What is the purpose of my Crawl Space?
What is beneath my home?
Why should I have my Crawl Space inspected?
If your home has a crawl space, then you may be wondering what it is for.
Crawl spaces typically take the place of a basement in areas where basements are not widely built. Crawl spaces are used to lift a house higher off the ground and to provide easy access to plumbing, electrical, insulation, and other areas of your home. Depending on how your house was built, your crawlspace may contain the ductwork that is used by your heating and air conditioning. Accessing ductwork in a crawl space is much easier for an HVAC specialist than getting to the ductwork through the walls.
Crawl spaces can also be used for storage, but you need to be careful about what you are storing your things in. Crawl spaces are a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and other things that will damage anything it comes in contact with. Crawl spaces can also be pretty wet. You won’t want to store any cardboard boxes in your crawl space. In order to safely store anything, make sure it is in an airtight container that won’t be damaged by moisture or mold and can’t be chewed through by rats.
If you ever need to call a specialist to work on your plumbing, ducts, electricity or whatever else is accessible from beneath your home, then he or she will be able to crawl underneath to make the required repairs. Depending on the situation and placement of these things, this will be easier than accessing them from inside your home where walls or other materials may be in the way or accessing them by excavating parts of your property.
A negative to having a crawl space is that crawl spaces open your home up to a few different issues. With a crawl space, your home is more likely to experience moisture issues, mold or mildew problems, floor failure, rodents, and insects. One way to prevent these issues is by installing a vapor barrier between the ground and your home. Having a vapor barrier will stop the flow of moisture and other problems and will keep your home safe and well protected.
Crawl spaces are more common in commercial buildings than they are in residential spaces. In commercial buildings, there can also be crawl spaces between the walls. Again, this allows easy access to facilities and plumbing and also works to help airflow in and out of the building.
If you are ever curious about your crawl space or want to know the conditions beneath your home, you can hire a professional to inspect your crawl space area. A professional can tell you if you have moisture problems, excess insects or rodents, and can just check to make sure that everything looks safe and well maintained. Any problems found should be addressed right away. After all, your crawl space is literally beneath the floor of your home and anything wrong there could affect the rest of your home as well.