Crawl Space Repair
If we had to pick a single service here at TN foundation Repairs that was our “bread and butter” service as so to speak, it would undoubtedly be our crawl space encapsulation service. Foundation repair and crawl space services go hand in hand. From the years that we have done this and been in this industry, we typically see crawl space water and moisture come first, and then comes the downhill slide. Lets not beat a dead horse, but if you read our crawl space foundation repair section above we talked about the effect water has on the soil near and around your foundation. Another reason why you should consider crawl space waterproofing, or at the very least getting a moisture barrier installed.
A few of the common reasons we have people calling us with crawl space questions are:
- They have poor air quality in their crawl space or basement
- In conjunction with that air quality, they are looking for a crawl space odor neutralizer
- The humidity level is high in their basement
- The insulation in the crawl space is ruined or needs replacing and they want to know the insulation cost to repair or replace it
- They can physically feel the humidity in the air and are in search of one of our dehumidifiers.
- They have been told they live in a flood zone and suddenly are looking for a crawl space solution
- They have recently watched one too many crawl space or insulation Youtube videos and are desperately concerned about their crawl space foundation
And on and on the list goes. As you probably noticed, the questions are all over the board and come from a wide spectrum of different types of people. Those that want specific information about access doors, jacks, liners, ladders, and power vents are the DIY type. This group rarely knows what they are getting themselves into, despite actually being fairly handy around the home. Just because you can spot a little mold (yellow mold) doesn’t necessarily translate over to knowing how to properly lay the vapor barrier or how to properly perform water removal.
Where To Start
The best advice we can give you based on our experience is to start the process, be it crawl space cleaning, joist repair, or waterproofing with a crawl space quote from three or more crawl space contractors to get an idea on your approximate costs. We suggest this first because oftentimes, customers are surprised at how inexpensive our service is compared to what they thought it would be in their heads. That said, we frequently find that customers are shocked at how expensive crawl space foundation repair costs can be if they go into it with the wrong information or have talked to only one company.
Once you receive a quote from three or more competitors, you can decide whether to use one of the three crawl space repair companies, DIY, or do nothing at all in terms of crawl space renovation. If money is a real issue, but you do live in a crawl space encapsulation flood zone, you need to get creative really fast and start cleaning the crawl space yourself. We have seen various homeowners attempt to sell their homes here in Nashville with a water problem under the house, under the deck, or leading to the basement. It will prove nearly impossible to sell.
For the Hopeful DIY’er
All jokes aside, there is hope for you weekend warrior that put many less-handy spouses to shame. We’ve seen DIY jobs done for years. To be frank we see a lot of these jobs as a result of a poor job done and a need for professional service. Nonetheless for every terrible crawl space repair DIY job, there are a few out there that have done a terrific job. Some of the crawl space products you may need depending on the size of the job are a barrier, cover, dehumidifier, (lowes) fan, plastic, sealing, a sump pump, and vent covers.
It’s true, you can find the answer to anything on the internet. Just be careful who you choose to listen to. You wouldn’t let your accountant work on your teeth, so don’t take advice from a non-credible source. Before you make any decision weigh out the pros and cons and then go with your gut.
The company you choose does matter. Don’t base your decision off of a coupon code you see online or because someone tells you there may be a way to qualify for a tax credit. Look up ‘contractors near me’ and check out their reviews, get them to come give you a free estimate, and shake their hand. Sure, a company says a lot about themselves just from their website, but meeting in person makes this decision a lot easier. Your home is the biggest investment of your life, (for most) so do your homework. We hope that whether it’s something as simple as an inspection, lighting, or excavating you will call us and give us a shot at your business! As we’ve mentioned time and time again, we offer free estimates to any home owner that requests one. If you aren’t a homeowner don’t worry, the same deal applies to you. Much of our time is spent with real estate agents representing homeowners or renters looking to buy. We are open-minded and never feel that a chance to give some an estimate is a waste of time, even if that person doesn’t buy from us. What goes around, comes around.
Lastly, we humbly admit that referrals are the greatest compliment we could ever receive. The hardest part about any business transaction is winning over someone trust. When you, a friend, recommend us, it takes that piece of the puzzle entirely out and makes our lives significantly easier. We have crafted a special discount for the referral and a significant kick-back for the referrer that will make that simple phone call worth every second of your time.