For many of us, visiting our crawl space is not something we look forward to, especially when it is a wet or smelly place. Previous animal infestations, mold, mildew, and wet insulation all release unpleasant aromas and create a disgusting crawl space environment.
While visiting your crawl space may not be an exciting task, neither is paying someone else to do it for you. Depending on the size of your crawl space and the extent of the damage, the cost having crawl space cleaning services can vary dramatically.
However, having a clean crawl space is vital to the health and safety of your home and family. Here, we’ll take a look at how crawl space repairs can end up paying for themselves and have helped families throughout the Everett area save money on their energy bills.
Why Crawl Space Cleaning Matters
Many people see their crawl space as a dark void of nothingness, or, at the very least, an unimportant part of their house. What most people don’t know, is the role their crawl space plays in determining the air quality and energy efficiency of their home.
Poor Air Quality
The unique air circulation that occurs in homes has been termed the ‘stack effect.’ The stack effect is the way in which the air in your attic and crawl spaces circulates into your home’s living spaces. This air is in a constant cycle, forcing itself down into your crawl space and then rising back up into your living areas. Because of this, homes that have mold, mildew, and animal infestations in their crawl space run the risk of having very poor air quality.
Low Energy Efficiency
In addition, poorly maintained crawl spaces can develop large and numerous cracks, holes, or gaps that allow water and moisture into the crawl space. Not only can this water encourage the growth of mold and mildew, but it can also seep into the insulation. This causes it to lose its ability to properly insulate your home and reduce your home’s energy efficiency. Suddenly, keeping your home cool during the hot summer months becomes difficult, as your crawl space cannot efficiently contain and circulate the energy you put into it.
Here is a brief list of some of the things you might find in your crawl space:
- Pest infestation or contamination
- Insufficient insulation
- Moldy or wet insulation
- Animal or mold smells
- Water damage
If you discovered any of these during your last trip into your crawl space, it’s probably high time that you sought out some Everett crawl space cleaning services. Professional cleaning crews have the experience it takes to efficiently remove the damaged material or contamination, and they can do it in a way that prevents mold from returning. Ultimately, cleaning and repairing the crawl space will allow your home to retain precious energy produced by your HVAC system and lower your monthly energy bills.
Cost of Everett Crawl Space Repairs and Cleanup
Depending on the kind of services you need, professional crawl space companies generally offer the following types of crawl space cleaning and restoration services. Crawl spaces repairs can range anywhere between $1,500 and $15,000 dollars, depending on the extent of the damage and the repairs needed.
1. Basic Cleaning
For this procedure, crawl space cleaning services come in and remove anything in your crawl space that would decrease your home’s energy efficiency and air quality. At Clean Crawls, we’ve helped to remove animal infestations, standing water, mold colonies, torn vapor barriers, and old insulation from people’s crawl spaces. Most dirty crawl spaces are similar in the type of debris built up inside, but our team of experts can manage any unique crawl space cleaning situation you may be concerned about.
2. Insulation Repair
To restore energy efficiency to your home, old or moldy insulation should be replaced by fresh, new insulation. The type of insulation that is often recommended as best suited to crawl space conditions is spray foam insulation. Not only is a powerful insulator, but spray foam insulation does not absorb water and offers no food source for mold, animals, or bacteria. By replacing their old insulation, families have experienced significant cost reductions for their energy bills.
Proper insulation repair and installation prevents the transfer of air through the crawl space walls and floor, helping to regulate the interior temperature in your home. The last thing you want is to lose energy through improper or damaged insulation, forcing your HVAC system to work overtime and driving up monthly energy costs.
The insulation repair and replacement team at Clean Crawls can inspect your home and help determine the perfect insulation type for your crawl space. We are efficient and communicate with you, the homeowner, throughout the process. Prevent moisture, eliminate animals, and retain energy, all with the help of our crawl space insulation team.
3. Other Services
In addition to crawl space cleanout and insulation repairs, Clean Crawls offers additional services like air sealing or vapor barrier installation to help equip your crawl space for long term cleanliness. Vapor barriers are one of the best ways to prevent excess moisture from entering your crawl space and damaging your home. They keep ductwork from becoming rusted and corroded over time, and they also guard against moisture causing damage to the electrical wiring.
Here are a few additional benefits of properly installed vapor barriers:
- Mold, mildew, and rot problems will be minimized
- Accessing the crawl space won’t be as uncomfortable and dirty
- Your insulation is kept safe from damaging moisture
- Animals are deterred from entering the crawl space through the ground soil
There are many kinds of animals that want to make your attic and crawl space into their home! Bats, rats, mice, raccoons, opossums, otters, and birds of all kinds are the most common creatures that will try to inhabit your crawl space and attic. Animal Exclusion is the process of blocking off entry points that an animal can come through. Proper exclusion will ensure that animals are not able to enter your Seattle crawl space or attic.
The expenses of each additional service depend entirely on the size of the crawl space and the extent of the damage. Ultimately, the best way for you to budget for your crawl space cleaning is by inviting a crawl space professional to inspect your crawl space. This way, you get a thorough analysis of your crawl spaces’ conditions and needs, which will help in determining how much the project will cost.
How To Save Money
Unlike paying for a service that will simply remove a problem, paying for crawl space cleaning and repairs can mean big savings for you in the long run. With your crawl space in its current state, it is actively undermining your home’s ability to maintain comfortable temperatures and conditions. So, in the heat of summer or the cold of winter, you’re forced to run your energy unit longer than is normally necessary, driving your energy bill sky high.
By inviting a professional crawl space service to clean and repair your crawl space, your home can enjoy new levels of energy efficiency. Families throughout Everett have enjoyed savings of up to 30% on their energy bills with this simple crawl space project.
While determining the cost of cleaning out your crawl space can seem a bit nebulous, the one thing you can know for sure is that there are many incredible benefits you get to enjoy in its place. To request a personal inspection of your crawl space, contact us today. Our trained and certified team of crawl space cleaning professionals are ready to serve your family and home.