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Two kangaroos on a beach

Down Under’ is not a reference to Australia but rather the generally forgotten crawlspace under your home. It’s easy to think about being bitten if a vicious dog barking at our heels suddenly startles us. But when do we begin thinking about 3 huge problems associated with our out of sight, out of mind, crawlspace? Structural decay, health risks, and resale value should be of key importance to those among us with a crawlspace.

We must remember that the vast majority of building materials to include lumber, block, insulation and the like do not fair very well in dark, damp, and humid places. As a builder, a crawlspace has always been my last resort. But there are occasions when a crawlspace is the only option. If that is the case it must be done right in order to maintain the structural integrity of the upper dwelling and to avoid the health issues far too often fostered by what lurks below. A properly encapsulated crawlspace will not only hinder or eliminate decay, but also keep your home healthy from mold and other potential toxins. As well, common sense tells us that a sound and healthy home will garner the higher dollar at time of resale.

We visit far to many crawlspace homes where a thin piece of cheap plastic purchased, from one of the local building supply houses, is the only barrier between the homeowner and the trouble brewing below. Next post we’ll address proper encapsulation, but don’t wait to call us if you’re down under isn’t on the up and up.