Crawlspace Solutions (Encapsulation)

Moisture in your crawlspace may cause many problems to your foundation and your family’s health. It’s very easy for water to come up from the ground and flood your crawl space and create a very wet and damp crawl. American Foundation Repair has encapsulated many crawlspaces to keep moisture out. A dry crawl space is essential for living healthy. We go an extra step setting us apart from our competition. We can place gravel at the crawl space area in situations where the dirt ground is very wet. With a thick layer of gravel, and the vapor barrier, moisture from the ground is contained and confined below the gravel and 20 mil vapor barrier, leaving a clean place.

Crawlspace Hot Air Rises

When warm or hot air rises it brings any moisture left on ground up into the air leaving a very humid and damp crawl space. A humid crawl space is the perfect recipe for mold spores to form leaving you with an unhealthy crawl space. All air in your home circulates including the air in your crawl space. You may not see it, but you may sometimes smell a musty odor inside your home, possibly affecting your family’s health especially if mold and mildew is present.

Encapsulating your basement is the best solution in containing moisture in your crawl space by reducing your home’s humidity problem. Most companies say it’s best to “encapsulate” the entire crawl space, not necessarily true. Quality air ALWAYS good airflow circulation, and this is why homes are built with vents so the air in your crawlspace is ventilated. Here in the Chicagoland area is especially important because our seasons can have days where relative humidity is 100%. The perfect recipe for mole spores to turn into mold and mildew. The best way to solve a humidity problem in the sweltering summer heat is using a basic dehumidifier from your local home improvement store, along with a vapor barrier covering the ground and up to the foundation walls only. Allow your vents to circulate the air in your crawlspace promoting good air flow. This is how all homes are designed to work because when they are built code requires vents in crawl spaces. This also prevents wooden joist or beams from rotting causing damage to your structure due to moisture. We are not only a basement waterproofing company but a structural repair company too.

Crawlspace Drainage System

Even with gravel, and a vapor barrier, if your crawl space floods or seepage is present, an interior crawlspace drainage system is installed around the perimeter of your crawl space. This crawlspace drainage system is designed to collect the water from the crawl space into a pit and getting pumped outside. Leaving a dry clean crawlspace. Afterwards a vapor barrier 20 mil can be installed also to keep moisture out. In addition to encapsulating your crawlspace and or installing a drain tile system we will at NO EXTRA CHARGE repair ALL cracks on the foundation walls.

Crawlspace Problematic Symptoms

  • Uneven Floors
  • Cracks in Walls
  • Musty Odors
  • Healthy living problems
  • Allergies
  • Asthma

Crawlspace Encapsulation Repair Cost

American Foundation Repair uses a reinforced vapor barrier to trap and lock moisture, along with a thick layer of gravel. (if necessary on a dirt floor only) A drain tile system installed around the interior perimeter of the crawl space to help alleviate hydrostatic pressure. No other competitor will be able to match our ability to install a quality product for a fair price. A typical 1,200 sq. ft. True Cost toencapsulate a crawlspace on average is about $5,200 (depending on extent of work) and our price INCLUDES REPAIRING all cracks for FREE at no extra cost to you. Trust the professional leaders in crawl space repair, by giving us a call for a free estimate.

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