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Should Your New Home Have a Crawl Space?

Home buyers—and even homeowners—rarely think about what’s under their feet when searching for a home. Especially if they’re walking on top of a crawl space. When looking for a home, you often see the phrase “crawl space” in the listing. So, what’s a crawl space?

A crawl space is an empty area under the floor of a home between the ground and the first floor. It’s roughly 1 foot to 3 feet high—just high enough for someone to enter by crawling, as its name implies.

Besides elevating your home off the ground, a crawl space is a convenient and inconspicuous place to stow away parts of the heating and cooling systems, duct work, insulation, plumbing, cables, and electrical wiring.

The Positives of a crawl space in your house.

A crawl space allows unrestricted access to plumbing, electrical wiring, drywall, insulation and heating, and cooling systems.

This way, if there’s a problem with insulation, moisture, mold, or your air systems, it can be accessed quickly to address the issue.

Problems like pipe leaks that would have otherwise required an excavation are much more straightforward to resolve with a crawl space.

Crawl spaces are most suited for areas in the South with high moisture or coastal areas with sandy soil.

Crawl spaces make repairs easy.

However, proper ventilation of a crawl space is critical to dry your home, prevent mold, and guard the structural integrity of your home—not to mention your health.

So if you’re becoming a homeowner, you need to have your home inspector check the crawl space and basement areas before signing a contract.

Often, crawl space repair moves to the top of your list if there’s a problem with humidity, standing water, or other water concerns. The most suitable solution is to contact Carolina Foundation Solutions about an encapsulation system. The system can seal off the area and reduce crawl space issues.

North and South Carolina are particularly humid, so you should consider installing a dehumidifier to fight moisture. An Aprilaire dehumidifier can keep spores, mites, mold, moisture, and wood rot from taking hold in your home’s crawl space.

Should your new home have a crawl space?

If you’re building a new home in the Carolinas and wondering if you should have a crawl space, the weather in your area and your budget will be essential factors to consider.

When in doubt, confer with an engineer and a specialized contractor to discover whether a crawl space is suitable for your new home.

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