Saturday, January 21, 2017

2016 Super Service Award from Angies List

Indiana Crawl Space Repair Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

 Indiana Crawl Space Repair has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the waterproofing companies in Indianapolis were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

"We are honored to be award the Super Service Award for the second year in a row.  It is a great feeling to see our hard work and superior customer service pay off with this award," said Indiana Crawlspace Repair's Founder Larry Ralph Jr.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Portage, IN Crawl Space Waterproofing

Northwest Crawl Space Repair is now servicing the Portage area.

Northwest Crawl Space Repair is a top rated company that offers an array of services to help with any of your crawl space needs. We have been taking pride in our work in Indiana for the past few years, and now we are also extending our excellent services to the Portage area.

Wet crawl space?

Northwest Crawl Space Repair offers various solutions, including: drainage systems, sump pumps, or vapor barriers. A dry crawl space is very important to sustain the life of the rest of your crawl space. Moisture can lead to mold and wood damage.

Structural damage?

From center beams to sill plates to floor joists, Northwest Crawl Space Repair can do it all. Signs of structural damage can include sagging floors, cracking in the drywall around windows and doors, sticking when opening and closing windows and doors, and squeaking floors. 

In need of insulation?

Sealing off the crawl space from the outside air with encapsulation, is the best way to insulate your crawl space. This energy efficient method will keep your home warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer.


Mold can be a contributor to numerous problems. Our mold remediation process will take care of any existing mold in your crawl space.

All of these problems have solutions, and Northwest Crawl Space Repair guarantees great results. Our reviews speak for themselves.

“Very nice guys. Very helpful and informative. Did a great job. We will definitely be using your company in the future. I’ve already recommended you guys to my uncle and cousin. Thanks!”
 Amanda C. 

Give us a call 219-841-5911

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Should I use fiberglass insulation in my crawlspace?

The majority of American homes and crawlspaces are insulated with fiberglass. Although, if you are interested in finding the most efficient and safe insulation for your crawlspace at a cost-effective price you might want to think through the idea of using fiberglass to get the job done. Fiberglass is meant to be used in clean, dry spaces. That is where it’s most effective. Fiberglass insulates by trapping air in the fibers. When fiberglass insulation becomes wet like in many damp crawlspaces, it is useless due to the fact that it is too heavy and falls from the floor.

Most crawlspaces are vented or damp.  Venting hot, humid air in the summer causes the insulation to sweat and hold moisture.  When fiberglass becomes wet, it will grow mold on the paper side.  The resin and paper side of the insulation has become known as “mold candy” in the crawlspace industry.

On top of fiberglass being an inappropriate insulation for crawlspaces, it is also a potentially hazardous material that can cause physical harm if the small particles are touched or inhaled. This can be extremely dangerous when you consider that a crawlspace is meant to allow someone underneath the home for maintenance and repairs. This type of tight space should not hold a material that has the potential to cause harm.  Fiberglass insulation is best used inside closed spaces such as walls.

Not only is fiberglass potentially dangerous in a crawlspace, but it is also less effective in comparison to other types of insulation. There are some other alternative insulation materials that allow you to get the most bang out of your buck while keeping safety in mind.

Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam is a viable insulation option for dry crawlspaces. Due to its ability to expand after being applied this foam insulation can attain air tight sealing around pipes, ducts, wiring and fixtures.  It also protects buildings from both pests and mold. It is very important for a professional to install this material. If done wrong it can create a huge mess or even damage the integrity of the floor or wall.  It is recommended for the bandboard and foundation walls of the crawlspace; however, damp foundation walls will trap the moisture in the wood causing wood rot.  Contact a Waterproofing professional before considering spray foam insulation. Call Indiana crawlspace Repair at 317-893-7016

Rigid Foam Board Insulation

Recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy is foam board insulation. There are three different types of this insulator that are all water-resistant and non-absorbent. To make matters better it is less expensive than foam spray, and can be found at several home improvement stores.

If your floors are becoming chilled as the weather becomes cooler, an inspection of your insulation can make all the difference. Always call a professional for an estimate and some recommendations of how you can better insulate your home. Sealing the crawlspace and improving the insulation will raise the effectiveness of your heating and cooling system, and most homeowners usually feel the difference right away in the comfort of their home and in their utility bills.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

How to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes in Your Home Crawlspace

Winter comes every year in Indiana. The extremely cold weather should not come as a surprise to Hoosiers, and it has some unfortunate consequences for those who are not prepared. The cold can cause pipes to freeze and can create a big headache for homeowners in Indianapolis. When water freezes, it expands. This is bad news for water pipes. Frozen water puts stress on pipes and can cause them to burst, no matter what material the pipes are made of. There are a many quick and simple ways to prevent your water pipes from freezing, saving you time and money.

Open cabinets and doors

Keeping the whole house warm including the cabinets under the sink will ensure that the pipes are staying warm and therefore unlikely to freeze.  On days and nights when the temperature drops below freezing it is extremely important for the pipes to have access to heat from your home.  The pipes under your sink usually touch an outside wall and then run down through your crawlspace. Opening cabinet doors is a simple task and will help keep your pipes from freezing.

Keep the water running

When it becomes cold outside and freezing pipes are a worry, keep your faucets turned on. Only a trickle is recommended, you don’t want a huge water bill.  The running water will prevent the pipes from freezing due to the fact that the water is moving.

Do not turn down the heat

Even if you are planning on going out of town, do not let your home temperature fall below 55° F. The temporary increase in your heating bill may be annoying, but it will cost significantly less than having to replace bursting pipes due to extreme cold temperatures.

Insulating water pipes

A number of products exist to insulate water pipes including pipe sleeves, heat tape, and heat cable. Even newspaper is known to provide protection against the cold, but only in areas that do not remain below freezing for long periods of time.  Insulating pipes and the surrounding area is a very easy and effective way of preventing water pipes from bursting.


Crawl space encapsulation, or the process of sealing a crawl space, is possibly the most effective way to keep crawlspaces from dropping to extremely low temperatures. This by no means is a DIY project. It involves specific knowledge and tools. Hiring pro
fessional to do this job will ensure it is done right the first time.  Sealing out cold air from entering the crawl will ensure your pipes do no freeze in the crawlspace.  By encapsulating the space you will have a long term and efficient way of keeping your pipes from freezing for many winters to come.  Give us a call for a free no cost estimate.  1-317-893-7016