Despite providing easy access to pipes and substructures, crawlspaces are often a concern to home inspectors as severe damage can occur without proper maintenance as well as improper installation.
There are several ways that extensive damage can transpire and affect your potential home. Crawlspaces are difficult to enter due to height restrictions so homeowners may never check them, thus the reasoning for potential long-term mould issues.
Water from an exposed ground floor, water vapour from vents, cracks in foundation, underground springs and moisture from concrete can create an inevitable mould infestation. Mould thrives on surfaces like drywall, insulation and wood products.
Crawlspaces can also have issues with rodent inhabitation, and pet urination issues within the home can often seep through the floors and mimic mould issues.
When inspecting a crawl space, it is important to look at the flooring. If your crawl space has a dirt floor, the crawlspace will always likely have moisture issues.
If mould is evident in the crawlspace, it is imperative to seek remediation and determine the main cause. A qualified company can investigate further.
If you believe there could be the potential for moisture issues in the future, it is advised to calculate the extra cost of either waterproofing the property, installing a sealing system or drainage/sump pumps.
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