While Florida is an all-year-round paradise, it also experiences winter, which tends to keep people out of their crawl spaces. Temperatures rarely drop below 60°F; however, some homeowners avoid venturing into this area of their homes. Make sure you go in there at least once a week to reduce the number of surprises that await you.
Here are several reasons why you should always clean your crawl space in winter.
1) Keeps the crawl space dry
A damp crawl space sets the stage for many problems. Cleaning ensures your crawl space remains a damp-free zone. To ensure moisture levels remain low, consider installing a dehumidifier and waterproofing the space. Ask your local foundation and crawl space contractor to assist you with waterproofing and dehumidification.
2) Prevents mold and mildew
By taking care of the dampness problem, you will also prevent mold and mildew from taking over your crawl space. Both are hazardous as they trigger serious allergies, worsen your asthma and cause respiratory problems. Cleaning this space keeps mold and mildew out of your home so you and your loved ones will live and breathe easy.
3) Controls pests and insects
If you notice more pests and insects in your home, chances are they’re coming from the crawl space. Rats and termites thrive in damp, dirty and dark areas. When they infest your crawl space, you can be sure they will chew off your clothing, destroy your furniture and contaminate your food.
Remember, rats will also introduce fleas. And you all know how much of a nuisance they are when they cling to your clothes. Not sure if you’re ready to endure the bites and intense scratching? By cleaning your crawl space, you will stop pests from venturing into your living space.
4) Creates valuable storage space
Many people go to great lengths to create space in their already packed homes. Cleaning the crawl space can help create more storage for useful stuff such as tools, old clothes or the extra shoes you are thinking of giving to charity.
5) Eliminates musty odors
A dirty crawl space is going to attract crawling insects and pests such as cockroaches and rats, whose droppings can build up and cause an awful stench. Molds, mushrooms, and dampening will also contribute to the strong odors that air fresheners cannot mask. Cleaning the crawl space helps you rid your home of foul odors and at the same time improves the quality of indoor air.
6) Controls flooding
Likewise, cleaning your crawl space and waterproofing it ensures water does not collect underneath as a basin during the rainy season. It is not good to discover a fish pond right in the middle of the house. Plus, a flooded crawl space can adversely affect your home’s atmosphere, making it a humid and damp place all year round.
7) Preserves the strength of your foundation
A crawl space sits at the very foundation of the house. When it floods or gets damp, wood joists will rot and foundation walls get weaker. This may cause your house to cave in, putting the lives of your family in danger. Routine cleaning will remove water and keep your beams, joists and foundation walls dry and strong.
8) Reduces the need for repairs
Some people in Florida neglect their crawl spaces during house renovations, so simple problems that could take a few hours to fix and less than a couple of hundred dollars turn into full-scale crawl space repairs. In the end, they find themselves spending more time and money than they had planned. Routine cleaning will ensure your crawl space doesn’t fall into a state of disrepair.
9) Saves you money
Crawl space cleaning will ensure you replace damaged insulation and get rid of the dampness. In turn, this improves the cooling and heating efficiency of your home, greatly reducing the power draw needed to achieve your thermostat setting.
10) Restores your peace of mind
A clean crawl space will let you sleep and live in peace. You won’t have to worry about pests, crawling insects or moisture and its devastating effect on your home. Flood control will also assure you that even when you are on holiday away from home, your home is safe and protected from flood damage.
These are enough reasons why you should maintain a clean crawl space and how important it is to make crawl space cleaning chores a hobby. Now face your fears, go down there and make it sparkle.
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