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10 Reasons to Clean Your Florida Crawl Space

moldy, dirty crawl space

Some people in Florida neglect their crawl spaces, so simple problems that would otherwise take a few hours to fix and less than a couple of hundred dollars require full-scale crawl space repairs. In the end, homeowners find themselves spending more time and money than they had planned. Routine cleaning will ensure your crawl space doesn’t fall into a state of disrepair.

Here are several reasons why you should always clean your crawl space.

Top Reasons to Clean Your Crawl Space

flooded crawl space

1. It Helps Keep Your Crawl Space Dry

A damp crawl space sets the stage for many problems. Cleaning ensures your crawl space remains a damp-free zone. To ensure moisture levels remain low, consider installing a dehumidifier and waterproofing the space. Ask your local foundation and crawl space contractor to assist you with waterproofing and dehumidification.

crawl space before cleaning

2. It Prevents Mold and Mildew Growth

By taking care of the dampness problem, you will also prevent mold and mildew from taking over your crawl space. Both are hazardous as they trigger serious allergies, worsen your asthma and cause respiratory problems. Cleaning this space keeps mold and mildew out of your home so you and your loved ones will live and breathe easy.

animal remains in a crawl space

3. It Helps Prevent Pests Infestation

If you notice more pests and insects in your home, chances are they’re coming from the crawl space. Rats and termites thrive in damp, dirty, and dark areas. When they infest your crawl space, you can be sure they will chew off your clothing, destroy your furniture and contaminate your food.

Remember, rats will also introduce fleas. And you all know how much of a nuisance they are when they cling to your clothes. Not sure if you’re ready to endure the bites and intense scratching? By cleaning your crawl space, you will make your home less attractive to pests.

clean crawl space with dirt floor

4. It Creates Extra Storage Space

Many people go to great lengths to create space in their already packed homes. Cleaning the crawl space can help create more storage for useful stuff such as tools, old clothes, or the extra shoes you are thinking of giving to charity.

man smelling must crawl space

5. It Eliminates Musty Odors

A dirty crawl space is going to attract crawling insects and pests such as cockroaches and rats, whose droppings can build up and cause an awful stench. Molds, mushrooms, and dampening will also contribute to the strong odors that air fresheners cannot mask. Cleaning the crawl space helps you rid your home of foul odors and at the same time improves the quality of indoor air.

floor joist damaged by wood rot and mold

6. It Protects Your Foundation

A crawl space sits at the very foundation of the house. When it floods or gets damp, wood joists will rot and foundation walls get weaker. This may cause your house to cave in, putting the lives of your family in danger. Routine cleaning will remove water and keep your beams, joists, and foundation walls dry and strong.

money for energy bills

7. It Saves Money on Repairs and Energy Bills

Crawl space cleaning will ensure you replace damaged insulation and get rid of the dampness. In turn, this improves the cooling and heating efficiency of your home, greatly reducing the power draw needed to achieve your thermostat setting.

children playing with toys

8. It Gives You Peace of Mind and Protects Your Loved Ones

A clean crawl space will let you sleep and live in peace. You won’t have to worry about as many pests or crawling insects, or moisture and its devastating effect on your home. Flood control will also assure you that even when you are on holiday away from home, your home is safe and protected from flood damage.

These are enough reasons why you should maintain a clean crawl space and how important it is to make crawl space cleaning chores a hobby. Now face your fears, go down there and make it sparkle.

Have moisture problems in your home? Schedule an inspection and get free crawl space waterproofing quotes today.

Crawl Space Cleaning FAQs

Mold is a microorganism that is capable of triggering allergies, illness, or in the worst-case scenario, hazardous breathing problems. Long-term exposure to mold damages your respiratory system, so a moldy crawl space is a health hazard. Even if you don’t spend time in your home’s crawl space, mold can still cause health problems because of the stack effect.

This is because the air in your basement or crawl space rises into your home and pollutes the air. Mold releases spores in the crawl space, so the air that rises into your home is infected with spores and other particles from the crawl space. Breathing this poor air quality in for months can lead to health issues. Plus, your nose quickly becomes used to the smell of mold, which can make identifying it even harder. Stay alert.

Mold is so persistent that you need to get remediation specialists to remove it. Professional mold removal is guaranteed to remove all mold from your crawl space, even the mold in places you never considered. Next, you’ll want to waterproof your basement with the help of the experts at Alpha Foundations. If moisture can enter your crawl space, mold always has a chance to grow.

Crawl space vents can actually cause moisture damage, even though they were designed to prevent it. With this new information, crawl space vent covers are often purchased by homeowner’s looking to seal their vents and improve the health of their crawl space. While this can provide some protection, it isn’t enough to keep moisture out of your crawl space completely.

Water vapor can still seep through the concrete walls and raise humidity levels in your crawl space. When moisture enters the crawl space, condensation occurs since the air in your West Palm Beach crawl space is usually cooler than the humid Florida air. If there are enough condensation droplets that form in your foundation, water can begin to pool on the ground and cause even more moisture issues. This becomes dangerous as temperatures cool outside in the winter, because the moisture in your crawl space can expand and displace the soil – causing further structural problems such as cracked walls or uneven floors.

Besides a vent cover, you should consider contacting Alpha Foundations to install a vapor barrier, dehumidifier, and sump pump to keep your crawl space completely dry. Since crawl spaces sit close to the ground, which is susceptible to groundwater during storms, they are easily exposed to water no matter the weather conditions. Keeping a crawl space dry is key to keeping your home functioning properly. Consider more options beyond crawl space vent covers.

Preventing future foundation problems involves regular maintenance, such as ensuring proper drainage around your home, controlling moisture levels, and checking for early signs of damage. Addressing small issues sooner rather than later can help prevent larger foundation problems later.

Michael Wilcher

Michael Wilcher

Michael Wilcher is the Content Lead at Groundworks, helping us to answer all of our customers biggest questions about foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and concrete lifting. In his free time, Michael enjoys collecting vinyl records, watching Formula 1 Racing, and reading philosophy. He holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge.

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