The space under your floor is without a doubt a scary place that nobody wants to even think about. Unfortunately, ignorance is not bliss when it comes to the crawl space because it affects the quality of air that comes into your house. If the crawl space is dusty and smelly, you can be sure that the air that comes into your home will also contain dust and bad smells leading not only to bad air quality but also allergies.
Here are some of the reasons why it’s critical to maintain and cleanup the crawl space regularly:
The quality of air that comes into your house can affect the health of every member of the family especially those who have allergies. If you notice sudden signs of asthma, sneezing and wheezing, blocked chest, watery eyes and bronchitis, the crawl space could be the culprit. Dusty air full of bacteria and viruses can cause diseases and trigger allergies but this can be prevented by cleaning the crawlspace and attic regularly.
Rodents and other sneaky pests find the crawl space to be the perfect hide-out to sleep and procreate. With time, some rodents will die and emit a horrible smell that will come up your house. Worse still, the pest’s urine and feces damage the structural integrity of the house and also encourage bad bacteria that can cause diseases to your family. The only way to get rid of those rodents and have your crawl space back is to have professional exterminators who will kill them, clean up the crawl space and do some rodent proofing.
The crawl space is very vulnerable to gaining moisture especially if there is a water leak in the basement or around the house. Over time, the moisture will cause mold and mildew, rotten wood, fungi and degraded insulation. You can prevent all these things by regularly cleaning and deodorizing the crawl space so you can have a clean and dry place.
Plumbing and wiring
The crawlspace is the perfect place to pass wires and pipes especially for plumbing and electrical fixtures. If the crawl space is full of dust, debris and sagging insulation, these pipes will get stuck in the middle instead of passing through to the other side. You should be able to see the other side of your house when you look down through your crawl space and if you cannot, it is time for a cleanup.
The attic and crawl spaces play an important role in energy efficiency. If the insulation in those two areas is poorly done or damaged, the HVAC unit will have to work overtime to compensate so you have a comfortable home environment. Unfortunately, most people don’t give a second thought about their crawl space insulation once they move in because it’s a scary and unpleasant space. A dirty crawl space encourages rodents and other pests that mess up the insulation and also clog the air ducts causing the air conditioner to work extra hard. It is imperative that you have the crawl space cleaned regularly so the HVAC can have a break and the structural integrity of the house is not compromised.
Crawlspace cleanup is no fun but it is crucial for the health of your family and the structural integrity of your home. However, you should never try to do the cleanup yourself in the name of saving money. Leave this task to the professionals at Attic Projects who have the proper gear to protect themselves from animal attack and bacteria and also know what safety measures to take.
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