Often in this industry, we encounter homeowners who are focused on balancing and prioritizing funds. It’s no secret that it’s much more exciting to pay for new flooring or freshly painted walls than to have work done in the crawlspace where most people will never see the beauty of your investment. We know. It’s just not sexy.
So why bother? Homes are built for aesthetic, yes; but there are also the fundamental aspects constructed for purely functional reasons. Underneath the home is the most common areas for utilities to snake secretly through. Plumbing, wiring, duct work, and insulation dominate the area underneath your feet. It is also the single most important structural piece of the house. Everything rests above the crawlspace.
Most homes are built to a high standard nowadays, but even the best constructed homes are often victim to moisture problems. Water vapor penetrates through foundation vents, porous cinderblock, and is released right from the soil floor. This moisture causes fungus which can damage the structural wood members just like termites. Also, about 50% of the air you breath on the first level of your home comes from the crawlspace. If you have fungus in the crawlspace, you are breathing spores in the living space.
Moisture can cause those beautiful hardwood floors to bow. Standing water can cause the foundation to sink, harming the structural integrity of the entire house. The crawlspace may not be an attractive area to spruce up, but it is extremely important to invest in, to protect what is ultimately the most important investment – your home.
This is why we have chosen to go where no one else wants to. This is why what we do is so important. It is also why sometimes, the cabinets and the floors should wait.
– Jon Childress, Owner