Crawl space cleaning costs can be difficult to calculate because it depends on a number of different factors. Depending on the type of cleaning involved, the size of the crawl space and even your location, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $20,000 to have your crawl space cleaned.
This is obviously a huge range and doesn’t give you an accurate understanding of how much it really costs to clean crawl space. In fact, it can vary greatly depending on the area that you live in and the type of house you need to be cleaned.
Even at the lower end, paying around $1,000 to have your crawl space cleaned can sound extremely steep. So is it really worth it in the end? And can you pinpoint the costs of crawl space cleaning to get a better estimate? Let’s find out.
Why should I clean my crawl space?
Your crawl space is an essential component of your home that can often be invaded by rodents. This is where cleaning can help minimize the risk of pests holing up in your home and invading it. However, crawl space cleaning can also help you examine the space while also inspecting it for foundation problems. Your home sits on a foundation that is supposed to be secure and sturdy. If it’s not, then it can quickly lead to structural issues that will manifest in things such as leaks, cracks and even a roof collapse if you’re unlucky.
This is why cleaning your crawl space is important–it allows you to identify structural issues that could ruin your home, but also helps you clean up any insect and rodent damage that might affect you.
What’s involved in a crawl space repair and clean?
Crawl spaces can be costly to clean, especially if your crawl space is large, difficult to access or the problem is widespread. One thing that can drastically increase your cleaning costs is requiring multiple services. For instance, if you just need your crawl space cleaned because it’s a new home, then you can expect to pay even less than $1,000 to have it fully cleaned by a professional. However, if the inspector has noticed water damage, structural damage or even molding support beams, then they need to take immediate action in order to protect your home.
Not only does taking immediate action cost more money, but they also need to use specialized skills and equipment in order to safely repair your crawl space and fix any outstanding issues. The more problems your crawl space has, the more you’ll have to pay to have it repaired, fixed and cleaned.
Lastly, you might also be recommended some preventative measures to help keep your crawl space free from issues in the future. For example, if your area frequently experiences flooding, then you might be recommended some anti-flooding measures that will prevent water from collecting in your crawl space. This may include the installation of a new water management solution that helps ensure your crawl space doesn’t flood.
The costs of cleaning and repairing your crawl space
Let’s take a look at the costs of cleaning and repairing your crawl space. To start, here are some of the most common types of crawl space repairs and how much they generally cost.
- Foundation Damage – $1,500 – $7,000
- Water Damage – $1,000 – $4,500
- Insulation Fixes – $1,000 – $4,500
- Structural Problems – $1,500 – $4,500
- Encapsulating Crawl Space – $1,500 – $20,000
- Pests and Rodents – $200 – $5,000
These are some rough estimations of how much it can cost to repair certain crawl space issues. The prices can change drastically depending on your personal circumstances, such as how large your crawl space is and if cleaning will be required before the repairs can be carried out.
Crawl space foundation repair costs
A crawl space foundation repair can be rather costly depending on how much it needs to be cleaned before the foundation repairs take place. In some cases, the foundation repairs can be time-consuming and expensive due to the amount of damage they have suffered. We estimate that fixing a sinking foundation can cost anywhere from $1,500 to over $7,000 depending on the severity of the issue.
Crawl space water damage repair costs
Water damage can range from extremely severe to light depending on the circumstances. You can expect to pay upwards of $4,500 or more if there is severe flooding, but the costs of repairing water damage could be as low as $1,000.
One way to prevent water damage in the future is to consider encapsulation and waterproofing. We recommend these options if your area sees regular flooding as it could save you thousands in repair and cleaning costs. Encapsulation can cost anywhere from $1,500 for a small crawl space to over $20,000 for a large area.
Crawl space insulation removal
If you’ve recently experienced flooding or just haven’t checked your crawl space for a while, then you might notice that the insulation isn’t working as well as intended. In this situation, removing the insulation or replacing it with something more workable is a good choice. You can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to over $4,500 if you need to replace or upgrade your insulation.
Crawl space pest and rodent infestations
Removing pest and rodent infestations will usually cost anywhere between $200 and $500. This is usually a quick process and often includes a light clean of your crawl space while removing the rodents. However, if you plan to seal your crawl space and prevent rodents from getting back inside in the future, then you could pay upwards of $5,000 or more for a full pest removal service. This is recommended if it’s not the first time that you’ve had to call an expert to have your crawl space cleaned or pests removed.
For more information about crawl space cleaning and prices, don’t hesitate to contact us today at Healthy Crawls for a free quote.