Crawl Space Cleaning
The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful region that offers diverse landscapes and stable weather patterns. It is a destination spot for tourist looking to vacation and for families looking to move. So, it is no surprise that Metropolitan areas like Seattle and its surrounding suburbs and cities have high home prices. Whether you are building, buying, or cleaning your existing home, you want to make sure that your investment is maintained and functioning properly for the years ahead. A crawl space is easily overlooked in the day-to-day care of your home, but it is an integral part of a building. Luckily, professionals in your county can clean and repair your crawl space.
Local Crawl Space Cleaning Services
“Crawl space cleaning” is a catch-all term that includes a variety of services ranging from cleanup of mold to repairing rotten boards to improving energy efficiency. When your crawl space is clean and operating properly, your home will be healthier. Here are the services offered around Snohomish and Skagit counties.
Crawl space insulation helps keep your home cool during summer and warm during winter. A poorly insulated crawl space will lead to cold floorboards during winter and unnecessarily high energy bills. Professionals can replace old, ruined insulation or refill areas that have poor coverage. Fiberglass and cellulose are common types of insulation for this service; however, spray foam is a fast-growing insulation option. Both contractors and homeowners often recommend spray foam over other insulations.
Spray foam can be used as insulation for entire surface areas such as walls and floors, or it can be used as a sealant to seal around holes for pipes, vents, and wires. Closed-cell spray foam provides an air-tight seal that other insulations do not, and its expanding nature allows it to be applied to hard-to-reach areas. Once those tiny spaces are sealed, regulating the climate of your crawl space (and by extension your home) becomes easier. It is easy to see why spray foam is becoming the insulation of choose for many homeowners.
Duct insulation and sealing is a service provided alongside of or separate from other crawl space insulation. Like other insulation services, this increases home energy efficiency and can save you money by lowering energy bills. Air can leak from improperly sealed ducts, and energy can leech through uninsulated ducts. As a result, less air makes it into the rooms of your house, and what air does make it inside might not be optimally cooled or heated. Preventing such losses keeps more money in your bank.
For the ultimate energy savings, crawl space encapsulation is the service for you. This completely seals the crawl space. Vents are closed; empty spaces are sealed; insulation is checked; a vapor barrier is placed on the ground, walls, and supports, and sealed; and a dehumidifier may be installed to control moisture. If your crawl space is very drafty and poorly insulated now, then an encapsulation may save you a lot of money as you see a drop in energy bills in the future.
A home that has been through floods or has a poorly ventilated crawl space may have mold. A professional can provide mold removal and remediation services to clean and help prevent mold from returning. Mold spores are everywhere in northwest Washington State, but a properly vented (or encapsulated) crawl space will keep moisture levels down so that mold will not take root on wood or cinder blocks under the home.
Pests and rodents love crawl spaces, but this is no symbiotic relationship. Pests can wreak havoc and turn a crawl space into an unhealthy environment. Wires and boards can be chewed, insulation can be soiled and ruined, and air quality can be reduced. If the crawl space drafts into the home, then your family will be breathing that same air. Professionals offer pest removal services to remove and prevent the return of pests and rodents. Points of entry are sealed, pests are removed, and any damage is repaired.
Now that you know “crawl space cleaning” involves more than tossing an air freshener under your home, perhaps a few of the services offered sound right for your home: Do your floor boards stay cold during winter? Does one room have a dank smell even though it stays ventilated? Did you remove a rat and replace a screen on your crawl space vent but neglect to go into the space and look for damage? Or maybe you are tired of high energy bills and just want to make your home more energy efficient.
Whatever your needs, don’t hesitate. Contact us today! We can schedule an inspection and have Snohomish and Skagit county professionals evaluate and audit your crawl space.