Maybe you noticed him around the house and thought nothing of it. It is just a cute little raccoon and it doesn’t seem to be bothering anything, right? Then one day, you noticed that a screen in your foundation vent was open and watched that cute little raccoon run right through it and under your house. Deciding you better check this out, you crouch down and look through the vent to find your subfloor insulation in tatters. Air ducts are hanging, shredded to pieces and the vapor barrier is littered with feces. Unfortunately, this happens all too frequently in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, WA area when a raccoon or opossum get in your crawl space and they can do an immense amount of damage. So, your crawl space is destroyed and you need to know what to do next.
How To Clean Up After A Raccoon
We get asked all the time about crawlspace and basement waterproofing systems. Maybe you saw a waterproofing project on TV or heard an advertisement on the radio and it piqued your interest. So, what does waterproofing actually mean, how much does it cost and is waterproofing a good idea in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area?
What Is Crawl Space Waterproofing? Crawl Space waterproofing (also called “Crawl Space Encapsulation”) has some variations, but a typical system consists of trenching and drainage to allow moisture to be collected into a sump pump and discharged out of the space.
Here in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area, we live in a very wet place. Our homes are pummeled with rain throughout the year and, unfortunately, some of that water sticks around. Water accumulation in the crawl space underneath our homes is a major concern that can wreak extensive damage to the structural components of your house. As a drainage contractor in the Portland Metro area, I see homes all the time that have serious issues with standing water and design drainage systems to rectify these issues.
A vapor barrier (also called a “moisture barrier”) serves an important purpose underneath your home. A crawl space is a damp, dark place that provides the perfect setting for moisture related problems to arise. This is especially true in the Pacific Northwest where we get such an excessive amount of rain throughout the year. As a drainage contractor serving the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA area, we get a lot of questions regarding the installation of vapor barriers. Here are some commonly asked questions if you are considering having this service done.
How Much Does It Cost To Have A Vapor Barrier Installed?