Crawl Space Mathis Exterminating

Crawl Space Cleaning and Repair in Washington State

When it comes to home maintenance, your crawl space is one area of the home that may not get the proper attention because it’s not a place you visit often. Ensure your crawl space is free of debris, pests, and damage. Choose Mathis Exterminating, Puget Sound’s experts in crawl space cleaning, repair, and restoration.

What Is a Crawl Space?

A crawl space is a hollow area beneath your home. It is usually just large enough for someone to enter by crawling—thus the name. Your crawl space may be found beneath the ground and first floor. Its purpose is to elevate your home off the ground and is a convenient place for air conditioning, ductwork, plumbing, and electrical wiring.

Due to the high moisture that occurs with rainfall in the Pacific Northwest, a crawl space may make more sense than a concrete slab foundation or basement. Many homes in our area contain crawl spaces for this reason. In addition, it can make resolving plumbing or electrical issues easier, particularly if they would otherwise require an excavation. Because crawl spaces are often dark, cramped, and can be musty, most homeowners don’t spend a lot of time there.

Rodents In Crawl Space

Why Should I Clean My Crawl Space?

Since up to 40 percent of the area we breathe inside our homes originates from the crawl space, it must be kept clean. The humidity and dampness of the Pacific Northwest can create issues like water damage, mold, dry rot, and decay. Animals such as rodents or raccoons also love crawl spaces for warmth, shelter, and safety they can provide. When these animals take refuge in your crawl space, they can leave traces of their presence like urine, feces, and damaged insulation or wood. All these issues add up to potential safety and structural problems with your home.

Crawl Space Insulation

How Do You Clean a Crawl Space?

At Mathis Exterminating, we focus on a comprehensive approach to crawl space cleaning and repair/restoration. It starts with a thorough, free crawl space inspection. We will look for the following:
  • Signs of rodent damage
  • Water/moisture damage or dry rot
  • Damage to the insulation or vapor barrier
  • Plumbing and electrical damage
  • Vents or entry points invasive animals may use
  • Termites or other insect activity and damage
If any of the above items are found, we will clean your crawl space. This involves the removal of any animal feces or urine as well as damaged insulation. Any mold will be cleaned and removed, and the entire space will be disinfected and decontaminated. In many of these cases, your crawl space will require restoration and repair. This involves dehumidifying the crawl space, removing moisture or pooled water, adding insulation to plumbing, and repairing or replacing insulation and vapor barriers. For more intensive damage additional work may be required—including the hiring of a contractor for these extensive repairs. Pest control is also an important component of keeping your crawl space free of damage. We may also install a crawl space access door for easier cleaning and repairs in the future.
Crawl Space Cobwebs

What About Rodents in My Crawl Space?

Because rodents search relentlessly for food and habitats, they are common culprits for crawl space damage. And because they cause continual damage, we offer rodent exclusion programs to keep them out. Rodent exclusion works because it eliminates the possibility of a return by identifying possible entry points and installing a steel and copper mesh in those areas, particularly around access doors or vent. In addition to keeping rodents out of your crawl space, it will help keep them out of your home.

Request Your Free Estimate and Inspection Today

Crawl spaces are common in the greater Seattle and Puget Sound areas, which is why it is important to have your crawl space inspected if you think there may be an issue. Our experts are trained in all steps of crawl space cleaning and restoration. To learn more about crawl space services and pest control in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, or Bremerton, contact us today or request a free estimate using the form below.

Crawl Space Entrance

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