No More Creepy Crawl Space: here are some Reasons to Encapsulate

Cobwebs, spiders, mice, and dirt. Moisture evaporating from the ground. Outdoor air coming in through crawl space vents, old insulation. All of these things allow scary specimens like mold spores, rot, and structural deterioration to make their way into your crawl space, making it look much more creepy than clean. Bam Basements and Masons of Des Moines, offers solutions to all of your crawl space problems! Here are some tips to keep your space looking a little less scary:


Water damaged crawl space

I know you don’t want to go down into the crawl space. It’s probably gross down there, somewhere in the range from “creepy” to “smelly” so it’s understandable, but you don’t have to spend your days avoiding it, or worse yet, worrying about what’s happening down there.

Let's take a look at the benefits of Crawl Space encapsulation:

Benefits of Crawl Space Waterproofing

  • Reduce moisture and mustiness


  • Reduces likelihood danger of mold


  • Increase energy efficiency


  • Improve air quality


  • Reduce insects and other pests


  • You can save on average 15%-25% on heating and cooling



Comfort in your Home

Your floors will be warmer. Your house will be warmer. In the winter, that is. In the summer, everything will stay cooler. When you encapsulate a crawl space, the benefits are twofold: You protect the crawl space from the outdoors, but you also protect the house from the crawl space. This means that your home isn’t as affected by the ground temperature, which means that it’s less prone to wild temperature swings.


Mold Safety and Air quality

Ambient moisture in your crawl space leads to mold, which can affect your safety in multiple ways. It rots the support beams, which leads to sagging and collapsing floors. Mold spores also affect the air quality in your home, which can lead to allergies and asthma, or exacerbate pre-existing conditions. By installing an encapsulating crawl space system in, it’s protected from moisture, which means there’s no chance for mold to grow.


Save Money and energy

With your home free from the effects of the ground temperature on your crawl space, you’ll notice fewer temperature swings, which means your HVAC system will get a break – and so will your energy bills. And if you decide to move, an encapsulated, energy efficient crawl space can increase the value of your home.


Less creepy

I’m not going to say, “not creepy,” because it’s a tunnel under your home, so it’s inherently a little creepy. But instead of a dark, bumpy, dirty abyss you must navigate, imagine a flat, clean, bright white surface that both protects from dirt and naturally enhances visibility. A space free of bugs, mystery puddles, and all the dirt.


Signs you need Crawl Space Waterproofing

  • Stagnant water in your crawl space.


  • Annoying bugs and rodents inside your home.


  • Air in your house is significantly moist.

  • Energy bills are high. The crawl space is sending unheated or uncooled air into your home, forcing your heating and cooling system to work harder.


  • Floors are sloping. Sagging floors in your home indicate that your wooden beam support system may be at risk. A wet crawl space can ruin your support beams. If your beams start to decay, then your floors will begin to droop.


More space for Storage

Once your crawl space is water, dirt, and bug-free, surprise! You’ve created storage space. The amount will vary based on the size of your crawl space. Store seasonal decorations, sentimental things you never use but can’t part with, and a myriad of other items down there, and free up precious closet space upstairs.


Peace of mind

Don’t underestimate how stressed out you are by what’s happening under your home. Once you don’t have to wonder – because the answer is a peaceful “nothing” – you’ll realize how much time you spent fixing, or avoiding, the minor and major problems created by your crawl space.


Choosing a company for your Crawl Space waterproofing

Crawl space encapsulation goes beyond a weekend do-it-yourself project. It’s a wise choice to hire a Waterproofing expert to do the job right the first time. Deciding to hire an expert is a big decision, but so is choosing to waterproof your basement or crawl space. To find the right contractor you want to do your homework and check out their reviews. Look for references, also look for a company who offers limited warranties. If your waterproofing expert has been servicing local homes for a while, that’s a good indicator that they’ll still be there if you need them in the future. Get some estimates, have a few companies come out and talk with you and provide quotes.


The Bam Way of Crawl Space Waterproofing


  • Removing and disposing of debris in the crawl space


  • Resolving water leakage if there is any

  • Install a sump pump for underground drainage


  • Installing a vapor barrier on the floor and walls


  • Seal the vents and other outside air leaks


  • Install a dehumidifier


Here at BAM basements and Masons of Des Moines we pride ourselves on delivering every consideration to total customer satisfaction with the highest quality workmanship, and limited lifetime warranties, having over 100 years combined of expertise on waterproofing, we are locally founded, owned, and operated. Call us for all your waterproofing needs and we will find a customized solution to fit your home’s needs. BAM Basements and Masons of Des Moines is your premier basement egress window company serving the Des Moines, Iowa area. If you’re located in Des Moines, Ankeny, Bondurant, Altoona, Pleasant hill, Ames, Adel, Waukee, Indianola, Grimes, Urbandale, Johnston, West Des Moines, or the surrounding areas, we’re the place to call.

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