A crawl space is something unique that only a homeowner could understand. For instance, you usually won’t see crawl spaces in apartments and if you’re moving from an apartment into a house, then you might find it a strange concept to understand. Even if you have lived in a house for a while, you might be wondering what the crawl space is for, if you need to take care of it and why you would bother even using it in the first place.
What is a crawl space for?
As the name implies, a crawlspace is a part of the home that you can crawl through. It’s not large enough to put furniture in, but it’s big enough for storage purpose and, well, crawling. They’re usually around two to three feet tall and the surface beneath is often bare. They’re typically built when homes lack a basement and some older buildings may even have crawl spaces between walls.
The main point of a crawlspace is to help air circulation and also gives easy access to utilities such as gas and plumbing. For instance, if you ever need to do some electrical wiring, then accessing a crawl space is incredibly handy since it allows you to get into the “guts” of your home in order to tinker.
So now that you have a general understanding of what a crawlspace is, why would you ever need to clean it? Well, there are several reasons, and here are a couple of questions that you should be asking yourself when it comes to your crawlspace.
Is it difficult to get into my crawl space?
If you’ve ever wanted to get into the guts of your home to perform some maintenance or even use it as storage, then you’re going to want easy access to your crawl space to make things easier. However, if it’s difficult because there is waste, pests or just general mess in your crawlspace, then it can be incredibly difficult to utilize it effectively. If you plan to make use of your crawl space, then it’s best to get it cleaned.
Have I noticed pests creeping into my home recently?
Noticed rodents scurrying around your home? Are ants and other insects starting to get on your nerves? Then your crawl space might be infested and it’s best to deal with it as soon as possible. Not only can these pests invade your home by using your crawl space, but they could potentially damage your electrical wiring and cause major problems with the structural foundation. If you’ve been noticing pests, then a crawl space clean will be able to solve the issue.
Has the quality of the air in my home been getting worse?
Most people don’t realize that a large amount of air from your home comes from the crawl space. If the quality of air in the crawlspace is bad, then it can actually start to affect the quality of air in the rest of your home. Crawl spaces can suffer from moisture problems and this can create lots of mold and mildew. This can negatively affect the air in your home and cause problems with asthma sufferers or effect those with poor immune systems. This can also get into your air conditioning or heating systems and the problem will be amplified. If you’re worried about the quality of air in your home, then make sure you clean your crawl space.
Will I be staying in my current home for a long time?
If you’re going to be living in your current home for a long time then you’ll want to clear out your crawl space to protect your home from future damage, maintenance problems and other complications. Dealing with the issue now by cleaning your crawl space is a much more economical solution than paying for repairs later in the future.
Have my energy bills been increasing?
As mentioned before, your crawl space is a major source of air that enters your home. As a result, it can also be a major problem when it comes to losing heat in the winter. If you’re finding it more and more expensive to keep your home warm during colder seasons, then it might be because you’re losing much of the heat to your crawl space. By clearing out your crawl space, you can prepare it for future encapsulation to prevent further heat loss.
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions or have further concerns, then it may be best to consult a professional to help you examine and clean your crawl space.