Crawl Spaces Aren't So Scary
A new home buyer can be in the honeymoon phase of their home-buying experience – until the dreaded home inspector arrives! At Green Scene Home Inspections, we like to think our inspectors inspire confidence in the home-buying process. We are not here to scare you, but to inform you.
One of our common services takes place in Pier and Beam construction of homes from the 50’s and 60’s. One of the places our inspectors boldly go where no one else will go is…..THE CRAWL SPACE.
The crawl space is that unpleasant place under the house where many possible creatures and conditions can exist. Why is it even necessary to look at the crawl space you may ask? Despite their lack of visibility and attention, crawlspaces are integral to the structural integrity and efficiency of a home. You can find links to plumbing, air ducts, electrical wiring, and other systems important for your home's function.
Crawlspaces play a crucial role in maintaining the structural stability of a house. By providing a solid foundation and support for the floors above, crawlspaces help distribute the weight of the building evenly. This can prevent sagging, settling, and other structural issues that can arise over time. Regular inspections and maintenance of the crawlspace can ensure that it continues to provide reliable support for the home.
What if, under the smooth veneer of a recently updated home, there exists a plumbing leak into the crawl space? What if ducts are leaking conditioned air into the crawl space, causing your electric bills to be high? Not to mention termite damage or mold growth that can occur as a result of long term leaks or moisture intrusion. These are not items you would ever spot when walking through a newly painted and carpeted home!
Properly ventilated crawlspaces can contribute to improved indoor air quality. By allowing fresh air to circulate, crawlspaces can help prevent moisture and mold, avoiding respiratory issues and other health problems. Additionally, crawlspaces can help regulate the temperature and humidity levels in a house, creating a more comfortable living environment. Properly insulating crawlspaces is important to ensure these benefits.
Crawlspaces can also contribute to energy efficiency in a home. Insulating the crawlspace walls and floor keeps the heat in during winter and reduces the need for excessive cooling in summer. This can result in lower energy bills and a more sustainable living space. Proper sealing of the crawlspace can also prevent drafts and cold spots in the home, further enhancing comfort and efficiency.
A well-maintained crawlspace can also increase the value of a home. Potential buyers often appreciate the easy access to utilities and know that the house is protected from pests and flooding. A clean, dry, and well-ventilated crawlspace can be a selling point that sets your home apart from others on the market.
We know that the crawl space is an important place to maintain and be aware of as a homeowner. And remember, if you find issues in the crawl space, you can repair almost anything in a home! We take pride in presenting the most thorough findings on what may be the most important investment you'll make. So if you have a crawlspace, call Green Scene Home Inspections for an expert opinion!