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How much does it cost to repair a crawlspace?
Depending on what kind of repairs you need, prices will vary. On average, most people spend around six thousand dollars. However, if you’re only looking to do some cleaning maintenance, then you’re looking at closer to between five hundred to forty-five hundred dollars depending on the size of your crawlspace.
Why do I need to seal my crawlspace?
Almost all of your piping in your home will at one point pass through your crawlspace. All that piping means that water, and moisture along with it, are constantly passing through a not well ventilated area. Sealing your crawlspace with a vapor barrier keeps that moisture in check and can prevent you from growing dangerous molds and spores underneath your home.
How do I repair a damp crawlspace?
Installing a vapor barrier is really important in keeping your crawlspace dry, however, leaks are still possible with a vapor barrier in place. Never cover up your vapor barrier with with gravel or dirt, without having your barrier covered, you’ll be able to see if there are any leaks in your plumping. Another good idea is to install a dehumidifier in your crawlspace as an extra line of defense against moisture formation. Dehumidifiers can be installed permanently in your crawlspace, or can be rented to you. Crawlspace dehumidifier models cost between eight hundred to sixteen hundred dollars depending on how big the space is, and what kind of quality you want to get out of your machine. Dehumidifiers not only help protect your home from highly damaging wood rotting, they also help keep your entire house less humid.
How much does it cost to install a vapor barrier in crawlspace?
The average vapor barrier cost depends on the thickness of the plastic, and the amount you’re going to need to cover your crawlspace. Most, however, cost between fifty to seventy-five cents per square foot. Plastic thickness ranges between six and twenty-three millimeters. The thicker the plastic, the more coverage you’re going to get out of your barrier. You’ll also be paying a bit more money as well, but most experts agree that installing a vapor barrier is not just a good idea, but a necessary one. Not to mention, it adds to the overall value of your home.
What’s the difference between installing a vapor barrier and encapsulating my crawl space?
A vapor barrier is only a sheet of plastic that is laid out over the dirt of your crawlspace to help prevent moisture from getting to the dirt underneath. Because vapor barriers wear with time and are not completely airtight, they are not the perfect solution from keeping your crawlspace totally dry. Encapsulation of a crawlspace means that you’re covering and sealing up your entire crawlspace in vacuum bags so that there is no moisture present at all. Encapsulation is almost a foolproof option for waterproofing your crawlspace. It is, however, the most expensive service available. Vapor barriers don’t protect everything in your crawlspace, but they are a viable option if you’re not willing to pay for an entire encapsulation.
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