The crawl space is one area of the house that most homeowners don’t think about. It can be dark, musty and for most people it is just a little bit creepy.
Does my Crawl Space need to be cleaned?
Water Damage, Dry Rot
Homes with vented crawl spaces can be a disaster waiting to happen. The humidity and dampness of the pacific NW air can wreak havoc on the space under your house, and the vents that are supposed to help keep it dry are actually making the problem worse by bringing in additional moisture. Your Crawl Space can quickly become a nasty, and smelly area with dry rot and decay.
Your crawl space is an important part of your house where heating ducts, plumbing and electrical wires are vulnerable and keeping it clean is critically important since up to 40% or more of the air that we breathe in our home, originates from there.
Rodents, Rats, Mice and other Critters Love Your Crawl Space
Your home’s crawl space is not an inviting place to you, but rodents, raccoon’s and all kinds of other pests, love it. The main problem is that while it provides warmth, shelter and safety for rodents and other pests, over time they can cause significant damage to your single most important investment, your home!!!
We can turn your crawl space into a dry, clean, and healthy area. By repairing & protecting your crawl space you will be improving indoor air quality and making your home more energy efficient.
When we do a pest inspection, and find damage to your crawl space, we may recommend getting a crawl space restoration performed.
What Is Crawl Space Repair & Restoration?
A crawl space repair & restoration is just what it sounds like. We will remove contaminated insulation, vapor barrier, and any debris. Where there is damage from pests or animals, we will either repair or in some cases, if severe damage has occurred, recommend a contractor. We will disinfect the crawlspace, repair damage, seal up any entry points and start the process of decontamination of those affected areas. We then install new insulation, new vapor barrier and ensure that an aggressive rodent program is in place to prevent future problems from rodents. It is a grueling job that is extremely labor intensive, dirty and tiresome work, but you can take comfort in knowing that Mathis has the right individuals who understand the process and what it takes to ensure your home stays rodent free.
Do I need Crawl Space Repair & Restoration?
Crawl space repair & restoration is necessary when the space becomes contaminated to a point where it is creating an unhealthy environment in the rest of the home. This is typically caused by rodents or nuisance wildlife nesting in the area and leaving behind urine and feces.
Get a complete summary of the condition of the crawl space and recommendations for repair & improvement.
- We evaluate correct grading and drainage and look for any water pooling under the house.
- We inspect insulation and your current vapor barrier.
- We inspect plumbing and electrical lines in the crawl space.
- We document all vents, entry points and access doors.
- We evaluate rodent, or small animal intrusion and damage.
- We inspect all wood for termite and signs of insect activity.
We will give you a repair & restoration plan which may include de-humidifying and removing moisture, insulating plumbing, sealing access points and vents, pest control treatments, repair or replacement of insulation and vapor barrier.
We will Clean, Disinfect, Decontaminate, Repair & Replace
- Remove all of the contaminated insulation and vapor barrier
- Repair Damage
- Build a crawl space access door if needed
- Disinfect & Decontaminate crawlspace
- Re-install new vapor barrier and insulation to code
Where there is damage from pests or animals, we will either repair or in some cases, if severe damage has occurred, recommend a contractor.
Do you NEED Crawlspace Encapsulation?
Crawlspace Encapsulation is a process where we completely isolate the crawl space from the ground and the outside air. Crawlspace Encapsulation in the Pacific NW is typically not recommended or needed.
We will be happy to advise you on the pros and cons as well as give you information about whether you should completely seal your crawl space.
Rats, Mice and other rodents are abundant in the Puget Sound area and can carry diseases and parasites.
In their relentless search for food and habitation, rodents invade crawlspaces causing contamination and damage to insulation, heating ducts and the surrounding structure. After we repair your crawlspace we want to keep your new crawl space free of rodent, rats and mice, and protect against damage caused by rats and mice coming back into your crawl space.
Exclusion services includes identifying possible entry points and using a steel and copper mesh in those areas, especially around access doors and vents. Professional exclusion measures are important for ensuring your own peace of mind, and protecting your investment.
We serve the greater Seattle WA Area with Crawl Space Cleaning, Repair and Restoration
King County WA
Des Moines WA
Federal Way WA
Maple Valley WA
Mercer Island WA
Pierce County WA
Bonney Lake WA
Gig Harbor WA
Lake Tapps WA
University Place WA
Snohomish County WA
Mill Creek WA
Thurston County WA
Kitsap County WA
Bainbridge Island WA
Port Orchard WA
Mason County WA
Lewis County WA
Jefferson County WA
Port Hadlock WA
Port Ludlow WA
Port Townsend WA
We will clean, remove debris and contaminated insulation, disinfect, repair and restore your home’s crawl space.