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Crawlspaces are common in Tennessee homes. While there are some benefits to having a crawlspace, they also are the source of pests, mold, and moisture problems if not cared for properly. While crawlspace problems may exist in some homes, there are ways to handle these issues. Today on the blog, our crawlspace inspectors in Murfreesboro want you to know what to look for if you’re buying a home with a crawlspace.
Why do homes have crawlspaces?
Many homes in our area have crawlspaces because they are cheaper than having a basement and provide access to plumbing, electrical, and ductwork. Crawlspaces generally range in height from one to three feet, although a person might be able to stand up in a crawlspace. Crawlspaces are known as the “gut” of a home. This means that the health of your home or its indoor air quality is dependant on the condition of your crawlspace.
Common Crawlspace Problems
Crawlspaces are notorious for having pest, mold, and moisture problems, although these issues can be fixed by a Murfreesboro crawlspace professional. Contrary to common assumption, it’s not just older homes with crawlspaces that have problems. Even newly built homes can have issues that home buyers should be aware of before purchasing. Here’s what to look for if you’re considering purchasing a home with a crawlspace.
The idea that opening and closing crawlspace vents according to the season to keep moisture levels low is actually just a myth. Research now concludes that crawlspace moisture can be kept to a minimum by keeping the vents closed year long. Visually inspect the crawlspace vents and see if they are open or closed. If they are open, there could be a greater risk of moisture in the crawlspace.
Crawlspace encapsulation can help prevent moisture and offers energy savings for homeowners. Having a healthier, cleaner space below your home means a healthier home on the inside!
Signs of Moisture Problems
Our crawlspace professionals in Murfreesboro recommend a complete home inspection that includes assessing the crawlspace if you’re considering putting your home on the market or are looking to purchase a home. But homebuyers can do a little looking around as well. Check the crawlspace for signs of moisture, mold, condensation, damp or sagging insulation, insect infestations, rodent droppings, or musty odors. These could all be signs of an ongoing moisture issue.
Check for Water Puddles
This one is more obvious than the others. Whether you look from the crawlspace door or enter the crawlspace yourself, look for standing water or water puddles. This is a sure sign of a moisture problem and may require drainage work or crawlspace encapsulation to seal out water. Rainwater could be entering the crawlspace from the outside, the gutters could be clogged and leaking water down the walls and into the crawlspace, or there could be a leaky pipe. Neglecting a water issue in the crawlspace could lead to wood rot and structural damage.
Crawlspace Inspections for Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Hermitage
Homeownership comes with many perks, although it can be a headache, especially when it comes to repairs. Whether you are selling your home or in the market to purchase one, ensure your crawlspace is in tiptop shape before sealing the deal. To schedule a crawlspace inspection, please call Ameri Care Services at (615) 893-7111.