Crawl Space Repair Near Portland, Vancouver, Salem, Eugene, and Roseburg
Each part of your home is inter-connected. When one area is off-kilter, that impacts the rest of the structure. For a home in the Western Oregon or Southwest Washington areas, that is particularly true about your crawl space. If your crawl space begins to rot, grow mold, or experience structural problems, this will extend to every part of your home.
That is why the trained technicians at Josh Lowe’s Dr. Energy Saver specialize in crawl space problems of all types. We offer crawl space repairs throughout Western Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Signs of a Crawl Space Problem in OR
When you are having a problem with your crawl space, you need to get in touch with Josh Lowe’s Dr. Energy Saver. We understand the nuances of crawl space repairs better than our competitors in the Western Oregon and Southwest Washington area and have the products and experience that you need to find the best solution at a customer-friendly price.
Crawl space repairs in a timely manner will help you avoid more expensive repairs at a later date. They also will create a healthier living environment and lower your utility bills by making your home more energy-efficient.
Also: Once you’ve encapsulated your crawl space, you’ve gained valuable storage space in your home. The encapsulation process will benefit you in multiple ways as a homeowner.
Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation with Josh Lowe’s Dr. Energy Saver
Trust Your Crawl Space Repairs to Josh Lowe’s Dr. Energy SaverWhen you need repairs in the crawl space of your home, you need to contact Josh Lowe’s Dr. Energy Saver. For years, we have set the standard for craws space repairs for customers throughout the Western Oregon and Southwest Washington areas. To learn more about our services, contact us online or give us a call at 541-485-2282 to get an assessment.
Frequently Asked Crawl Space Repair Questions
- Do I really need to encapsulate my crawl space?
- If you are wanting a healthier home to live in, encapsulating the crawl space increases your healthy living conditions. About 50% of the air you breathe in your home comes from an unsealed crawl space. This means you are breathing in mold, moisture, and dust mites that were under your home. It also makes it easier to heat/cool your home as your home will be less moist.
- Do vapor barriers work in crawl space?
- A correctly installed ground cover can help act as a vapor barrier and help with the prevention of moisture build-up in your crawl space. Yet, because a vapor barrier is not sealed at the edges, moist air can still enter your crawl space.
- How do I dry out my crawl space?
- Your first step is to determine what is causing the water to enter (leaking plumbing, nearby hillside runoff, etc.), so this can be reduced or stopped. You then need to get the water out with a sump pump. If you have a big house, you may need more than one. To augment the sump pump, many people also add a dehumidifier specially designed for under a house. You need to keep the relative humidity below 60% to keep mold from growing.
- How do I get rid of the smell in my crawl space?
- You need to determine the cause of the smell—are there dead critters (animals love to nest in fiberglass batting), is there mold growing, is there a sewage leak? Anything causing a smell is making its way into your home, and you are breathing it in! Do get a crawl space specialist to investigate for you. If there is mold growing, you need to kill the mold and then address what is making your crawl space moist enough for mold to grow.
- How do I prevent mold in my crawl space?
- You need to keep it dry and have the relative humidity below 60% to keep mold from growing. A specialist can investigate under your crawl space to see what is going on and show you solutions, including a sump pump, a dehumidifier, and an encapsulation.
- How much moisture is normal in crawl space?
- Because there is air in your crawl space, there will be some moisture in the air. There are levels at which mold starts to grow, however! If you have standing water, then you really have a problem that needs to be addressed! Even just moist air can cause the mold to grow.
- Is it normal for a crawl space to be damp?
- No, it is not normal for a crawl space to be damp! It also is not healthy for you, as about 50% of the air you breathe in your house comes from your crawl space. The dampness makes for the right environment for dust mites and mold spores to grow.
- Is it normal for a crawl space to smell musty?
- No, it is not! You need to determine the cause of the smell, which is probably mold. Anything causing a smell is making its way into your home, and you are breathing it in! Do get a crawl space specialist to investigate for you. If there is mold growing, you need to kill the mold and then address what is making your crawl space moist enough for mold to grow.