Crawlspace Hazards

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An underground crawl space (as the name implies) is a type of basement in which one cannot stand up (the height may be as little as one foot), and the surface is often soil. Crawl spaces offer a convenient access to pipes, substructures and a variety of other areas that may be difficult or expensive to access otherwise.  Crawlspaces are host to a large number of conditions that may harm the house. Their cool, dark environment attracts undesirable pests and can promote dangerous conditions. The following are some of the more common dangers discovered in crawlspaces:

  • Mold and fungus can grow rapidly in crawlspaces
  • Dirt crawlspaces provide the environment that is enjoyed by ants, termites, and various other pests that can wreak havoc to the home. When encountered with a termite or pest infestation, it may be worth checking out something like Termite Control Kansas City to help eliminate any infestation in the crawlspace.
  • Dirt crawlspaces are susceptible to water seepage, which can create a host of problems, such as microbial growth, odors, damage to stored belongings, and risk of electrical shock.
  • Structural collapse

Since crawlspaces are mostly un-monitored, hazards can breed there unchecked for long periods of time. Homes with crawlspace-related issues often require costly remediation prior to closing the deal.