Is a Crawlspace Inspection Worth It?

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Crawlspaces are common among homes built in this part of the country. The problem? Our humid environment can cause significant damage to your crawlspace and your home unless specific steps are taken in time. Crawlspace problems aren’t just something that happens to old, neglected homes. It can even occur in newly built homes! While you probably don’t pay much attention to your crawlspace, ignoring it could end up being a costly mistake in the end. Today on the blog, find out why getting a crawlspace inspection is worth the cost.

First, let’s set the record straight. Our Murfreesboro crawlspace inspectors are licensed and trained, which means they will spot evidence of mold or moisture problems that an untrained eye might miss. And, crawlspace inspections usually are done at no cost. In fact, here at Ameri Care, we pride ourselves on price transparency, which is why we are happy to provide an obligation-free estimate, should we inspect your crawlspace and determine it has a moisture problem.

What to expect during a crawlspace inspection

Let’s take a look at what a crawlspace inspection involves, and what you can expect from it. The inspection involves three components: 1) Entry, 2) Superficial Observations, and 3) Detailed Observations. Here’s what each of these steps mean.

Entry

During this phase, your Murfreesboro crawlspace inspector assesses the point of entry. There needs to be an opening large enough for the inspector to crawl through. If it isn’t, they may need to widen the space for access. However, this would be discussed with you before any changes have been made.

Superficial Observations

As the inspector makes their way through the crawlspace, they will be observing these items:

  • Insect/pest infestations
  • Evidence of moisture
  • Mold or mildew growth
  • Foundation cracks
  • Assessing ventilation
  • Inspecting current vapor barrier

Detailed Observations

The inspector may take notes and photograph any problem areas to be used to compile their report and as evidence of the crawlspace’s condition. All recommended services or repairs will be based on the inspector’s findings. We provide a detailed report outlining the cost of repairs, our guarantee, and what you can expect should you hire us to perform our services.

Who should get a crawlspace inspection?

Contrary to popular belief that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” every crawlspace should be inspected. Some state building codes haven’t been updated in decades, which means that builders construct homes using regulations that were put into place before some of us were even born. While building codes may be behind the times, our climate isn’t. Humid climates like what we experience here in Middle Tennessee leave many homes with moisture and mold problems that start in the crawlspace. Not only is this a significant health hazard, but it could also compromise the structural integrity of your home. Even if there is a vapor barrier in your crawlspace, that doesn’t protect it against moisture damage or mold. While mold is natural, and everywhere in the environment around us, it should not be present under your home.

A Solution to the Problem

Ameri Care offers crawlspace encapsulation services and specially designed dehumidifiers to reduce the moisture inside your crawlspace, ensuring the air inside your home is safe. If you would like to schedule a complimentary crawlspace inspection or find out more about our services, call Ameri Care at (615) 893-7111. We provide our services to Middle Tennessee, including Nashville, Murfreesboro, Hermitage, and Mt. Juliet.