Unseen Issues: 3 Reasons To Give Your Crawlspace Some Attention ASAP

Unseen Issues: 3 Reasons To Give Your Crawlspace Some Attention ASAP
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    A crawl space might not be as appealing to have in your home since it isn’t as large as a full basement.

    That doesn’t mean you don’t need to give it attention, though.


Crawlspaces are greener options, but they also have their own list of concerns that you need to be aware of. Here are three reasons you should take some effort to maintain your crawlspace.


Critters look for closed, dry and convenient locations to live and create their house. Crawlspaces offer the perfect conditions for success. They are quiet, dark, secluded, and safe from inclement weather conditions. These rats, mice and other rodents leave droppings that attract other insects. Those insects like the odor, but you might not. Once rodents have infested your crawlspace, they’re one step closer to getting into other parts of your home. 


Crawl spaces are notorious for being dark and damp, which are ideal conditions for mold spores to grow and spread. Condensation is likely to occur and the moisture can leak through into your home. This can turn a small secluded problem into one that can damage your house.

It is absolutely essential that you waterproof your crawl space. Companies like Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc can do it for you too. Quick action will prevent these issues from occurring. This can save you time, money, and even your health.

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Having your crawl space encapsulated seals edges and leaks that allow unwanted water, pests, and dirt in. This means that your home will be cleaner on the inside. The air will be healthier to breathe and better insulated to maintain temperature.

Air Quality

Poor conditions in the crawlspace leak into your home. This can include poor air quality due to animal feces, moisture, and mold. You’ll need to remove the source of the odor to get rid of the smell first.  Next you need to restore the space to a dry and functional part of your home to prevent future issues. Young children, the elderly, and those with respiratory conditions may be more sensitive to air quality issues. Be sure to pay attention if your child’s asthma flares when they’re at home. If you can rule out air conditioners and dust, it may be your crawlspace.

Don’t overlook the importance of keeping all areas of your home in good condition. From the interior to crawl spaces and attics or basements, maintenance is key. A few preventative measures go a long way to ensure that you aren’t burdened with annoying and costly fixes.

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