Keeping your crawl space clean and dry is an important part of home maintenance. A neglected crawlspace can lead to major structural issues and can even affect the air quality of your home.
Tips for maintaining a clean, dry crawlspace
1. Get rid of excess water.
Regularly inspect the area for potential sources of water buildup including overflowing gutters, downspouts that are incorrectly directed, or areas around the foundation that don’t slope away from the house. Repair or redirect these areas to ensure that water doesn’t enter the crawlspace.
2. Install a moisture barrier.
Properly installing a vapor barrier on the floors and walls of the crawlspace can help keep moisture out. Make sure the material is professionally installed and that there are no tears or rips to allow water or air to enter.
3. Maintain adequate humidity levels.
Proper dehumidification is important to ensure excess moisture doesn’t build up in the space.
4. Check for pests.
Periodically inspect the crawlspace for signs of pests, like insects or rodents. Take care of any infestations as needed.
5. Clean the crawlspace regularly.
Vacuum the dust and dirt that accumulate and remove any debris that collects.
With consistent maintenance, you can help keep your crawl space functioning as it should and free from potential problems. Be sure to invest the time and effort and follow these tips to keep it dry and clean.