Crawlspaces And Basements

Extremely colorful ranch-style house and attached barn-type section in rural city

Extremely colorful ranch-style house and attached barn-type section in rural city

Crawlspace/Basements 101

Why do you have a crawlspace?

The architectural style of many homes resulted in a need for a crawlspace rather than a full basement. Many times it is done to save money for the builder or homeowner. Building inspectors at the time did not realize the potential problems of mold, musty smells, dust, bugs, and radon gas. For years homeowners have kept the door or hatch closed and their problem was out of site and out of mind. In these cases they left a dirt, mud or gravel floor that was uneven and unusable.

In these crawlspaces not only are humidity levels high causing mold and mildew there are BUGS and SPIDERS of all kinds creeping there way up to the living area. The medical field has acknowledged that there are potential health hazards when you have an unsealed or unfinished crawlspace. Some of the health conditions include allergies, asthma, recurring headaches and fatigue. When properly poured with concrete not only will you be healthier and free from must and mold, you will have a great storage area where your items will stay dry and safe. Potential buyers, realtors and inspectors agree that a concrete crawlspace will increase your homes value!

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