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How You Can Avoid $1,000s in Damages with Crawlspace Waterproofing

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

a home being built, exposing the structural support with plastic sheets covering everything Encapsulation Helps Avoid Water Damage

Water and Mold Damage causes $100,000s in damages to homes and businesses in Parkersburg, WV and surrounding areas each year. This damage can come from an array of different scenarios such as Storm Damage, spigot flooding or water heater bursts. Now here’s another area for water damage that you can prepare for and avoid A LOT of heartache: Crawlspace Water Proofing.

What is Crawlspace Water Proofing?

The crawlspace is the area of limited height under the floor or above the roof. This area gives access to wiring and plumbing.

Why is this important for waterproofing?

Your crawlspace can collect water from many ways such as small leaks or moisture build up. When this build up occurs you start developing mold or water damage that weakens the structural integrity of your home or business.

Waterproofing through encapsulation stops the water from penetrating or absorbing into the structural components.

What is Encapsulation?

Encapsulation is a process that uses 12mm thick sheets of poly to cover the surfaces such as walls, flooring and ground. This poly (thick plastic) acts as a non-penetratable surface, stopping water from absorbing into the surfaces. If the water absorbed into the surface it can deteriorate the structural integrity of your home and/or create toxic black mold. If this was to happen damages can be well above $20,000 in damages depending on how early you capture it.

Why Prevention is always cheaper than Cure

As we mention in all of these blogs, your prevention will always be much cheaper than fixing the problem when it occurs. Think of it like this:

  • You notice you have a problem
  • You call someone to look at it
  • They notice there’s been a build up of water and mold, now you need to have this resolved.
  • You need to pay over $20,000 in structure rehabilitation, as well as mold remediation (could be anything from $1,000-$10,000) to make your home free from mold.
  • You are now concerned about it happening again, so you will get encapsulation to save yourself from future problems.

Now lets look at the prevention option:

  • You pay for the encapsulation.
  • You don’t have the issue of water damages or mold surprising you.

In the second option, you’re now saving a lot of money, heart aches and headaches.

Please, save yourself from the heartaches and headaches. Life is short and we at SERVPRO would love for you to not need to call us to solve water damages or mold.

Keep safe!

From the team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties

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