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Homes are often built over a crawlspace, which adds a buffer between the ground and the home and helps support the entire structure. Unfortunately, building codes haven’t been updated in decades, and crawlspaces aren’t all that they are cracked up to be. Crawlspaces often are the culprit for moisture damage, mold, and mildew growth in homes. And they are known to harbor pests like termites, mice, and spiders. You may not even know that your crawlspace has these problems since it’s often forgotten by homeowners. So today on the blog, we share five ways to tell that your crawlspace needs attention.
You have insects and other pests in your crawlspace
Insects, snakes, and other small animals or rodents often sneak into crawlspaces searching for food or a place to call home. Unfortunately, if your crawlspace harbors pests, it’s more likely that those pests will find their way inside your home as well. So, if you spot a lot of spiders, bugs, or other pests inside your home, check your crawlspace for pest infestations. It’s best to let a professional pest control company in Murfreesboro handle pest problems in your crawlspace or home.
Moisture or water accumulates in your crawlspace
Crawlspaces are notorious for being damp. Water or moisture may enter your crawlspace if you have improper yard drainage, clogged gutters, or other structural issues that allow water to seep inside. Unfortunately, water or moisture can wreak havoc on your home, causing wood rot, mold, and mildew. You might assume that what goes on underneath your house is no big deal. After all, out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong! Crawlspace air seeps into your home and ends up mixing with the air you breathe. So, if you or someone living inside your home has chronic allergies, asthma, or lung disease, poor crawlspace air could exacerbate these issues.
Your crawlspace smells musty or mildewy
Take a peek inside your crawlspace. While you may not see moisture or mold, take a sniff and evaluate what you smell. If you smell musty odors or the space smells mildewy, then you have a moisture problem in your crawlspace that you should not ignore. Since your home breathes, air from the crawlspace will enter your home. So, if you notice a musty smell inside your home, determine its source by sniffing out your crawlspace.
Your crawlspace lacks ventilation
Crawlspaces often have vents that open and close. For years, homeowners were advised to close their crawlspace vents during the winter and open them during the spring to allow airflow and reduce the occurrence of condensation and moisture. But check out our previous blog to find out what’s the deal with crawlspace vents and whether you should leave them open or closed. Improperly vented crawlspaces often require attention.
Your home’s foundation is cracked
It doesn’t take a licensed contractor to know that a strong, solid foundation is crucial to any structure. A cracked or damaged foundation will often result in unsafe structural issues. If you spot cracks in your crawlspace, we recommend hiring a pro to repair those cracks instead of trying to do the project yourself. That way, you can ensure the repairs are done correctly.
Crawlspace Encapsulation in Murfreesboro, Nashville, and Hermitage, Tennessee
Having a clean, healthy, well-ventilated crawlspace is essential to maintain your home’s structural integrity and safe, clean air to breathe when inside your home. Crawlspace encapsulation can help ensure these benefits. To learn more or schedule a consultation, please call Ameri Care at (615) 893-7111.