Dependable Crawl Space Encapsulation in Nebraska
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At Groundworks Omaha, we believe in the benefits for your home that come with transforming your dark, damp crawl space. Properly sealing the space against the elements and unwanted pests creates a healthy environment for everyone under your roof. An additional bonus is that an encapsulated crawl space will add square footage for storage space in your Omaha home, that was previously unusable!
For more than 30 years, Groundworks Omaha has offered a variety of solutions that can help ensure your crawl space stays dry, while meeting your home improvement goals. With Omaha’s silt-loam soil, humid weather, and year-round precipitation, it’s important to choose a company that lives and works in the area to understand the unique conditions.
Here’s a look at some of the tailored solutions that our professionals at Groundworks Omaha can offer you. Learn more about these solutions below.
Crawl Space Repair Solutions
Crawl Space Encapsulation
Encapsulating your crawl space will prevent and seal out moisture coming in from the outside. Typically, this process includes installing a crawl space vapor barrier, closing crawl space vents, and installing a drainage system.
A crawl space sump pump allows you to pump out water that has entered your crawl space regardless of the cause. Making moisture problems a thing of the past.
Insulating your crawl space is an important element. Especially for homes in the Omaha area where drastic temperature swings occur commonly, and winters are freezing cold.
Crawl Space Dehumidifier
After sealing the area, a crawl space dehumidifier will help ensure your crawl space remains at a specific humidity level.
Crawl Space Supports
If joists and beams are sagging, it may be time to implement crawl space supports. The SettleStop IntelliJack™ System replaces failing support with heavy-duty crawl space jacks to repair structural damage.
CrawlSeal™ Vapor Barrier
Protect your crawl space from water with CrawlSeal™, a durable vapor barrier liner designed to keep moisture out of your home.
Common Crawl Space Problems That Affect Your Whole Home
With Omaha’s high humidity, year-round precipitation, and silt-sand soil, it’s no surprise homeowners who live above an untreated crawl space deal with issues year-round.
Mostly considered out of sight, out of mind, the space below your floors actually has a huge impact on your home’s structural integrity and the living environment upstairs.
Your home is a system, and every part of that system plays a significant role. If your crawl space has a mold, wood rot, or a pest problem, you’re going notice problem signs throughout the house.
The main reason for this is called the ‘stack effect.’ Although the term may seem overwhelming, it boils down to how air is circulated throughout your home.
Since hot air rises, air that is sucked in through the crawl space travels through your home until it is released through the roof. Even the most insulated roofs see about a 50 percent air loss. To make up for this loss, a suction is created that sucks air into the crawl space and up through your home, where the cycle repeats.
That means problem signs in the crawl space do not stay in the crawl space. Humid air, mold, and mildew spores affect your family’s health. Leading to allergies, respiratory problems and kicking asthma into high gear. Musty odors are also common, as well as increased humidity, as well as other pests and bugs since a humid, dark space is their ideal environment.
Mildew and mold cause more than just health problems for you and your loved ones. Mold also weakens the strength of wood by eating away at it. Since your crawl space is supported mainly by wood, this presents a serious problem. Wood rot will devour the supports below your home unless the root cause of the problem is completely addressed. Water and high humidity levels allow mold and wood rot to fester, causing sagging, sinking, spongy, or uneven floors. You’ll also notice floor and wall cracks, sticking doors and windows, and gaps around window frames. All these crawl space problem signs steal value from your home and put your loved ones at risk.
The reason behind all the previously mentioned problem signs is water or humidity issues. Installing an efficient crawl space waterproofing system eliminates the root cause, excessive moisture. Water will always find a way into your home if there are any weak points throughout. Since most crawl spaces have a dirt or sand floor, groundwater pooling is the most common entry point. But even after the flooding has been eliminated, the humid air causes condensation, leading to constant moisture issues and providing the perfect environment for mold growth and pest infestations.
Look for any standing or pooling water, wet or dark areas on the foundation walls, and condensation on pipes and floor joists. The high humidity levels, silt-sand soil, and constant rain or snow make Omaha homeowners especially vulnerable.
