You probably clean your house on a fairly regular basis, but did you ever think of occasionally cleaning your crawl space as well? Crawl spaces are dark, foul-smelling places that many people would rather not have in their homes. But just like your other living areas, the crawl space needs to be cleaned from time to time too. It’s one of those things that simply need to be done.
When you get ready to buy a home, it’s important to look around to see how much space is going to be consumed by the home itself. Usually, when a seller lists, he includes a section of the finished basement on the sales page. If it’s not included, ask the seller if there’s a room there that you could move some of the items you’re not really using into. If yes, maybe you could use it for storage of clutter. You never know, it might be the perfect place for your basement.
Many people don’t realize how much the average household uses its crawl spaces. Let’s face it; crawl spaces have been used so much that most people have boxes and junks there that they don’t know what to do with. It can be hard to find garage sale items that aren’t cluttered. You might even have some in your garage that has been in there for 20 years or more! The possibilities are endless. When you start thinking about making your Crawl Space Clean Up, you will quickly realize just how many options are available.
One of the first things to consider is ventilation. Remember, these places are full of air, so you want to make sure that you have good ventilation. Open the door and put a fan in to circulate the air. Also, keep an eye on the heating and cooling ducts because many times they are clogged from time to time.
It’s very important that the floor drain is working properly. If it isn’t, then you will be struggling to remove all the excess water from the space. If you keep the floor drain open, you can use a basement dehumidifier to keep the space from getting too wet. This works well for a lot of residential spaces because the humidity levels are usually pretty low.
Another important thing is to keep the space free of debris. A cluttered space will not look nice, and it will also make it uncomfortable to spend time in. You will also want to keep debris out of the space. If it is too dark, put carpet down to give the impression that there is more light.
Make sure to clean up spills ASAP. You will want to take pictures, so having the space cleaned up right away will help you. Just make sure that you have clean absorbent materials on hand to catch the spills that do occur.
When you are done, you will find that you are ready to have another crawl space clean up right away. Make sure that you follow the same steps that you used on the previous space. If you want the next space to feel new and fresh, try cleaning it up with a darker color. Also, be sure to clean the walls with thicker paint. The walls will be the last thing that you see, so make sure that you like what you see when you are done.
Crawl spaces are usually beneath homes. That means that you need to make sure that there are no leaks. Check water lines and any sprinkler head to make sure that they are clear. Make sure that there are no large or old appliances in the crawl space. They could be causing excess humidity and rotting food.
If you can remove all the trash and broken items from the space as soon as possible. Crawl space tends to collect a lot of trash and items that have been broken. Once you have emptied your crawl space of unwanted things, it will seem much cleaner. Just be sure to pick up all of your trash and clean up quickly if you do not want mold and mildew to grow.
It might be helpful to purchase a dehumidifier to set up in the space. This will eliminate the excess moisture and lower the relative humidity level. When this has been done, you can move back in. Remember that mold and mildew can be complicated to get rid of. So, it is probably a good idea to empty the space and clean up any leftover materials in the long run.