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What about the gaps around electrical and plumbing penetrations between my crawl space and living space?

Thanks for your question! There is little room for shortcuts in crawl spaces. Unfortunately, many people don’t think about the space much, but it really does matter to the overall health and comfort of your home. When it comes to crawl spaces, you’re right to sweat the small stuff. Attention to these seemingly small details can help you avoid big [...]

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What if I see mold or mildew on the floor joists in my crawl space?

Don’t ignore mold or mildew on the floor joists in your crawl space. Among other concerns, mold and mildew can lead to health problems in humans as well as pets. As spores enter the living area from the crawl space, respiratory illness and odor will reduce quality of living. Your best strategy – remove mold and mildew and address [...]

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How do plumbing leaks affect crawlspaces?

Plumbing leaks and crawlspaces – two things no one likes to think about or talk about. Still, it is the wise homeowner that does so anyway. Without proper attention, these two can add up to one big headache. Kudos to you for getting ahead of the problem. Here’s what you need to know.Plumbing leaks can lead to big problemsYou [...]

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Should I plug up any holes between the crawl space and the house?

Thanks for your question! When it comes to the crawl space it can seem that out of sight means safely out of mind. That simply isn’t true. More accurately, your crawl space contributes significantly to the health of your home and your family. That’s why it is important to give this space more than mere passing consideration. When you invest [...]

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Should I install plastic on the foundation wall?

You’ve probably heard lots of different answers about the value of installing plastic on your foundation wall. Ultimately, if you are looking for a way to keep moisture out, this is the way to go. Here’s why…Wet crawlspaces = TROUBLEWater in any form, in unwanted places is the enemy of healthy homes and crawlspaces. Once [...]

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How do I fix water problems in my crawl space that are coming from the outside?

Water coming in from outside is a hassle that needs to addressed in a hurry. Let’s take a look at common culprits and solutions.Start with gutters and downspoutsClogged gutters and misdirected downspouts do little to protect your home from water. If you have water problems in your crawlspace, this is a good place to begin your detective work. Gutters should be [...]

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My crawl space is only 2 ft. tall, would I still benefit from a closed crawl space?

That’s a good question! The answer is you will still benefit but clearance in the crawl space may present a challenge without the right tools and supplies. As you are considering a closed or encapsulated crawlspace, think about these advantages. When you’re ready for supplies, or have questions, give us a call. Crawlspace Depot has the experience and tools [...]

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How do I determine if I need a dehumidifier in my closed crawl space?

Closed crawl spaces mean less worry about excess moisture and the problems it brings. Still, it is impossible to remove absolutely all moisture, all the time. In some climates and seasons it may be necessary to add a dehumidifier in your closed crawl space. When do you need a dehumidifier? It may be hard to know, particularly if you [...]

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Before I install a vapor barrier, can I just cover up the debris in the crawl space?

No, all debris should be removed from the crawl space before you put in a vapor barrier.

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Why do my wood floors buckle and cup in the summertime?

If you have a crawl space and the cupping is upward, then hot, moist air from the outside is entering the crawl space. The wood floors then absorb the moisture from their underlying side, making the bottom of the boards expand and the boards "cup" upwards. Installing a closed crawl space will prevent any outside [...]

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