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By David Lelak - Atlanta home inspector | Home Inspector in Atlanta, GA

The Importance of Inspecting the Crawlspace - The Atlanta Home Inspector

Leak in the crawlspaceMany homes have basements or are built upon a slab. During Atlanta home Inspections, the Atlanta home inspector encounters crawlspaces, as well. So what exactly is a crawlspace?

 Underneath the subfloor, but above the ground is where the home's crawlspace can be found. Structure, plumbing, wiring and ductwork can all be more accessible in a crawlspace. However, mildew, mold and termites can find your home more accessible, due to the nature of what a crawlspace is and where it is located. This is why Atlanta Home Inspections - IHI Home Inspections finds it tremendously important to investigate the crawlspace area of a home. The team will suit up in appropriate gear and don masks when entering the crawlspace. This is an important precaution, because you never know for certain what might be found. Anything from snake skin to leaky pipes have been found in the past.

  Think of the inspection process as gathering clues. By tracing items that can be found, a different or bigger issue can be unearthed sometimes. For instance, moisture levels underneath the home can uncover issues from inside the home sometimes.  If there are signs of water damage below the area where the refrigerator sits, this could be an indication of a water line leak. Other important areas are underneath the toilets, sinks, tubs and showers - anywhere there could be a sealing or plumbing issue. However, moisture issues in the crawlspace are not limited to a leak. It could mean that the area just isn't properly ventilated. This is a key element in the inspection, because a high moisture level contributes to wood rot and promotes the growth of mold and mildew. Span and load is the support system of the home. Buckling, breaking or rotting support systems can fail due to an elevated moisture level.
 There should not be any loose wires dangling or strewn about within the crawlspace. Junction boxes should not be open and all wires should be properly contained. Loose, exposed wiring can not only electrocute someone, but possibly start a fire.

 Ductwork should be properly connected and supported. There should not be any kinks or binds in the connections to ensure proper airflow throughout the system.  Electrical current will also be checked in the instance of older ductwork made of metal.

 It is important, no matter the age of the home, to have a home inspection performed during a real estate transaction. Don't assume that a brand new construction will not have one or more of these issues indicated. Also keep in mind, that any of these issues can also be resolved. There are many professionals out there who can help you if the need should arise.

Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 


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