Crawlspace inspection checklist

There are nine (9) steps we take to inspect your crawlspace, and you can too.

Bright green checkmark, it represents a checklist item on a crawlspace inspection checklist by The Solutions Group
(1) Access door 

The crawlspace access door is your first line of defense against animals gaining entry. Is it in good shape (hinges, latches, wood, etc.) and does it seal properly? 

(2) Fungal growth

Any sign of fungal growth can be quickly nipped in the bud before it gets a chance to become an issue.  Fungal growth is a sure sign that your crawlspace has a moisture problem. 

(3) Insulation condition

Hanging insulation can mean excess condensation is occurring in your crawlspace.  We also look for signs of rodents nesting in your warm insulation.

(4) Humidity

Humidity control is key to keeping troublesome fungal growth at bay.

(5) Water staining 

Block and brick are NOT impervious to water penetration; moisture can make its way into your crawlspace. Staining on your foundation walls from water/moisture is a sure sign of bigger issues. Is the water around your home being controlled?

(6) Systems leaks  

Leaks can become a headache if they are not caught. Not only do leaks create unwanted moisture in a crawlspace, they cost you money…now. Plumbing lines, water heaters and HVAC units can all create unwanted moisture issues. Catch them quickly and have them addressed before your wallet starts dripping!

(7) Ductwork  

Your ductwork is a major contributor to what you may be experiencing in your home. A leaky seam/connection can allow “dirty” crawlspace air to be pulled into the duct from the crawlspace as the “clean” air travels through as it heats or cools your home. Bleh! We also inspect for compromised duct insulation and age decomposition.

(8) Moisture levels  

Moisture readings will be taken in your wooden floor system. Elevated levels indicate a problem.

(9) Potential hazards  

Rodents are notorious for wreaking havoc in a home. They will chew wires, plastic, ductwork…whatever they can sink their teeth into. They also leave a mess that is potentially hazardous to humans. Not to mention the fact that they will scare you to death if you come across one!

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