Crawl Spaces

Feb 28, 2024

What happens in there?

It's dark, damp, and bugs love it. Where deal breakers are often found.


Crawl spaces are often overlooked but play a crucial role in the overall health and integrity of a home. Our attention to detail can uncover a myriad of issues within these hidden spaces. Let’s delve into the world of crawl space inspections and explore the types of findings we might encounter.

1. Moisture Intrusion:

One of the most common issues found in crawl spaces is moisture intrusion. Whether from groundwater seepage, plumbing leaks, or inadequate ventilation, excess moisture can lead to mold growth, wood rot, and structural damage. During inspections, be on the lookout for damp or wet areas, signs of water staining on surfaces, and musty odors, all indicative of moisture problems.

2. Insulation and Vapor Barrier Issues:

Inspecting the insulation and vapor barrier in the crawl space is essential for energy efficiency and moisture control. Look for damaged or missing insulation, improper installation, and gaps in the vapor barrier. Inadequate insulation can result in energy loss and temperature fluctuations, while a compromised vapor barrier can allow moisture to infiltrate the space.

3. Pest Infestations:

Crawl spaces provide an ideal environment for pests such as termites, rodents, and insects to thrive. Signs of pest infestations include droppings, gnaw marks on wood, and visible nests or trails. These pests can cause significant damage to structural, plumbing and electrical components and should be addressed promptly to prevent further deterioration.

4. Structural Concerns:

A thorough inspection of the crawl space should include an assessment of the structural integrity of the foundation and support systems. Look for signs of sagging or uneven floors, cracked or deteriorating foundation walls, and damaged support beams or joists. Identifying structural issues early on can help prevent costly repairs down the line.

5. Electrical and Plumbing Components:

While not always present, electrical and plumbing components may be found in crawl spaces, especially in older homes. Inspect wiring for signs of damage or improper connections, and check plumbing lines for leaks or corrosion. Ensuring these systems are in good condition is essential for both safety and functionality.

In the past month here are some things I’ve found when inspecting crawl spaces;

  1. Rats

  2. Snakes

  3. Deteriorated and damaged insulation

  4. rotten floor joists

  5. extreme termite infestation

  6. wood decaying fungus that had completely decayed floor framing components

  7. standing water

  8. improperly installed vapor barriers

  9. electrical hazards, exposed conductors/junctions

  10. foundation deficiencies

  11. improper foundation vent usage

  12. flooding/standing water evidence

  13. failing masonry walls

  14. rotten pilings

  15. repairs made without proper permits or engineer approval


Crawl space inspections are a critical aspect of the home inspection process, offering valuable insights into the overall condition of a property. By identifying issues such as moisture intrusion, insulation problems, pest infestations, structural concerns, and faulty electrical or plumbing components, we can help homeowners be aware of items and issues that need to be addressed, and in some cases avoided.

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