804 342 3317

5 Ways Your Crawl Space Affects Your Home

5 Ways Your Crawl Space Affects Your Home

Most owners don’t give one thought towards their crawl space. This is a mistake and can cause you thousands of dollars, or even your home.

Here are 5 ways your crawl space affects your home.

1. Poor Air Quality

It is now know that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space. If you haven’t been to your crawl space for a while, then you could have mold or other problems, which greatly decreases the air quality in your home. If you have asthma or allergies, you may assume that the source of your suffering is from the season, but your body could actually be responding to the dangerous toxins that are seeping up from your crawl space.

2. High Energy Bills

If your crawl space is not insulated properly, you could be losing a large amount of heat or air conditioning from your home. In the winter, cold air comes up from your crawl space, preventing your home from effectively keeping you warm. You might as well open a window and throw your money outside. Crawl space insulation prevents the transfer of air, without it you could be spending huge amounts of money heating your home in winter and cooling your home in summer.

Homeowners with crawl space insulation or encapsulation experience a savings of 30-50% immediately. This helps the energy crisis and saves you money. Within a year of our services, the encapsulation would pay for itself by saving you money on your energy bills each month.

3. Rodent Infestations

Even though your crawl space may be surrounded by a thick layer of concrete and serve as your foundation, it could provide easy access to many pest that can harm your family and your home. Holes as small as a dime can let bugs, rodents and critter inside.

Types of critters that often infest crawl spaces:

  • opossums
  • rats and mice
  • squirrels
  • skunks
  • snakes
  • bats
  • termites
  • ants
  • spiders

If you have any experience with pests, you know that they leave a trail wherever they go. Those droppings are left behind to fester, which also affect the air quality inside the home. Some pest, like squirrels, will chew on exposed electrical wires, ruin insulation, or rip holes in a vapor barrier. The day you discover your crawl space is home to a rodent or critter infestation, is a bad day.

Request a Free Inspection of Your Crawl Space.

Discovering you might have an issue with your crawl space can be stressful. Dry Seal is available to help you through this time. If everything looks good and you have no problems, then we will be on our way, leaving you confident. But if you do need our services, we will educate you and provide you with the best quote, with no obligation.

To request a free inspection, simple complete the form below and we will be in touch.

4. Damaged Subfloor

So, you know how moisture can affect the air quality of your home, but moisture can also damage a very important part of your house as well; the subfloor. Moisture can get through just about anywhere, include your sub-flooring. It can warp your home and make it unsafe to inhabit. Have you ever tried to repair or replace a sub-floor? It is a big deal that is inconvenient and costly. A simple inspection of your crawl space by a professional can save you time and money.

5. Compromised Foundation

Moisture problems in your crawl space can also cause problems for your foundation. The beams that hold up your entire house could be damaged by moisture, condensation and humidity. If you have moss growing on your foundation, you have a moisture problem and you need to address it sooner rather than later. It’s only the difference of a few thousand, so…you decide when would be a good time for us to come out and inspect your home. Remember, it’s free so you have nothing to lose!

If you suspect you have an issue with your crawl space, do yourself a favor and get a free inspection. It's free.

Share This