Ask Me Anything: 10 Answers to Your Questions About Crawl Space Cleaning

The crawl spaces of the home are easy to neglect, but that doesn’t mean that they should be. If you don’t spend the time or effort on proper crawl space cleaning, it can lead to a whole host of issues that are bad. Not just for the home but for the health of the family, as well. Here, we’re going to look at some of the most common questions about crawl space cleaning so you can get on with it.

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Why do I have a crawl space?

Crawl spaces might seem like more of a nuisance than anything, but they play a vital role in the home, so having one is recommended. They house important systems like plumbing, heating, and wiring parts, making them easy to access while providing superior ventilation throughout the home.

Why should I clean my crawl space?

Your crawl space can become dirty or otherwise unhealthy over time. Common dust and debris carried through the ventilation system is one thing. The HVAC systems of the home and the plumbing can also cause moisture, which can lead to damp and mold if left unchecked. Lastly, pests such as mice and rats can leave dander, urine, and droppings that need to be cleaned as soon as possible.

Can the air from my crawl space get in my home?

It might seem like a separate part of the home but the air from the crawl space makes up to 40% of the air in the home by seeping through the floors and air and heating ducts.

What are the risks if I don’t clean my crawl space?

Because air from air ducts circulates into the home, any contaminants could be breathed in by you and your family. Pest droppings and hair can transmit disease. Meanwhile, mold spores and dust can cause or exacerbate respiratory issues like asthma. Spreading mold and damp can do severe long-term damage to both the home and your furniture, too.

What do I do if I spot signs of rodents in my crawl space?

If there are any signs of pests such as mice and rats, whether it’s nesting material, droppings, hair, urine, or otherwise. Cleaning the crawl space is important but you should also ensure that you look at hiring a pest control specialist to get rid of them.

Why is having a wet crawl space bad?

Moisture shouldn’t be allowed to accumulate anywhere in the home. As mentioned, mold and damp can spread through the home and standing water or damp air in the crawl space allows them to flourish. Besides that, moisture causes wood rot, which creates the perfect conditions for rodents and other pests such as ants.

How does water or moisture get in the crawl space?

Water and moisture can infiltrate the crawl space in a variety of ways. Cracks in the foundation, house walls, and crawl space walls are the most common entry point, allowing rainwater to slowly seep in. Improper ventilation and poor drainage systems can also lead to water getting into it.

Will vents keep my crawl space dry?

Vents are not enough to keep your crawl space dry if you are having problems with water and moisture. They help, but it’s important to have a crawl space contractor inspect it thoroughly to recommend the right course of action.

How can I measure humidity in my crawl space and how do I know it’s bad?

Humidity is a problem, but it can be hard to detect whether or not the crawl space is at a dangerous humidity level. Installing a hygrometer can help you measure the percentage of humidity. If it’s at 70% or above, it’s time for a crawl space cleaning, ventilate it, and to install a vapor barrier.

How do I know I have a crawl space contractor I can trust?

For crawl spaces that are in especially bad health, turning to a contractor for help is a good idea. It can be a lot to handle alone. To make sure your contractor knows what they are doing and can be trusted.  Ensure that they are licensed and insured, first and foremost. Use locally based companies instead of traveling contractors, as they are easier to hold accountable if something goes wrong. Don’t forget to look up their ratings online, either.

Have any questions that we haven’t covered here? Perhaps you want to make sure your crawl spaces are as clean and healthy as possible. Either way, get in touch with RGS Crawl Space Insulation to make sure your crawl space has a comprehensive evaluation. If there are any issues, we can let you know about them without delay.

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