Ways to protect Your Crawl Space
A crawl space is a very important part of the home. It is very important because it is a part of your foundation. Another reason why it is so important is because it is an extremely vulnerable spot for your home. It has access for water, vermin, insects, mold and many other undesirable types of things to penetrate your home. This is why it is important to take very good care of your crawlspace. Here are some ways that you can keep your crawl space and you home safe!
There is something called vapor barrier. It is usually put into crawl spaces to help prevent against moisture build up. It is very important to to avoid having moisture under you home. Moisture under the home can cause a myriad of issues. These issues include mold, dry rot, rotting wood, fungus, bacteria build up, and even disintegration of the foundation. These are very serious consequences to a problem that can be easily prevented by have vapor barrier put in and kept in good condition. This is one way that you can protect the integrity of your crawl space.
Fill those cracks
Walk around your home. Do you see any cracks along the base of the home or in the walls? If so, you should fill those crack! You can get insulation foam for a very reasonable price! It is very very easy to use and you can definitely do it yourself! Filling in these cracks will help keep moisture from entering your crawl space. This is an extremely easy and simple way to prevent damage.
If you already know that a build up of water in your crawl space is a problem then it is time for a sump pump installation. If you have water collecting or have a high water table this will be very beneficial for you. It can be expensive but if done right by professionals it is a way that you can give your home superior protection from water damage.
Call A Exterminator
If you know that if you have vermin of any kind then you should get an Exterminator on the job. If its bugs that you have them they can treat you wood under your home to get rid of or prevent termites from doing damage to your home. If you have rodents they can eliminate them and prevent your home from chewing damage and from the spread of disease! This one way to protect your crawl space and your family.
Get it inspected Regularly
One very important thing to do is get your crawl space inspected regularly! This can prevent much bigger issues in the future. If you have it inspected they can tell you want needs to be done to maintain the integrity of your crawl space. Many people don’t think about what all a crawl space inspection can tell you. When they are down there they can see your foundation and check for cracks. They can see your sub flooring to check for safety. They can see if your pipes are in good shape and not leaking. They can check that no water is making its way into your home. There are really so many things that are important to check for underneath your home. It is important to hire a professional because they know what they are doing looking for.
We all love our homes, our foundations are imperative to being able to live in your home. Take good care of your crawl space and you will be able to live happily and healthily in your home. If you have any concerns or need an inspection call Your Crawl Space Guys!