What is going on my dear, dear water damage, Denver compadres today on the big foot restoration podcast of gold, we are going to discuss, he had another little intricacy that big foot can help out with that you might not otherwise think of as far as what sorts of services we offer so many times and totally legitimately you think of bigfoot as a water damaged Denver Restoration Company, one that would come in and assess a water loss, identify and eliminate the source and get things dried out properly and efficiently. You would be true if you felt like that was what we do and you might say, well, in addition to water damage, Denver problems, they also take care of fire damage, smoke damage, mold, and you would also be incredibly right with those statements or thoughts or feelings.

But in addition to those things, we also are able to help out with a number of other little odds and ends services that may or may not be hard to find other water damage Denver companies to do or maybe even a general contractor. You know, the, a lot of these things are simply jobs that, you know, it takes a little bit of experience or maybe a lot of bits of experiences. It takes some savvy, some street-smart, some technical knowledge, some book knowledge, all those things before simple things as containment. Um, and the one that we’ll talk about today is vapor barriers in crawl spaces and the need to have those in just about every crawl space or, um, you know, if you’ve got a basement that maybe hovers over a kind of, kind of a dirt foundation, if you don’t have a legitimate concrete foundation, maybe your, maybe your basement floor hovers over. Um, that sort of space. It’s pretty important to have. Um, you know, this day and age, both raid on, um, a radon system installed, which we don’t really do. We can help facilitate that, but I’m not typically something that we go out looking for, but also, and probably in general more, I’m a vapor barrier. There’s a number of reasons for that. Um, but


what, uh, what most people run into is if they do have a leak or they do have maybe sewage backup or something like that. If you have a good solid vapor barrier in place, it’s not going to penetrate down into the soil, into the earth. And if you do have a sewer, especially sewer where you have gray or black water leak in some form or fashion and it gets into that soil, you’re talking about potentially a pretty major job of treating that soil. Um, even removing it, it can be an absolute nightmare. And it is much bigger than just a water damage temper, uh, clean up and dry out. Uh, it can be incredibly extensive and expensive. And there again, if you’ve got a good solid vapor barrier in place, um, number one, you’re protecting, you’re protecting that space down there from, you know, kind of anything and everything that would be wanting to come up out of that soil.

But at the same time, if you do have any sort of a leak, that vapor barrier is going to keep everything from saturating down into the ground, into the soil. Um, won’t mess with your structure, won’t mess with your foundation, however it does need to be cleaned up. It does need to be pumped out of there. And then your super heavy mill plastic that’s been installed can be treated and sterilized and deodorized, all those sorts of things. And you can really minimize lots of eyes there. Uh, you can really minimize damage and, um, and Save, you know, a lot of headache and money. We dealt with, uh, just a call out today where, um, a lady had had some, some form of water damage Denver, um, a few years ago. Apparently there was gray or black water, um, is a part of this loss and the restoration company, the water damage number company that was called out for that, um, they removed the entire vapor barrier that was under this home. Can’t really speak to why perhaps it was, uh, starting to fail. Perhaps it was falling apart. And we do see a lot of that because, um,

because we, I don’t know, I mean, there, there’s a number of reasons for it. So to, to summarize, um, well, just like a lot of things, whether it’s houses or just workmanship in general. Um, if vapor barriers aren’t put in correctly, if too light of plastic is used, if the seams aren’t put together very, very well, if, if, uh, if it’s not adhered to the structural walls of, you know, the concrete walls coming down into the foundation, well it can fail, you know, and it just takes people kind of getting down there just a little bit moving things around. Maybe a lot of times people, um, use it for storage and so they’re throwing things down there and maybe it punctures a bit. A lot of times companies won’t really go to the, to the length of getting rocks out of there, sharp pointy objects.

They’ll just put that plastic over, call it good. So obviously, you know, the occasional bit of traffic is going to potentially puncture that. In any case with this specific house that we responded to, um, the entire vapor barrier was gone and had been removed again because of this water damage. Denver, Los from I guess about two years ago where the water damage Denver Company decided to remove it as a part of their restoration process. So, um, she asked us to do a number of things, um, as far as bids were concerned, but one of them was to get a bid on what it would cost to replace the vapor barrier for the entire footprint of the home, about 23 feet by 32 feet. So about a six to 600 to 650 foot square. And I think that it would be money very, very well spent if he decides to do it.

Um, for a number of reasons. But uh, number one, she does have a lot of, lots of rocks, a lot of undulation down there. So the steps that we would take would be to smooth that all out completely and remove those sharp pointy objects, get it all nice and flat and perfect, and then go to work as far as putting in a super high quality vapor barrier in her crawl space down there. Then if she ever did have another water damage dimmer situation or sewage backup or whatever, everything would stay on top. There’d be no need to tear it out. It would just simply be getting all the moisture out from on top of the plastic and then treating and cleaning, uh, the great vapor barrier that would be in place. So if that’s you, if that’s somebody that you know, that either has never had a good vapor barrier installed, perhaps they’ve got a vapor barrier that’s failing or perhaps been completely removed for whatever reason or feel free to reach out to us, we’d be happy to assess your situation.

Um, certainly, you know, if there has been water damage Denver to the crawl space, that may need to be considered as well. But in any case, we can get you a quote, um, in one of our technicians is absolutely a rock star at, um, designing and getting new vapor barriers put in place for, for our clients. So would, we would be happy to help out in that respect or any other service that we offer, including water damage, Denver’s smoke, fire and mold. Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your day, even for the 10 minutes here on this 48th edition of the big foot podcast gold, we will talk to you soon.