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ARCHITECTURE & BUILDING COMPONENT ID
BEAMS, CRACKS CHECKS SPLITTING
BRICK FOUNDATIONS & WALLS
BUILDING DAMAGE ASSESSMENT & REPAIR
CHIMNEY INSPECTION DIAGNOSIS REPAIR
COLUMNS & POSTS, DEFECTS
CONCRETE DELIVERY & MIXING
CONCRETE FOUNDATION, WALL, SLAB DEFECTS
CONNECTORS, FASTENERS, TIES
DECK & PORCH CONSTRUCTION
DEFINITIONS of MOBILE HOME, DOUBLEWIDE
MODULAR, PANELIZED CONSTRUCTION
DEFINITIONS of ENGINEERED WOOD OSB LVL etc
DISASTER BUILDING INSPECTION & REPAIR
EARTHQUAKE DAMAGED FOUNDATIONS
FIRE DAMAGE vs MOLD DAMAGE
FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, SAFETY & CLEANUP
FLOOR FRAMING & SUBFLOOR
FOOTING & FOUNDATION DRAINS
FOUNDATION CRACKS & DAMAGE GUIDE
FOUNDATION REPAIR METHODS
FRAMING CONNECTORS & JOIST HANGERS
FRAMING DAMAGE, INSPECTION, REPAIR
FRAMING FASTENERS, NAILS, SCREWS, & HIDDEN
FRAMING MATERIALS, Age, Types
FRAMING SIZE & Spacing, Age, Types
FRAMING TABLES, SPANS for DECKS
GRADING, DRAINAGE & SITE WORK
HOUSE PARTS, DEFINITIONS
INSECT INFESTATION / DAMAGE
KIT HOMES, Aladdin, Sears, Wards, Others
LOG HOME GUIDE
MOBILE HOMES, DOUBLEWIDES, TRAILERS
MODULAR HOME CONSTRUCTION
MOISTURE CONTROL in BUILDINGS
PORCH CONSTRUCTION & SCREENING
PRE-CUT & KIT HOMES
RETAINING WALL DESIGNS, TYPES, DAMAGE
ROT, FUNGUS, INSECT DAMAGE
SINKHOLES, WARNING SIGNS
STAIRS, RAILINGS, LANDINGS, RAMPS
STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION
STRESS SKIN INSULATED PANELS
STRUCTURAL WOOD ASSESSMENT
TIMBER FRAMING, ROT
TRUSSES, FLOOR & ROOF
WALL CONSTRUCTION BARRIER vs CAVITY
WATER ENTRY in BUILDINGS
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.
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This article provides a list of some safety and health considerations that the building or home inspector or anyone else should evaluate before deciding to enter a crawl space.
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.
These crawl space safety suggestions are not an exhaustive inventory of all safety procedures nor gear should be used when entering a crawl space. Additional protective equipment and even accompaniment, breathing apparatus, and rescue gear may be required according to building structure, safety, and other conditions.
Readers whose crawl space or basement have been flooded should also see FLOODS IN BUILDINGS-priorities.
Continue reading at CRAWL SPACE ACCESS or select a topic from the More Reading links shown below.
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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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