Do you know what’s under your house? How often do you grab your flashlight, put on an old pair of jeans you don’t care about, and venture into the subterranean depths of your crawl space? If you’re like most people, the answer is pretty much never. Why? It’s dirty. It’s smelly. You never know who you’ll meet down there.
The truth is, like all parts of your home, your crawl space needs regular inspection and maintenance. Unfortunately, most people don’t even think about their crawlspaces until they have a pipe burst down there, they start noticing an unpleasant odor, or someone starts getting sick a lot.
What can happen if regular maintenance or inspection isn’t done? The picture at the top of this post is a picture of a house we were called out on recently. A new addition was added to the house a few years ago, but the builder knew nothing of moisture management or sound building practices. And, he built the addition over the top of an old, still working ground well.
All of those missing areas where there are no floor joists are where the joists were so rotten that they were detached from the walls and floating in open space. The subfloor and all the walls in the house were covered with mold, and the homeowner just decided to gut the whole house. Also, almost all of the sill plate and rim joist, structural components of the house, had to be replaced due to rot.
Regular inspection by a competent crawl space professional could have prevented all of this damage, and saved the homeowner tens of thousands of dollars.
An Altra Dry crawl space audit can help you spot moisture, structure, and energy efficiency issues before they cause damage to your home. By analyzing your vapor barrier effectiveness, grading issues, and groundwater intrusions, Altra Dry can put you on the path to a cleaner, healthier, and more energy efficient home.