Groundworks Omaha Crawl Space Quality Solutions
Crawl space repair isn’t always easy, but it is always important. Especially in an area like Omaha where environmental issues can add to your crawl space failing. With the odds against you, it’s important to choose a crawl space repair company that has years of experience and the expertise to get the job done right. Groundworks Omaha is a local company with national backing, allowing them the knowledge and flexibility to develop the best solutions for your crawl space repair.
Groundworks Omaha’s exclusive crawl space encapsulation process seals your crawl space from outside air and moisture and incorporates it into the envelope of the home. This typically means adding a high-quality vapor barrier, wall insulation, and a drainage system.
If you think crawl space encapsulation is what you need, acting quickly to seal your Omaha area home can save you time and money in the long run.
Encapsulation Process in Your Omaha Crawl Space
Waterproofing: Sump Pump & Drainage
A common problem in crawl spaces throughout the Omaha area is flooding. Combining rain and snowmelt, the area receives well over the national precipitation average meaning the soil is commonly very wet. Because of this, it makes sense that the first issue tackled is installing interior drainage and a sump pump.
Although not all crawl spaces need a sump pump, your inspector will work with you to determine if a sump pump meets your waterproofing needs. A CrawlDrain™ is another great option for Omaha homeowners. It is installed on the crawl space floor and collects water from any possible leaking, such as plumbing or HVAC. Drainage matting is also placed directly on the floor and directs water to the sump pump where it is pumped out and away from the home.
Moisture Control: CrawlSeal™ Vapor Barrier
A crawl space vapor barrier is installed to keep moisture out of the crawl space. Groundworks Omaha utilizes a 20-mil crawl space vapor barrier, the thickest available, to ensure no rips or tears will occur. This liner is used on both the crawl space floor and walls.
Our team will seal any additional openings, including crawl space vents and leaking crawl space doors. Installing crawl space vents is an old building practice which is known to cause major problems and should be sealed immediately.
Crawl Space Wall Insulation in Omaha
In the Omaha area, where the summers are hot and humid and winters are freezing cold, crawl space insulation is essential to your Omaha crawl space’s health. An untreated crawl space often has wet, dirty, or torn insulation. Insulation in this form offers no benefits to Omaha homeowners.
Groundworks Omaha’s crawl space insulation is a rigid foam board that is an ideal choice for crawl space wall insulation. ExtremeBloc™ has an incredible R-value of 11, and meets Class A fire code. This wall panel transforms your crawl space into an energy-efficient network and keeps your home at a consistent, comfortable temperature.
Repairing Omaha’s Uneven Crawl Space Floors
When mold and wood rot cause uneven floors, sloping issues, and steals value from your home, Groundworks Omaha has the solution.
SettleStop IntelliJack™ provides support for sagging and weakened foundation beams, restoring structural stability and potentially straightening sagging floors.
Because of its cutting-edge design, SettleStop IntelliJack™ can be adjusted to meet the needs of your home and provide additional lift when necessary. These supports work in conjunction with the encapsulation process, allowing you to repair the root cause of water and humidity while solving the serious structural problem that has resulted.
Omaha Energy-Efficient Dehumidifiers
Although a dehumidifier cannot be a stand-alone solution to solve your humid crawl space problems, it does play an intricate part in the repairing of your crawl space. After encapsulation, it’s still possible for your home and the area around it to have high levels of moisture. Considering Omaha averages 70 percent humidity levels in the summer, it’s very probable.
Groundwork Omaha’s cutting-edge dehumidifier is the best choice for your home. It is specially designed for use in a crawl space and removes more water from the air than units found at big box stores. The self-activating, self-draining unit filters and cleans the air, all while saving you money on your energy bills.
Repair Solutions for Omaha’s Crawl Space Problems
Groundworks Omaha is dedicated to making sure the structural integrity of your home, and the health of your crawl space is as stable as possible. The team at Groundworks Omaha has more than 30 years of experience and will not only provide exceptional service but will help you understand your home better.
Groundworks Omaha is the leading crawl space repair provider in the area. We provide customers with a free inspection and same-day written quotes for their home’s tailored solutions. With our flexible financing options and long-term warranties, there’s no reason not to contact us.
Call or fill out our online contact form for your free inspection.