How to Protect Your Crawl Space

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Your crawl space is likely not a place you often visit, which means it’s even more vulnerable to pests and mold infestations. If you don’t properly care for and protect your crawl space, you could be doing damage not only to your home but your home’s air quality. The experts at Interstate Pest Management put together this list of ways to protect your crawl space so that you can ensure the health and safety of your home and family!

Clean Your Crawl Space

Cleaning up leaking and standing water is a huge part of cleaning your crawl space because it gives you insight into specific problems that might need immediate attention. It may be as simple as stopping a leak, or it may be as intricate as installing a perimeter drain, but you won’t know until you get in and find out.

The same can be said for discovering pests and rodents, which need to be exterminated as quickly as possible to prevent further infestation. It’s equally as important to clean up anything that’s been left behind by these unwanted house guests, to ensure a truly fresh start.

Protect Your Crawl Space

Once you’ve got a clean crawl space, you’ll want to block it off to prevent future pest and moisture accumulation. This process includes checking and sealing all cracks and holes around each vent and entry point, while also providing enough ventilation and airflow to keep it dry.

Installing a CleanSpace vapor barrier will help strengthen and secure your crawl space by preventing deterioration brought on by standing moisture. Lining the crawl space with thick sheets of plastic may be difficult, but it’s a useful tool for maintaining the structure of your entire house.

Regulate Your Crawl Space

The last tool in your crawl space arsenal is the insulation and regulation of its temperature year-round. While the most popular type of insulation is fiberglass batts, it’s a good idea to include a spray foam insulation to further secure and seal exposed cracks and crevices. Maintaining this area’s temperature will prevent unnecessary heating and cooling expenses that arise from the inconsistent airflow of an unregulated crawl space.

So there you have it: our surefire ways to protect and maintain your crawl space and ensure it (and your entire home’s) safety. Or, better yet, find out how our crawl space experts can stop dangerous air conditions, prevent hazardous infestations, and safeguard the overall well-being of your home and your family, so you don’t have to worry about it!