A crawl space is an important part of the home that often goes unnoticed. While it’s located beneath you, it plays an important role in your living space’s air quality and how warm it stays during the winter.
It’s crucial that homeowners maintain this area during the winter for quite a few reasons. Below you’ll discover why it’s so vital and a handful of ways you can do so.
Why Should I Maintain My Crawl Space During the Winter?
Maintaining your crawl space during the winter is important because it will ensure cold temperatures don’t sneak into your home. It will also prevent freezing pipes and discourage pests from living in the space to stay warm.
3 Ways to Keep Your Crawl Space Maintained During This Season
Close Vents: One of the best ways to keep your crawl space maintained during the winter is to close its vents. The vents contain small openings that encourage air flow during the summer. However, if they stay open during the winter, it will only allow cold air to sneak in. Because of this, you’ll find your home might have chilly temperatures or that your pipes easily freeze.
To prevent this, always make sure to close your vents before the first frost. You might also want to seal them with caulking or cover them with a piece of plywood.
Check the Moisture Barrier: A moisture barrier is a thick layer that protects your crawl space from toxins, pests, and cold air. If you have one, it’s important to do periodic checks of it throughout the winter to ensure it’s holding up. If you notice tears in it or that it’s falling off of the wall, quickly fix it.
Apply Insulation: If you notice that your floors are cold or your home’s air seems to be a little chillier than normal, it could be due to your crawl space. The air circulating within it will eventually rise into your home. If the crawl space isn’t insulated, this cold air will make your home seem very frigid despite you having the heat on.
While you should ideally have insulation installed before this season, it’s never too late to add it. You can apply thick insulation around the walls to prevent cold air from blowing through your home. You could also contact a professional to assist with this process.
Maintaining your crawl space during the winter is important if you want to avoid fluctuating temperatures and frozen pipes. Around Santa Rosa RCS can assist with it by sending a team out to do inspections. We can also install insulation, moisture barriers, or clean up debris left behind by pests.