Don’t find dirty crawls attractive? Get Proactive!
A clean, healthy home starts beneath your floor.
With our crawl space encapsulation, we can turn your damp, dirty crawl space into a cleaner, healthier environment.
Damp Dirty Crawlspaces:
- Promote mold growth
- Reduce the structural integrity of wood joists and subflooring
- Give pests and rodents the perfect place to live, thrive, and reproduce
- Create a favorable environment for termites and other wood destroying organisms
- Can lead to the swelling of doors and windows
- Lead to air quality issues, which can transfer into the main living areas of the home
Benefits of our Crawl Space Encapsulation:
- Creates a healthier, cleaner environment
- Helps prevent mold and wood rot
- Creates additional room for clean, dry storage underneath your home
- Regulates moisture and humidity to promote longevity of the structure
- Creates a clean workspace for home maintenance and service professionals
- Takes away the excess moisture, hiding places, and harborage that insects are seeking
- Improves air quality
Why Choose Proactive?
- Graduate of IICRC WRT – Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Licensed in WDO (Wood Destroying Organisms) and HPC
- Over 400+ great online reviews
- Voted ‘Best of Gwinnett’ 6 years in a row by your neighbors and friends! 2015-2020
- Voted ‘Best of Athens’ 2 years in a row.
- Licensed and insured
- We are a small family-owned and operated business with a strong emphasis on customer service, and doing the job correctly!
- Our company provides crawl space encapsulation, as well as termite protection. We know how to protect you from both, without voiding your termite warranty!
What we do differently
Some crawl space companies install their wall liner plastic all the way up to the sill plate. Doing so does not allow for termite inspectors to adequately inspect your home for termite activity. Our crawl space specialists leave a termite inspection gap under the sill plate to allow for proper inspection.
Most crawl space companies install a foam board insulator behind the wall liner, or apply spray foam to the rim joist as part of the encapsulation process. Applying foam will likely void your existing termite warranty, or will prevent you from being able to obtain an adequate termite treatment / warranty in the future, essentially making your home unprotectable. Georgia is a MAJOR termite hot zone. Do you really want to take that chance?
Being knowledgeable in termite standards and regulations, our company does not apply spray foam to rim joists, or install foam insulation behind wall liners. With Proactives’ Crawl Space Encapsulation, your home can be correctly protected from both mold AND termites! Why sacrifice one for the other?
Description of Crawl Space Services:
Crawl Space Encapsulation:
Crawl space encapsulation starts with the prepping of the ground, including the removal of any old poly, fallen down insulation, sharp rocks, and other debris. The crawl space is then sealed using a technique that involves lining the foundation walls, piers, and floor with specially constructed sheets of thick plastic. Vents will be sealed off as well.
Crawl space encapsulation can help to create a cleaner and healthier indoor environment, and can also help improve the efficiency of your home.
Crawl space encapsulation is typically done in conjunction with the installation of a dehumidifier.
Crawl spaces and homes need to maintain a healthy level of relative humidity (RH). The first step to achieving this is to perform a crawl space encapsulation. The second step to achieving this is to install a professional grade dehumidifier in the crawl. Our crawl space experts can determine the exact model and size of dehumidifier needed for your home.
Mold can grow anywhere in the crawl space, including behind insulation, or even on insulation. In order to do soda blasting, the insulation must first be removed and disposed of.
Soda Blasting is the process of removing mold from the crawl space using mechanical means. It involves the use of a professional grade soda blasting machine, and lots of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). Baking Soda is known to kill mold, but also removes it with its abrasiveness and being applied at high pressure. Soda blasting should be followed up with a disinfectant being applied to the wood. Mold that is settled deeper into the wood will not be removed by soda blasting alone.
All existing insulation will need to be removed and disposed of prior to soda blasting.
Soda blasting and disinfecting will help remove existing mold. Sealing the wood, encapsulation, and installing a dehumidifier will help create a cleaner and healthier crawl, helping to prevent any future mold growth.
After soda blasting is completed, a liquid non-toxic antimicrobial disinfectant is applied to all of the wood surfaces in the crawl. Soda Blasting as a stand-alone method may not always remove mold that is seated deeper into the wood. The disinfectant helps to remediate any remaining mold. It also helps to control musty odors that typically accompany mold problems.
Our commercial grade disinfectant is perfect for residential and commercial applications. It contains no bleach, ammonia, or VOC’s, and is the perfect product to use around individuals with chemical sensitivities.
Last but not least, seal the wood to keep moisture out!
After the wood in your crawl space is soda blasted and disinfected, an anti-microbial coating (sealer) is applied to the wood surfaces in your crawl. This can be applied by hand, or with an airless spray system.
Our commercial grade mold resistant clear coat sealer is non-hazardous, and is ideal for residential, industrial, commercial, hospital, and school applications. It has excellent water resistance, and is highly resistant to staining caused by chemicals, mold, or mildew.