When areas are out of sight, they are often out of mind. Crawlspaces can be one of the last places homeowners think to clean. However, crawlspace cleanup can be crucial to maintaining the structure and value of your home. Since it’s one of the most neglected areas, many homeowners do not enter their crawlspace until there is debris, rodents, water damage, or even mold. As a homeowner, regular inspection of your crawlspace is essential to resolve any issues.
What Does a Crawlspace Cleanup Include?
If you have a neglected crawlspace, the possibility of debris or damage increases. As an area with little to no traffic, your crawlspace is a great place for animals or rodents to find a new home. If there are cracks in your foundation, moisture can creep in, and mold can begin to grow.
When you hire a team to do a crawlspace cleanup on your property, the first step will be to inspect the space. This initial survey will give the service team the ability to assess the situation before starting the cleanup.
Removal of Debris, Mold, and Other Damage
If your crawlspace has accumulated dirt or moisture, the cleanup crew will remove this. These materials can hinder any scheduled maintenance or repair on your home. Once you clear debris and dirt from the space, cleanup can move to moisture, mold, or fungi. Mold can include common white mold or dangerous black mold. If you placed rodent or vermin traps, the remains of these would be removed as well. Both mold and vermin can lead to terrible smells within the home.
Inspection and Repair of Cracks
After inspection and removal of debris and moisture, the next step in a crawlspace cleanup will be sealing and repairing cracks in the foundation. Repair any wood rot or rust on metal beams to prevent further damage to the home.
Vapor Barrier Installation or Crawlspace Waterproofing
After repairs have been finished, you can choose to have a vapor barrier or waterproofing installed in your crawlspace. Vapor barrier installation includes sealing off the floor and walls with a plastic barrier and sealing tape. Waterproofing ensures all water is draining away from your foundation. If you do not have drainage in your crawlspace, installing a sump pump or interior perimeter drain is a good idea.
Disinfecting and Deodorization
After your crawlspace is cleaned and waterproofed, it is crucial to have the area disinfected and deodorized. Sanitizing your crawlspace will ensure no new growth of mold or bacteria. This method, coupled with deodorization, can help keep your house free of bad smells.
HS Restoration: An Expert Crawlspace Cleanup Team
Completing a crawlspace cleanup on your own is possible but difficult. HS Restoration has trained and experienced teams who can complete a cleanup quickly. Our services also include mold mitigation and basement waterproofing in the event your crawlspace has become damaged. We are available 24/7 for any urgent cleanup needs. HS Restoration offers a 100% guarantee for all services. Contact us today to schedule your crawlspace cleanup!