Older homes usually have a crawl space in place of a basement. It is similar to, but much smaller than a basement and is vented to the outside allowing air to circulate underneath the property. Though a crawl space cannot be used as a living space, it can be used as storage. Typically, crawl spaces are dark, damp, dusty, and home to different kinds of insects and rodents. Crawl spaces are also connected to the vital structures of a house which support the walls and floors, as well as housing electrical wiring and plumbing. A problem in the crawl space, if not addressed right away, can spread to the rest of the house as they are connected.

Water damage is the usual cause of problems in crawl spaces. A humid climate can create excessive moisture in a crawl space and can become a breeding ground for mildew and molds. If left untreated, it will affect the quality of the air you are breathing at home. It can also lead to insect infestation, rotting floors and beams, and an increase in energy bills. Guardian Foundation Repair offers first class repair service options for your crawl space. Furthermore, we offer a  solution to help prevent crawl space damage by installing crawl space encapsulation.


Encapsulation is used to reduce the moisture issues in your crawl space. It works by completely sealing your crawl space with a heavy-duty polyethylene barrier and tape. Once your space is completely sealed, you are required to install either a dehumidifier (the most commonly used appliance), air supply from an HVAC system, or a small exhaust fan. These are installed to regulate the moisture in the air and to maintain a healthy humidity level. Encapsulating should be an investment to all homeowners who have crawl spaces. The benefits of investing in this are:

Improves Indoor Air Quality – crawl space encapsulation prevents excessive moisture and dramatically reduces the possibility of mildew and molds growing, meaning the indoor air you breathe is better quality and less harmful to your health.

Protects Your Property – encapsulating your crawl space and preventing excessive moisture also prevents your wooden framing from rotting and your floors from buckling. It also acts as a barrier to keep insects and rodents away.

Reduces Energy Bills – by sealing your crawl space, it seals the air in your home and keeps it cold during the summer and warm during the winter. No need to amp up your air conditioner and heater. It can reduce your energy costs between 15% to 18% annually.

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Guardian Foundation Repair offers premier foundation services in Knoxville, Tennessee. We pride ourselves at being the best, as we choose to specialize in home foundations. If you have a crawl space in your home, do not hesitate any longer to invest in encapsulation services. The longer your crawl space is unprotected, the more problems may arise, which could cost you more money than installing crawl space encapsulation.

Call us today for a free inspection of your crawl space. A specialist will visit your home to check if there are any existing problems in your crawl space before we begin the process of encapsulation. We are upfront with our estimates and expected costs because we value our relationship with every client. Encapsulate your crawl space and breathe better air starting today!


What Is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a small pump sunk into the ground of the basement or lowest level of the house. It is used to pump water up and out of the basement before it can cause damage to the home. The water is frequently directed to an area outside the home where it can be safely carried away, such as a storm drain, dry well or sewer system.

How Does It Work?

A Channel is dug around the perimeter of the home, just outside the edge of the basement. This channel is usually part of a full, basement waterproofing system and directs any water that may enter the building to the pit where the sump pump resides.

When water inside the dug pit reaches a pre-determined level, the pump automatically switches on, pumping the water out of the pit and sending it through a hose or pipe to the outdoors.

When You Need a Sump Pump

Not every home requires a sump pump, and digging the channel and pit needed to install one can be a pricey endeavor if you do not. For those who do need one, however, it can save you thousands in repairs.

History of Flooding

If water has found its way into your home once before, you can rest assured that it will find its way in again. Even if there was no prior history of flooding before the first flood, if water has managed to penetrate, you need a sump pump, preferably either near where the water entered, or with a channel near the entry site that directs to the sump pit.

High Water Table

If the water table outside your home is higher than the basement, then you may be at risk for future flooding, or for moisture problems in the basement. As part of your basement’s waterproofing, a sump pump can help to channel and direct any moisture that enters, sending it back out where it belongs.

Excessive Ground Water

If the ground around your home becomes waterlogged during storms, a sump pump can help drain away some of this excess water before it has a chance to do damage to your home’s foundation. Special channels can be dug that will help the pump eliminate this water.