Five Ways Your Crawl Space is Affecting Your House

It’s easy for homeowners to never think of their crawl space. That’s why it’s not uncommon to find disgusting conditions festering beneath their home. Regardless of the length of time you’ve lived in your home, it’s a good idea to consistently inspect your crawl space. Things could be seeping, rotting, or molding right underneath your feet, and without consistent inspections of your crawl space, you would never know. Below is a list of ways that your crawl space is damaging your home and health.

1. Poor Air Quality

When a crawl space has been left unattended, the moisture content of the air in the crawl space isn’t properly monitored. It’s easy for moisture to develop in a crawl space due to changing temperatures, rainy weather, and lack of vapor barriers. When moisture develops, it paves the way for mold to form in the insulation or wooden joists in your crawl space. This mold and rot releases toxins that seep through your floorboards and into your home.

This may be surprising for some homeowners to hear. Some might think that if the mold is under the house, then they will just make sure that no one goes down there and everything will be okay.

However, approximately 40% of the air in your home seeps up through the crawl space. If your crawl space has mold problems so does your home’s air quality. What many people assume is dust sensitivity or allergic reaction could actually be response to dangerous toxins seeping up from the home’s crawl space.

2. High Energy Bills

Crawl spaces that are not properly insulated can allow a significant amount of heat to escape from your home. Cold air can easily ruin all of the time and effort your heating system spends to heat up your home. Without crawl space insulation, homeowners find that they spend high amounts of money heating their home in winter and cooling their home in summer.

Homeowners that install crawl space insulation consistently begin to experience savings on their energy bills right away. Not only does this reduce your home’s carbon footprint, but it also saves you more money in the long run. Your crawl space encapsulation and insulation pays for itself.

3. Rodent Infestations

Despite the fact that your crawl space may be surrounded by a thick layer of foundation, your crawl space may not be as rodent-proof as you may think. Even holes the size of a dime can let rodents inside your crawl space. The last thing you want is a nest of animals claiming your crawl space as their snug little home.

Types of rodents that often infest crawl spaces:

  • possums
  • rats and mice
  • squirrels
  • skunks
  • snakes
  • bats

Rodents like these tend to not leave you with a happy home. Droppings are left behind to fester, which affects air quality inside the home. Not only that, but certain animals, like squirrels, will get curious and start chewing on any exposed electrical wires, ruin insulation, or rip holes in vapor barrier. All in all, the day you discover a rodent infestation is a bad day.

4. Damaged Subfloor

Moisture has other damaging effects on other areas of your home as well. Moisture that accumulates consistently can easily seep through the ceiling of the crawl space and cause problems with your subflooring.

5. Compromised Foundation

Moisture problems can also cause issues for the foundation level of your home. The wooden joists that hold up your home’s structure can be damaged by consistent exposure to high levels of moisture, condensation, or humidity. In some not-so-uncommon cases, crawl spaces have actually flooded, causing significant structural damage that resulted in a lot of repair work.

If you’re interested in crawl space cleaning and insulation services, we’d love to talk with you. You can request a free consultation or give us a call, and we can connect with you about how to solve your crawl space problems.

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