Dealing with Crawl Space Problems in your House

General Article

Crawlspace is one of the most dreaded places for many home inspectors. It’s where you get to interact with rodents, cobwebs and spiders. It’s also a place with tight spaces and where you are likely to find stagnant water. However, as uninviting as this place may be, it’s always important to inspect it whenever you embark on a home inspection. Remember that this is the place where you will find most of the house structural systems and mechanical systems. Crawl spaces may also contain electrical wiring runs. Clean Crawls Insulation Installation and Removal is an American company that specializes in crawl space insulation, removal and installation.

Where to begin?
Crawl inspection can be a bit overwhelming especially if it’s your first time on the job. This becomes more difficult if the crawl space covers almost the entire footprint of your house. However, to make the inspection a success, you should break the process into various sections. Embark into one section at a time. To prevent confusion, you can mark areas that you have already covered with a spot of ink. During the process, you should equip yourself with important tools such as face mask, screwdriver, a fully charged flashlight as well as kneepads. The screwdriver is crucial for probing rotten wood. Don’t forget to carry a camera that can take pictures or even a video. Other important tools that you should carry into the crawl space include live voltage detector, tape measure as well as a moisture meter.

Important things that you should look for
When you enter crawl space, you should look for dampness and mustiness. After this, ensure that you inspect the perimeter walls. This should then be followed by an inspection of the cripple walls, foundation wall as well as the baring walls. When inspecting these places, look for movement or cracking. When inspecting the perimeter walls, you should for any signs of rotting. Indications that rot is imminent is when the soil begins to touch the siding outside. Look at the condition and the quality of the knee walls and the cripple.

Types of crawl spaces
There are many types of crawl spaces, and it’s important to familiarize with them. They include daylight basement, look out basement as well as the walk-up basement. Subbasement is another form of a crawl space. To deal with the moisture problems in crawl spaces, there are various ways that you can waterproof them such as through an exterior foundation drain. You can also use a cavity drainage as well as tanking systems. Waterproofing that is done on the outside is quite expensive as it requires some excavation. However, it has its associated benefits such as offering a permanent solution. The system is known to use a gravity system meaning that you will not require pumps. At the same time, you don’t require an electrical wiring system. It’s also the best way to fight dampness, soil gases moisture and mold from infesting your home.