What Exactly is a Crawl Space?

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For first time homeowners, there are many things in your home that can seem like a mystery? Where is this? What is that? How does this work? So many questions with very few answers (unless you search for everything online). Today, you’re going to learn a little bit about crawl spaces.

Is it a Basement?
Rather than being a fully functional room like a basement, the crawl space is a smaller version that takes its place. While both act as a foundation for the house, crawl spaces are too small to be a livable. Most crawl spaces are shorter than six feet and might not be completely leveled as a basement would be.

What Does it Do?
Crawl spaces help put space between the ground and the house itself. The house rests on the foundation walls of the crawl space which can offer many advantages. If there is flooding on the property, water might enter the crawl space, but the house itself will remain untouched. If termites exist in the soil beneath the house, they might have a harder time finding the wood of your house to chew on, compared to a normal concrete slab foundation.

Moisture Problems
Installing a sump pump in your crawl space is a great way to avoid flooding and serious water damage. However, the crawl space can still harbor moisture which can eventually promote the growth of mold. Once mold and water damage becomes present in your crawl space, it can begin to negatively affect the indoor air quality of your home. In order to prevent moisture from accumulating, have insulation and a water vapor barrier installed. Also, look into gravel as your choice for the flooring of the crawl space.

Knowing what your crawl space is, what it does, and how you can keep it maintained is important for the health of your home. When you need your crawl space cleaned and insulated, contact the pros at EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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