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This article lists potentially dangerous or un-healthy conditions that should be evaluated by an inspector or worker who is expected to enter, inspect, or work in a crawl space anywhere in a building. The crawl space shown in our page top photo was in our opinion not a readily accessible area. This decision is made by the inspector on the scene, not by anyone else.
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A number of conditions besides the old saw "accessibility" or size of the crawl space opening should be considered carefully by the home inspector, electrical inspector, or anyone who is deciding if it is safe to enter an crawl area anywhere in a building.
Separately at CRAWL SPACE ACCESS we describe codes & standards for accessing building crawl spaces and we describe methods used to enter or inspect crawl areas that are not accessible by normal means of an available hatch or opening or that lack adequate safe space for entry.
Here is a list of some safety and health considerations that the inspector should evaluate before deciding to enter a crawl space:
These suggestions are not a complete inventory of all safety procedures nor gear should be used when entering a crawl space. Contact Us by email to suggest changes, corrections, and additions to this material.
Readers whose crawl space or basement have been flooded should also see FLOODS IN BUILDINGS-priorities.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question: problem of limited access space for crawl space inspection
We are allowed only 18 inches of clearance. Many times is much lower and we can't give the client the needed inspection on the subflooring and integrity of the foundation. HELP! This is ia major problem. I probably "dig out" several times a week. - Don Harvey 9/25/12
I agree, Don.
Question: does light prevent mold growth in a crawl space
does light stop mold - Mike 11/19/12
Mike, generally, no, though mold species vary in their light preferences, some don't mind light a bit and grow readily on indoor wood or drywall surfaces exposed to both natural and artificial light.
Question: how do you clean up sewage in a crawl space
How do you clean up and dry out a sewage filled crawl space?
The leak is fixed, sewage and top layers of soil (if it's a dirt crawl) are removed, and the entire area sanitized.
Details are at SEWAGE BACKUP, WHAT TO DO
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