Crawl Space Maintenance Tips for Homeowners


The quality of your crawl space is something you should consider if you’re thinking about selling your property. Water damage, bugs, and other problems may deter potential buyers if the underside of your home isn’t up to snuff.

Fortunately, you can ensure that the underside of your home is in excellent condition by following a few straightforward crawl space maintenance tips. Some of them are as follows:

1. Install a Vapor Barrier

Moisture, which can result from leaking pipes or insufficient ventilation, is one of the most frequent issues in crawl spaces. If it accumulates on the underside of your home, mold can grow in the area. Such fungi can be dangerous to your health and are expensive to remove and treat.

Protecting your home from moisture damage with a vapor barrier installation is simple and reasonably priced. While it won’t stop moisture entirely, it will lessen its intrusion.

2. Encapsulate Your Crawl Space

Sometimes, a vapor barrier cannot control moisture and ventilation issues in a crawl space. Such a moisture-prone area can stay dry through encapsulation. Usually, a vapor barrier is installed first. Then, the walls and ceiling are sealed off with tape. Placing a dehumidifier, insulation, a drain tile, a sump pit, and other elements can also help keep the underside of your home dry at all times.

3. Remediate Energy Loss With Insulation

Although crawl spaces cannot be used as living areas, they require adequate insulation. Without it, warm air can escape through cracks in the walls or spaces between floorboards during the winter months, increasing energy costs.

The general climate in your area will determine if you need to insulate your crawl space. You may only add insulation to the floor joists if you live in a warm, dry climate. It is advisable to insulate the floor joists and walls and completely seal up the crawl space if your region regularly sees below-freezing temperatures.

4. Remove Any Pests

If your crawl space isn’t properly maintained, termites, spiders, ants, mice, and many other creatures may settle in the area. They can potentially harm your home’s wooden structural elements, insulation, and vapor barriers.

5. Consider Future Home Inspections

A crawl space inspection is frequently included in the home inspection when selling a house. Planning and cleaning out your crawl space may avoid any problems derailing a sale. Some of the main things inspectors check for include foundation cracks, electrical issues, moisture, mold and mildew, and plumbing problems.

Contact DryTek Crawlspace Solutions Today!

If you need help maintaining your crawl space, contact DryTek Crawlspace Solutions immediately. We offer crawl space inspection and maintenance services. Call us now to get a quote.