Licensed & Insured. Crawl space Encapsulation and Mold Remediation

What Exactly Is Crawl Space Cleaning?

installing a vapor barrier

What Exactly Is Crawl Space Cleaning?

As previously stated, the crawl space is a space beneath the home and between the bottom of the house and the ground. Plumbing, gas hookups, ventilation, and electrical components are all located beneath. The goal is for you to be able to access them. Keeping your crawl space clean will help your home smell better and may increase the value of your home.

Why Clean the Crawl Space?

Health Reasons

If you have mold growing in your ductwork, it might damage the air that your family breaths in. If bugs or rodents have established nests, the air quality in your home will suffer.

Prepare for Inspections

If mold is discovered during a house inspection, the inspector will make a note of it. This is related to safety because it might influence the support beams and the health of the residents.

Increase Home Value

A clean crawl space can increase the value of your home if you are looking to sell. Be sure to address any issues that an inspector notes.

Typical Problems in Crawl Spaces

Pests
Rats and other animals will build nests in this space.

Mold
Mold and fungus grow in the dampness, polluting the air that the family breathes in the home.

Damaged Vapor Barriers
These must be repaired because they prevent ground moisture and mold and fungus growth.

Leaks
Look for broken pipes that may be leaking water into the crawl space.

What Does Cleaning Entail?

Debris Removal
Asbestos insulation
Old wood and cardboard
Rubbish and trash
Pest Removal
Hire a professional pest control company to remove droppings, deceased animals, and living pests.

Repair Damage
Check the foundation, floors, walls, and insulation for any damage that needs repairing.

Vacuum
Use a special vacuum to remove dust and particles without stirring up contaminants.

Install Vapor Barrier
Put down plastic sheeting to prevent moisture from entering the crawl space.

Waterproof
Install gutters, downspouts, sump pump, or drainage systems to keep water away.

Check Sewer Lines
Inspect for leaks and deterioration, especially in older homes.

DIY or Hire a Professional?

DIY
Cheaper
Simple tasks can be done over time
Hire a Professional
Ensures proper inspection and repair
Removes pests safely
Handles encapsulation correctly
When to Call the Pros
If you need assistance inspecting or cleaning the crawl space, contact a professional. They are skilled in inspections and can tell you what is wrong and how to remedy it. Some things in life are best left to the experts, and this is one of them.

Health Risks

Respiratory Issues
Damp, dark crawl spaces can breed mold. Mold spores released into the home can cause respiratory issues like asthma.

Pest-Borne Diseases

Pests like mice and rats that may inhabit cluttered crawl spaces can spread diseases through their droppings.

Structural & System Damages

Rot & Decay
Excess moisture in the crawl space can lead to rot and decay of wood structures like support beams and subfloors.

Cracked Foundations

Pooling water and humidity can cause foundations to sink or crack over time.

HVAC Inefficiencies

Insulation and ductwork damage from moisture and pests causes the HVAC system to work harder and drives up energy bills.

Decreased Home Value

Bad Odors
Foul odors from mildew, pests, and more can make the home less appealing to potential buyers.

Visible Damage

Buyers can request repairs or lower offers if they see water damage, mold, or pest evidence in the crawl space.

Required Repairs

Inspections often reveal issues that require fixing before a home can be sold.

Recommendations

Annual Inspections

Inspect and clean the crawl space thoroughly each year as part of home maintenance.

Moisture Control

Take steps to reduce moisture like fixing leaks, adding ventilation, and installing vapor barriers.

Pest Prevention

Eliminate clutter and food sources. Hire exterminators if pests take up residence.

Get Professional Inspections

Have specialists inspect the crawl space before listing a home for sale.

Regular maintenance helps avoid costly damage and keeps home values up.

Recommended Crawl Space Cleaning Frequency

Annual Inspections & Cleaning

Inspect for signs of moisture, mold, pests, etc.
Vacuum dust, cobwebs, and debris
Clear out clutter and trash

Every 2-3 Years

Thorough Cleaning
Remove all storage items
Take out insulation for inspection
Check vapor barriers
Consider ductwork cleaning

After Heavy Rains or Flooding

Prevent Water Damage
Look for standing water or leaks
Water can cause rapid damage in crawl spaces

When Installing Insulation

Prepare Space First
Clean and make any needed repairs before adding insulation

Before Listing a Home for Sale

Pre-Sale Inspection & Cleaning
Disclose any existing issues upfront for buyers

Determining your Specific frequency

Climate Factors
More frequent in hot & humid climates
Flood Potential
Clean after any heavy rain if prone to flooding
Existing Issues
Clean right away if you already see mold or pests
Consult the Experts
Ask contractors what’s best for your specific space
Following these guidelines helps maintain a clean, dry, and pest-free space.

Greg Lewis

Greg Lewis

Greg Lewis is the founder and CEO of Tier Restoration, a company dedicated to restoring the indoor environment of homes and businesses experiencing water damage, smoke damage, or mold contamination.

Greg has spent most of his life working in this industry in Nashville, Tennessee, in the 1970s, working in his father’s commercial cleaning business, in the 1980s and 1990s as a partner with his father in the Sears Carpet and Duct Cleaning franchise, then on his own since 2000.

Greg played his trumpet at Overton High School and the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and you can still find him playing throughout the Greater Nashville, Tennessee area.

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