5 Signs that your Home’s Crawlspace is Unhealthy

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Many homes in our area are built with a crawlspace. Homeowners often ignore their crawlspace, although its condition has a lot to do with your entire house. Crawlspaces are often dark, stinky, and have bugs and spiders. Even if your crawlspace isn’t in tiptop shape, it can be with a custom crawlspace encapsulation in Nashville. Today on the blog, we’re sharing five signs that your home’s crawlspace is unhealthy and how Ameri Care Services can help.

Your crawlspace has insects or pests

Insects and pests like rodents make their way indoors or in crawlspaces in search of food and shelter. If there are signs of pests in your crawlspace, they most likely will enter your home as well. So, if you’re dealing with spiders, insects, ants, or other pests inside your home, then chances are your crawlspace is partly to blame.

There’s moisture or water in your crawlspace

Moisture is a homeowner’s worst enemy. It quickly can destroy the wood frame, causing structural issues or even rotting floor joists, walls, and other areas of the home. Drainage issues can lead to moisture or water accumulation inside the crawlspace and eventually could damage the foundation. Crawlspace moisture issues can compromise the health of your home’s air, making it unhealthy to breathe.

The area smells musty or has mildew growth

If mold and mildew are in your crawlspace, you will smell a musty or mildew odor. This smell may also be evident inside the living area of your home. It is unsafe to breathe, especially for those with asthma, allergies, or lung disorders. If ignored, mold and mildew could destroy your home and belongings.

The foundation has cracks

A cracked foundation allows pests and moisture to enter your crawlspace. Plus, it could compromise the structural integrity of your home. If your home’s foundation is cracked, it’s best to hire a pro to fix the problem as DIY solutions usually just Band-Aid the problem, which will worsen over time.

There’s no ventilation

For years, homes with crawlspaces were designed with vents that can be opened and closed. The purpose of these vents is to allow airflow and reduce condensation. However, over time, we have discovered that these air vents are useless and have almost no effect on the condition of the crawlspace. If the home’s crawlspace is improperly ventilated, it is most likely going to have odors and moisture.

How can be done about a stinky, wet crawlspace?

Crawlspace encapsulation is the best solution for a stinky, wet crawlspace. When professionally installed, crawlspace encapsulation seals out moisture and prevents pests from entering your crawlspace. A clean environment in your crawlspace means healthier air inside your home. In some instances, a sump pump or professional-grade dehumidifier may help reduce humidity and moisture in your crawlspace. If you aren’t sure whether your crawlspace has moisture, pests, or other problems, schedule a complimentary crawlspace inspection in Nashville by calling Ameri Care at (615) 893-7111. We provide crawlspace inspections in Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Hermitage.