the unheated spaces such as attics, garages, basements and crawlspaces – or directly outdoors. To make up for this loss, your homes’ heating system needs to run more often to keep a constant indoor temperature. A well-insulated crawlspace will prevent heat loss and keep your floors warm.
In the Summer, heat will flow into your home, making your air conditioner work harder to keep the inside cool. Crawlspace insulation will help keep that heat out and keep your energy bills in check.
For crawlspaces, we typically install unfaced fiberglass batts, but there are other insulation options such as cotton batts or spray foam. It’s also important to have a properly installed vapor barrier, which we will custom cut and fit to your crawlspace. A vapor barrier will prevent groundwater from creating moisture problems and mold in your crawlspace and in your insulation.
By installing the appropriate amount of insulation, heat transfer can be reduced, thereby saving you money on your utility bills.
Most utility companies will even offer you rebates for making insulation improvements to your home! For more information on available rebates visit our rebates page.
Crawl Space Vapor Barriers
Protects against mold, mildew and rot
Crawlspace vapor barriers consist of a heavy plastic completely covering the floor of the crawlspace, which extends up the walls to the subfloor, protecting the crawlspace from mold, mildew and rot.
Crawlspace vapor barriers help in a number of ways:
- A clean, moisture-proof crawlspace will have a positive impact on the preservation and value of your home, the quality of the air you breathe, and the amount of energy you use for heating and cooling.
- Since the floor of most crawlspaces is dirt or soil, it is susceptible to all kinds of moisture, from normal groundwater to drainage. Without a barrier, this moisture will eventually find its way into the floor of your home, causing problems such as warping of the subfloor or the floor itself.
- Moisture can cause wood rot, and degrade certain types of insulation that might be exposed beneath the floor. The resulting mold can be the source of unwanted odors and trigger allergies or other respiratory problems.
- Moisture beneath the home will attract insects, which in turn will attract rats, mice and even snakes.
- A professionally installed crawlspace vapor barrier will minimize & stabilize the moisture content beneath the floor, and in the winter will help protect pipes from freezing and bursting.
Out of sight and out of mind is not sound practice when dealing with excessive moisture beneath your home. A crawlspace vapor barrier will give you confidence, knowing that your home investment is protected.