Who to hire for crawl space cleanup?


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Old 06-26-06, 04:17 PM
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Who to hire for crawl space cleanup?

I'm a new homeowner. I bought my house about a year and a half ago. It's in California, and it has a crawl space beneath it. This all started when I wanted to run a wire from the outside of the house to the inside for an automatic sprinkler system. I thought I'd be able to run the wire through the crawl space vent and then drill a hole up into a wall.

Well, I peaked into my crawl space for the first time. Zowie! There's debris everywhere. First of all, it's a lot more cramped down their than I had originally thought. Second, there is a lot of debris left over from previous bathroom re-models as well as fibergalss insulation all over the ground. Some of the insulation under the floor is sagging down as well. There's so much debris that it is impossible to see the other side of the house.

So, I'd like to clean up the crawl space so that future plumbing repairs and modifications can more easily be made. I've also decided this job is too big for me.

My question is, who would I hire? A handyman? A general contractor? An insulation specialist? I've searched the internet, but I don't see any ads listed for people who will clean your crawl space. I did see an ad for a service to clean up the crawl space and install a crawl space encapsulation system, but I don't want to go that far. I just want it cleaned up.
 
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Old 06-26-06, 08:40 PM
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Since is a small space, and isn't rocket science, why not hire a high school kid to crawl under there, clean it up, and make his day by paying him well.
 
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Old 06-26-06, 09:38 PM
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I thought about hiring a non-professional like a high school student or maybe my nephew. However, I'm a bit concerned about the liability issue. There's a lot of fiberglass down there and who knows what else is lurking there. If the person gets hurt and doesn't carry insurance, then I could get sued.

Are my fears baseless?
 
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Old 06-27-06, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by saxophone
I thought about hiring a non-professional like a high school student or maybe my nephew. However, I'm a bit concerned about the liability issue. There's a lot of fiberglass down there and who knows what else is lurking there. If the person gets hurt and doesn't carry insurance, then I could get sued.

Are my fears baseless?
Not sure what part of CA you live in but if it's near HB you are likely to find many migrant workers on Slater Ave on any given day of the week. After renting a 40-yard open-top rolloff from your local trash co., drive your pick-up down to where your local Migrants "hang-out", and yell "Dose Travaho". When three or four jump-in say "Dose & No Moss". Kick all out of your truck but the first two (hardest workers). Your clean-up project should be completed by the end of the day for under 250.00 total cost - including the roll-off fees.
 
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Old 06-28-06, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by olhousenkc
Not sure what part of CA you live in but if it's near HB you are likely to find many migrant workers on Slater Ave on any given day of the week. After renting a 40-yard open-top rolloff from your local trash co., drive your pick-up down to where your local Migrants "hang-out", and yell "Dose Travaho". When three or four jump-in say "Dose & No Moss". Kick all out of your truck but the first two (hardest workers). Your clean-up project should be completed by the end of the day for under 250.00 total cost - including the roll-off fees.

If you go this way, please ensure they have at least minimal safety equipment, gloves, masks, goggles etc.. Moral issues need to be considered as well as legal ones. I am guessing such people don't have a whole lot of their own safety equipment. A contractor I had working on my place hired a high school kid to do demolition. I arrived home one day to find the kid tearing out old plaster, which probably had lead paint on it and who know's what behind it, wearing nothing but shorts, running shoes and a t-shirt. I insisted that that the contractor at least get the kid a mask. The kid was too young and naive to know better, and the contractor was too old and cynical to take care of him properly. Although it probably wouldn't have been my legal responsability if the kid developed high blood levels of lead or got lung cancer in twenty years, I didn't want the thought that he might have due to working on my house hanging over my head.
 
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Old 06-28-06, 02:30 PM
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Hire a Serviceman

Don't hire an Illegal Alien!

There are 2 web-sites to look at:

HireMarines.com or HirePatriots.com which both provide you with the opportunity to post your job. Generally, servicemen and their families often need extra work to make ends meet.

They will come to your work-site and they are hard working, courteous, and speek english. You can pay them $10-15 per hour and feel good about it. I would suggest providing dust masks, goggles and gloves for this job.

There is always a small risk that a worker could be injured on your premises, but your homeowner's insurance should cover it. Anyway, check with your agent just in case.
 
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Old 06-28-06, 07:20 PM
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Homeowner insurance typically does not cover injuries of workers on property. That is why it is very important to hire a licensed and insured contractor. You want someone who has workers compensation insurance to cover their injuries and liability insurance that covers any damage to your property. There are cleaning service companies who will clean out crawl spaces.
 
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Old 06-28-06, 08:20 PM
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saxophone,

You are right to be concerned about liability.
I'll second hiring a licenced and insured company to do this for you.
It shouldn't cost that much.
 
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Old 06-29-06, 11:09 AM
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I would never hire a profesional to do unskilled labor. That is coming from a contractor. Hire a kid, give some PPE and get it done It will be alot cheaper.
 
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Old 06-29-06, 11:11 AM
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. oh ya if you hire a illegal you are not an American. Those people are stealing jobs from our youth.
 
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Old 06-29-06, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by RYANINMICHIGAN
. oh ya if you hire a illegal you are not an American. Those people are stealing jobs from our youth.
Ex-Marine here quite American. Believe me the Youth in HB have no interest in work. There only interests are surfing, Heroin, and trashing the new 75k car mommy and daddy bought them for thier 16th b-day. Please know your audiance before jumping off the handle.
 
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Old 06-29-06, 01:07 PM
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You know you just can't go your whole life worrying about little things that are bound not to happen. I would go with the mexican idea and pay them half decent. It will make their day and get your job done without spending a fortune. I used to hire them all the time back in Va. One had to speak English and sure extra points for motivation. Also from my experience Hispanics are less sensitive to fiberglass then whites. Nothing racial in that statement just something I have observed. I itch if I even look at the stuff. I have turned down fairly big bucks just to avoid it.
 
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Old 06-29-06, 03:18 PM
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First of all, thank you all for your comments. I really appreciate it.

I live in the land of lawyers and worker's compensation abuse, so I am fearful of lawsuits. Even if I thought I could win a case, I'd still have to pay for legal expenses.

Also, I noticed that on Craigslist, somone posted a job asking for someone to clean out their crawl space. They estimated it would take 1 hour and offered $80. I contacted that person to see if he got any takers and if he had to haggle over the price. He said only one person contacted him but didn't follow up. He ended up doing it himself.

I took a look at the hirepatriots website. A soldier or marine would probably be good at this job since he/she's probably used to crawling around on his/her belly. The problem with that website is that everything is organized around certain military installations, and they are all pretty far away.

I think I'll try to pitch this job to my nephews. I'll provide the protective gear. If they decide not to do it, I'll try to do it myself, a little at a time over a period of several weeks. If that doesn't work, I may seek out a free estimate from a cleaning service professional. I might as well find out how much it will cost me before I decide it's too much.
 
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Old 06-30-06, 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by olhousenkc
Ex-Marine here quite American. Believe me the Youth in HB have no interest in work. There only interests are surfing, Heroin, and trashing the new 75k car mommy and daddy bought them for thier 16th b-day. Please know your audiance before jumping off the handle.

Sorry I was not jumping off the handle. I was making a point that applies to most of America. And you make a great point about those kids. People hire ilegals and allow their kids to do stuff like that. What does that ssay about our future? I very well could buy my kid a 75k car for his Bday BUT what would that teach him? I did not get to where I am because someone handed me everything. I was handed nothing except a good work ethic. Hiring some Mexicans only intensifies the problem with the good old USA.
 
 

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