Many homeowners never give this vital area of their home a thought until it’s too late, and they find themselves facing costly foundation repairs, air quality problems, or frozen pipes. But to safeguard your home and make sure its foundation and guts are functioning at their best, your crawl space needs proper care and maintenance. And it isn’t complicated to do so, as long as you understand how your crawl space is intended to function.
What Is a Crawl Space?
A crawl space is a hollow area between the ground and the first floor of a house, meaning it serves as an alternative to having a full basement or a solid concrete slab foundation. It’s typically between one to three feet high, just large enough for you to crawl into—hence the name. And it’s normally vented to the outside air.
What Does a Crawl Space Do for Your Home?
While you may not have thought much about it, your crawl space provides some essential functions for your home. It’s where your home’s essential inner workings are contained, such as:
- Air conditioning
- Duct work
- Electrical wiring
- Plumbing pipes
- Gas hookup
The crawl space provides access when these parts of your home need repair.
Common Problems Your Crawl Space May Encounter
Like any other area of your home, the crawl space requires care to function well and protect your home’s structural integrity. Be aware of these common issues that befall crawl spaces:
- Susceptible to Moisture — Hot, humid weather can subject your crawl space to excessive dampness, leading to mold and mildew. This can damage your home’s foundation or cause air quality problems within your home.
- Susceptible to Freezing Weather — Without proper insulation, your crawl space can’t stay warm enough to protect your pipes from freezing.
- Susceptible to Pests — If your crawl space is not well sealed, it can be invaded by rodents, termites, raccoons, and other problem creatures.
The Results of Damage to Your Crawl Space
When homeowners don’t properly maintain their home’s crawl space, a host of problems can result — some dangerous to your health, and some damaging to your home’s condition:
- Mold and mildew growth
- Foul odors
- Dust mites
- Poor indoor air quality
- Increased allergic reactions
- Increased heating and cooling costs
- Termite infestation
- Wood rot
- Structural damage to foundation and flooring
Professional Foundation Experts You Can Rely On
Whether you want your crawl space inspected, have questions about the condition of your home’s foundation, or need reliable foundation repair, Edens Structural Solutions is here to help you protect your investment in your home. We’re happy to offer a free consultation. Simply call us anytime.