Above the ground, but underneath the subfloor is where the home’s crawlspace can be found. Structure, plumbing, wiring and ductwork can all be more accessible in a
crawlspace. However, mildew, mold and termites can find your home more accessible, due to the nature of what a crawlspace is and where it is located. This is why Atlanta Home Inspections – IHI Home Inspections finds it tremendously important to investigate the crawlspace area of a home.
Moisture levels underneath the home can uncover issues from inside the home sometimes. For instance, if there are signs of water damage below the area where the
refrigerator sits, this could be an indication of a water line leak. Other important areas are underneath the toilets, sinks, tubs and showers – anywhere there could be a sealing or
plumbing issue. However, moisture issues in the crawlspace are not limited to a leak. It could mean that the area just isn’t properly ventilated. This is a key element in the inspection,
because a high moisture level contributes to wood rot and promotes the growth of mold and mildew. Span and load is the support system of the home. Buckling, breaking or rotting
support systems can fail due to an elevated moisture level.
There should not be any loose wires dangling or strewn about within the crawlspace. Junction boxes should not be open and all wires should be properly contained. Loose,
exposed wiring can not only electrocute someone, but possibly start a fire.
Ductwork should be properly connected and supported. There should not be any kinks or binds in the connections to ensure proper airflow throughout the system. Electrical
current will also be checked in the instance of older ductwork made of metal.
It is important, no matter the age of the home, to have a home inspection performed during a real estate transaction. Don’t assume that a brand new construction will not
have one or more of these issues indicated. Also keep in mind, that any of these issues can also be resolved. There are many professionals out there who can help you if the need