Why Crawl Space Maintenance Is Important
Most people don’t give much thought to what is lurking in their crawl space or why it is so important to keep it clean. However, an untidy crawl space can be detrimental to your home and even your family’s health. Here are some ways a poorly cared for crawl space can impact you.
- Poor air quality – An unattended crawl space can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Because it is dark and damp and subject to changing weather conditions, moisture can easily build up. And since nearly half of the air in your home seeps in through the crawl space, air filled with mold and toxins can be detrimental to your health.
- Creepy crawlies – Your home is not just a great place for you to live, but it might also be a place that mice and other vermin find appealing. Despite your best efforts to keep them out, these pesky critters have been known to bore through concrete and other barriers to make themselves at home. These pests are not very tidy housekeepers leaving droppings, food waste and dander in their wake. They are also fond of chewing through wires, insulation and other areas under your home.
- Energy savings – A poorly maintained crawl space can mean money out the window. Improper insulation and poor air transfer can increase energy bills significantly.
- Damaged subfloor and foundation – Not only can moisture affect the air quality of your home, it can compromise the stability of your crawl space by causing wood to rot and the foundation to crumble. This can make the flooring shift and buckle and could even create cracks in walls and ceilings.
Is your crawl space in need of cleaning or restoration? The experts at ANTEX Exterminating have been serving residents of the Sandhills in North Carolina since 1955. We are experts in pest control as well as crawl space repair, including vapor barrier installation, thermal barriers and structural repairs. We help homeowners with sinking crawl space supports, inadequate structural design, rotting floor joists and foundation failure.