Your home’s crawl space is a place that many homeowners never visit and may be a nightmare. It can already be a confined space and even more severely limited by structural supports, plumbing, electrical wiring/conduits, or heating ducts. Rodents, spiders, and other critters love this space, as they are generaly left alone to build nests and multiply.
Only when there is an issue such as with utilities, structural deficiencies, or bad odors do we think to have this space inspected. It is then that we can find water ponding, insulation issues, missing or damaged vapor barriers, dry rot, mold and mildew, or pest infestations.
One of the most common concerns is with loose or damp insulation. Keeping your home’s crawl space and attic well insulated is incredibly important when it comes to saving money on your energy bills. More importantly, good insulation helps maintain your family’s health, reduce toxins inside of your home, and provides you with better air quality. Insulation is often removed and not replaced during contractor repairs. Make sure that your contractor notes if insulation is missing or damaged.
If water is present have it properly removed from the crawl space, Holes or cracks in a crawl space can allow moisture and water to enter into the structure of your home.
The bottom line is that your crawl space should be routinely inspected. As most homeowners are not willing to get down and dirty, routinely hire a contractor to inspect, remove and replace all old insulation, rotten wood, animal feces, and mold. Your home will last longer, energy saving will likely offset any repairs, and your family may be healhier in the long run.