Founded in 2001, we are the original crawl space cleaning company in the Northwest, and pride ourselves on our customer service and on the many benefits we offer our customers.
With over 20 years experience in the crawlspace and attic business in the Northwest, owner Chuck Henrichsen is personally committed to making sure every job is done right every time. Each employee at Clean Crawls stands behind the company mission statement:
Our mission at Clean Crawls is to deliver superior, healthy and clean environments that provide comfort and peace of mind while creating extraordinary relationships with our clients and one another.
Clean Crawls leads the industry and creates the standard year after year.
We base our practices, protocol, and standards of workmanship on going above and beyond the expectations of the most strict utility companies like PSE and PUD. Clean Crawls strives to do the job correctly the first time on every single home to please the customer and avoid getting called back to correct mistakes.
Here are a few common examples of how Clean Crawls sets the standards of quality for the industry:
Building code requires using twine to install the insulation in crawl spaces. It is important not to cut corners by just tucking the insulation into the floor joists. Although you can sometimes get away with this because a 16″ on center bay width is actually 14.5″ of open space due to the thickness of the floor joists. Therefore, the insulation may (temporarily) stay up without being fastened in place. This is poor workmanship that Clean Crawls doesn’t stand for.
Others may use stay rods, which are like straightened coat hangers. These bow up when bent into the bay and help hold the insulation up, although they can easily fall if they are touched or if anything nearby is moved.
Over the years Clean Crawls has been called in to fix, “New insulation.” At first glance the insulation looks correct but upon further inspection the insulation will be the wrong size or the incorrect type of twine is used. This comes about because sellers are trying to save money or another company installed it incorrectly. At Clean Crawls we always strive to do the job correctly the first time so that you don’t need to spend money fixing our mistakes.
The best way to ensure crawl space insulation (sub-floor insulation) holds steady over time is to use the proper installation technique depending on the bay widths.
When the width equals 4 feet or greater, building code calls for wood lath to ensure the stability of the insulation. This should be common sense since there is no feasible way that twine can hold up to the weight of that much batted insulation. Utility companies that provide rebates for insulation upgrades have much more stringent criteria, often calling for wood lath when bay widths meet 32 inches and greater. To be on the high-quality and conservative side, Clean Crawls installs them for anything greater than 24 inches in span.
Wood lath is also a sturdier option overall and is a superior way to hold up the insulation under your floor. In this case, it has become common practice to buy the cheapest material that is at shorter lengths and then staple it together to attempt to stretch the distance of the bay. This obviously results in a weak point where stapled and results in a flimsy apparatus that is mediocre at best.
Clean Crawls again goes above and beyond by purchasing specially-cut thick lath that is also longer than what others use. The thickness of the wood lath Clean Crawls uses is typically 50% to 100% thicker than the standard wood. Although getting high-quality materials like this can cost more, Clean Crawls uses them because it is the best for the customer and is the right thing to do.
Most vapor barriers that are installed in crawl spaces are done by simply laying the plastic on the ground and then quickly forgetting about it. This can even occur in new construction buildings. This creates problems if anyone (or any thing – like a rodent) goes into the crawl and moves around. The vapor barrier quickly gets messed up and compromised as the shifting occurs and the dirt underneath is exposed. The vapor barrier then becomes useless and ceases to do its job, exposing the home to moisture, as well as gases and potentially harmful ground-swelling vapors.
To solve this problem, Clean Crawls stakes the vapor barrier down throughout the entire crawl space using thick wire stakes that resemble giant staples. They also put extra stakes near access points, since these tend to be higher traffic areas that lead to more shifting.
This practice is time-consuming, and yet Clean Crawls has developed systems to streamline the process, while their crews have the hard work ethic required to accomplish this additional service with the homeowner in mind. Again, it’s the right thing to do, and most people don’t want to go through the additional expense and added time to do it.
Why would you go through the trouble and expense of putting in brand new insulation in your crawl space and yet leave a gaping hole in the form of an access point into your crawl? Sure, the insulation looks good temporarily, but the entry way is wide open as if calling out to critters of all kinds to come in and nest in the crawl space. It’s like a freeway heading onto the Las Vegas strip with lights blinking and pointing in: “Rodents Welcome!”
To eliminate this problem, Clean Crawls builds nice and solid access doors that are made to fit. This is different from the common practice of trying to use prefabricated access doors in an attempt to retrofit them into the space. Since every home and crawl space is different, there isn’t one size of door that can fit all crawl space entrances. Therefore, it becomes imperative to custom-build access doors. This is another example of how Clean Crawls is a cut-above and does the right thing, where many others may cringe at the idea of taking pains to do such a great job.
These custom-built made-to-fit crawl space access doors help keep rodents out of the crawl space. They always have two handles, so they can be easily opened and are fastened in place with two additional nails to keep them from shifting. These nails can be removed by the homeowner for convenient access, but the entire system is a good deterrent to any unwelcome furry visitors.
Founded in 2001, we are the original crawlspace cleanout company in the Northwest, and pride ourselves on our customer service and on the many benefits we offer our customers.
Founder & CEO
Customer Service Manager
Pest Control Field Manager
Pest Control Technician
With over 20 years experience in the crawl space and attic retrofit and pest control industry in the Northwest, owner Chuck Henrichsen is personally committed to making sure every job is done right every time.
Of experience in the industry.
In a row awarded with the Angie’s List Super Service Award.
Named as PUD Top Producer in Insulation 4 consecutive years.
Clean Crawls has received numerous awards from Puget Sound Energy for excellent workmanship and has even helped pioneer several initiatives. As a member of PSE’s Contractor Alliance Network, we’re able to get you all the rebates for which you qualify.