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Realtors – Be Careful Who You Refer!

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Has This Ever Happened to You?

Recently we were called out to look at a crawl space that was encapsulated by a competitor less than a year ago. This crawl space was under contract to be sold last year and the buyer's realtor recommended that this company (which will go nameless) do the job. Well, they did not do a very good job and now the realtor feels horrible, but the buyers who now own the home are paying for it. Plus, the crawl space repair company the realtor recommended is now out of business, so there is no recourse to fixing the crawl space. Has this ever happened to you?

We Fix Crawl Space Correctly or Not at All

I am sure you have probably referred someone that did not quite do the job you were expecting them to do for your friend, relative or client. Hey, we've all been there, but to refer a company simply because they are cheaper to help the sale to go through is not a good way to choose who you refer to take care of your client’s crawl space. Therefore, we have the “We do it right, or we don't do it all” philosophy.

It Only Cost $3,000

Crawl space encapsulation cost can vary greatly depending on the size of the crawl space and the options you choose to have done. Some people can get things done for $3000, while others may take $20,000. Also, according to HomeAdvisor.com, the national average of crawl space encapsulation ranges from $5,000 to $15,000, and that does not include mold remediation.

Crawl Space Vapor Barrier

Installing vapor barrier is one of the least expensive options for crawl space encapsulation, but if you need a sump pump and trench along with mold removal and insulation, well, I'm sure you get the point. The only problem with a vapor barrier only approach is that the plastic installed in a crawl space is only one part of the crawl space encapsulation process. Dehumidification along with insulation is certainly needed although often not recommended by crawl space repair contractors.

Cat Urine Vapor Barrier

Not only did this homeowner waste $3000 on horrible work that did not fix anything, they also installed a crawl space vapor barrier that is now currently making their home smell like cat urine. Imagine spending $3000 on something only to have to have it removed so that you could get it done right.

Crawl Space Encapsulation Referral Relationship

I hope that if you are referring people to fix your friends and relatives crawl spaces, that you will certainly refer Crawl Space Ninja. We are now servicing the Knoxville and Chattanooga Areas for your convenience with Franchises coming soon near you. If you are a realtor, heating and air professional, plumber, home inspector or any other profession that is looking to build a great long-lasting relationship with a crawl space encapsulation company, we hope you will consider us because we do it right, or we don't do it at all.

Crawl Space Encapsulation Reviews

As of the writing of this article, Crawl Space Ninja currently has 108 5-Star Google Reviews. We take great pride in our reviews and we also take great pride in our work. Do we make mistakes? Absolutely, but we take the time to fix our mistakes and to make sure that our customers are very happy. This is why we always offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee that I don't think you will find with other crawl space repair companies in our area. Please click here to contact us if you would like to build a referral relationship or if you need someone to take a look at your crawl space.

About Michael Church

Michael Church has been involved with indoor air quality since 2005 and feels the unhealthy crawl space is one of the major problems causing poor indoor air quality.


  1. Anthony Razzi on September 25, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    When or do you have anyone in the 08234 zip code area that does encapsulating in craw spaces

    • Michael Church on September 26, 2020 at 2:52 pm

      I am so sorry but as of now we don’t have anyone or recommend anyone in that area.

  2. Mona Medders on October 10, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Do you serve zip code area 30189?

  3. TMS on November 12, 2020 at 9:31 am


    I’m hoping that you can offer your insight – I’ve watched several of your YouTube videos. Thank you! So I’ve been dealing with a crawlspace company in my area and they did a piss poor job and did not encapsulate as promised (and I paid). Now, I am expecting them to fix the job properly, basically rip up all they did (lay down pool liner, no encapsulation/foam/etc) and move the sump pump. The manager told me it’s not a good idea to move the sump pump, which was placed in the highest point of the crawlspace, not lowest. How does your company feel about moving sump pumps? Any insight is appreciated.

    • Michael Church on December 4, 2020 at 12:15 pm

      Hello, we recently moved a sump pump for one of our customers in Clinton, TN. It is not easy work but placement of the sump pump is crucial. The homeowner felt it would perform better in a different location so that’s what we decided to do to make sure they were satisfied with our work.

  4. Celia Sorbello on January 22, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Do you service south New Jersey since your located in the Delaware area ??

    • Michael Church on January 27, 2022 at 12:19 pm

      I am sorry right now we do not service that area.

  5. Bradley on April 8, 2023 at 2:16 am

    My father-in-law installed radon and vapor barriers professionally for a number of years. We plan to hire him to do this work in our home. My concern comes from the fact that we do not have a sump pump installed in our crawlspace. We don’t necessarily take on water although sometimes the crawlspace floor can be a little damp. We are also unsure if we will need a dehumidifier since will have a high-end radon system, running at all times,. Should we consider installing a sump pump prior to my father-in-law doing this work or will that not really be necessary since the radon system will suck a lot of moisture out from underneath the vapor barrier? Also, is it critical that we seal off all of the vents in our crawlspace?

    • Michael Church on April 19, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      We always recommend a sump pump if the floor of the crawl space is lower than the outside dirt according to the recommendation from HUD.gov because of the water table that could rise up in the crawl space. I would seal the vents and install a dehumidifier but that could be done later after you see if the radon system was able to lower the humidity to an acceptable level below 60%. I did this video a while back and many of the comments I received was the radon system was not able to get the humidity below 60% on a regular basis?

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