If you’ve ever had a plumbing problem and tried to fix it yourself, chances are good that you ended up in the aptly-named crawl space of your house. These small spaces between the floor of your home and the ground offer (sort of) convenient access to things like pipes, duct work, and wiring. However, they can also be a virtual Petri dish for mold and fungus to grow under your house. They can also become a comfortable home to rodents and reptiles. Unsealed crawl spaces can make the air in your home very unhealthy, but if you are doing home repairs, an unsealed crawl space might seem downright scary! When considering whether to invest in crawl space sealing in Smyrna GA 30080, you might be primarily concerned with the air quality in your home. But making these home repair tasks easier is a great secondary reason to hire a professional to seal the area below your home.
1. Plumbing – Leaky and busted pipes are one of the leading causes of moisture in a crawl space. If you want to tackle plumbing repair yourself, it will be much easier to find the leak if the whole area is clean. You also won’t have to belly crawl through mud to complete the repair. Once the leak is fixed, you can use a wet/dry vacuum to remove the moisture and get your crawl space back to being dry and clean.
2. Duct work – If the duct work for your forced heating and air system runs under your floors, you might want to clean it or make sure it is well sealed and insulated. Having a sealed crawl space will make it much easier to determine if your ducts need insulated, and a sealed crawl space will mean that the air traveling through those vents isn’t contaminated by moldy and musty smells.
3. Wiring – Depending on when and where your home was built, code may or may not have prohibited wiring in the crawl space. Trying to repair faulty wiring in a wet space is very dangerous. Sealing your crawl space before you have any wiring problems will help make it safe for you or an electrician to investigate and repair wiring problems.
If you are interested in learning about all the ways that crawl space sealing can improve the health and safety of your home, contact us.