When crawlspace issues arise, swift action is needed. Implementing the right solutions is imperative for the overall integrity of your home. Keep reading to learn how some of the most common issues we find during a crawlspace inspection are addressed.
- Excess moisture or standing water – Water is a common culprit of crawlspace issues. The solutions vary depending on the situation, but installing or replacing the vapor barrier is often a first step. If there is significant water retention, a sump pump may be recommended.
- Insulation deterioration – The insulation in your crawlspace can fall victim to water damage and pest interference, causing it to deteriorate over time. Replacing the insulation and addressing the issues that led to its damage are the usual next steps following a crawlspace inspection.
- Pest problems – Rodents, bugs, and termites love crawlspaces. While they enjoy the cool, damp, sheltered environment, they can also wreak havoc on your home’s foundation, wiring, and insulation. Sealing points of entry and enlisting the help of an exterminator are often required to eradicate pests. A routine crawlspace inspection can also help prevent infestations.
- Structural concerns – The crawlspace’s primary role is to support the structural integrity of a home. The settling of the foundation and other factors that lead to wear and tear on a home can cause structural issues in the crawlspace. When this happens, crawlspace supports are often installed to help prevent and correct an uneven, cracked, or otherwise compromised foundation.
It is essential to address any issues found during a crawlspace inspection. Our team of licensed inspectors at Towne & Country Property Inspections will always help you understand any issues we find and make recommendations for how to fix them.