Home inspectors have to be extra cautious when inspecting certain areas of the home. One of these areas is the crawlspace underneath the home. The reasons for this are obvious as they are dark places and usually remain unchecked for long periods of time. This means that there is the potential for all kinds of hazards to be found there. So, what are some of these dangers that a homeowner should be aware of?
One of these potential dangers are animals and pests. A crawlspace might be home to all kinds of creatures, some of which could be dangerous if they come in contact with a human. The risk is increased because crawlspaces are tough areas to move around in, so you could find yourself face to face with one of these critters and have no easy means of retreat.
Some other issues you might encounter with crawlspaces are standing water or even sewage. Most of us are aware that this can create a variety of health problems and can damage any belongings you have there. Mold and fungus are another cause for concern with crawlspaces as they thrive in this type of dark, damp environment.
If you are uncertain whether the home has any structural problems, make sure you are extra careful when going into a crawlspace. As home inspectors, we are very vigilant when it comes to this. If you need to go into a under house crawlspace, always make sure someone knows where you are and what you are doing. You could easily encounter problems or get trapped so it’s important to have someone else aware of what you are doing. There are many other dangers associated with under house crawlspaces, so remember, if you need to go into one make sure you are wearing the appropriate protective clothing and equipment.
Dave Graham, Tempest Home Inspection. Calgary Alberta