The Beginner’s Guide To Crawlspace Cleanup

crawl space cleanup nashvilleThough 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 it is essential you keep your crawlspace in good repair and prevent damage from occurring. From our crawlspace cleanup and restoration experts and Tier Restoration in Nashville, here are a few of the basic facts about crawlspaces that every homeowner with a crawlspace ought to know. 

Crawl Space Cleanup in Nashville

What Is A Crawlspace?

Let’s start with the basics. What is a crawlspace, and what distinguishes it from other parts of the house? 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 are that they are located beneath the floor of your home. Access points to crawlspaces are typically very small and located on the outside of 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 need to go somewhere and crawlspaces provide the convenient space to put them. 

Common Problems With Crawlspaces

A lot can go wrong in crawlspaces 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 wasting energy and causing a large utilities bill
  • Standing water and sewage
  • Insect infestations
  • Incubate the hantavirus, a pathogen carried by rodents that infects the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe

Cleaning Your Crawlspace

Given all the problems that can occur when a crawlspace is not properly maintained it is clear that 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 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 just so 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.