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Though often an afterthought, crawlspaces are, in many ways, the nerve center of a home.
So many essential functions of a home run through your crawlspace that you must keep it in good repair and prevent damage from occurring.
From our crawlspace cleanup and restoration experts and Tier Restoration in Nashville, here are some basic facts about crawlspaces that every homeowner with a crawlspace should know.
What Is A Crawlspace?
Let’s start with the basics. What is a crawlspace, and what distinguishes it from other house parts?
First of all, not all homes have crawlspaces. They typically only exist in homes that do not have a basement or a solid cement foundation.
A key feature of crawlspaces is that they are located beneath the floor of your home.
Access points to crawlspaces are typically very small and located outside the home.
The narrow access point for crawlspaces is where the “crawl” comes from. Some crawlspaces tend to have a lot going on inside.
This may include HVAC, electrical components, gas hookups, and plumbing. These things must go somewhere, and crawlspaces provide a convenient space to put them.
Common Problems With Crawlspaces
A lot can go wrong in the crawlspace, so it’s important to be aware of all the potential problems that can arise.
Here are a few of the most common issues people encounter:
- Asbestos from old insulation
- Mold and fungus
- Poor insulation wastes energy and causes a large utility bill
- Standing water and sewage
- Insect infestations
- Incubate the hantavirus, a pathogen from rodents that infects the lungs and makes breathing difficult.
Cleaning Your Crawlspace
Given all the problems that can occur when a crawlspace is not properly maintained, regular cleaning and maintenance are necessary.
A few of the main cleaning items are:
- Removing pests
- Removing standing water
- Install and/or maintain vapor barriers
- Mold Remediation
- Replacing old/ineffective insulation
Does this list seem daunting? You don’t have to do it on your own. That is what we at Tier Restoration are here for!
If you’re wondering whether or not you should call a professional contractor like Tier Restoration in Nashville for help with crawlspace cleanup, a simple rule of thumb is the leave the dirty work to the pros.
The reasoning here isn’t so that you don’t get dirty in your crawlspace but because any involved work in a crawlspace tends to get complicated, and you are better off going with the pros.
This is especially true of crawlspaces that have lots of different implements.
The last thing you want to do is create a problem with something new in your crawlspace while trying to fix an old problem.
Fortunately, we at Tier Restoration are here to help.
So don’t spend your weekend stowed away working in your crawlspace, but give us a call so we can handle the crawlspace cleanup and restoration process for you.