Crawl Space Smell
Have you ever opened your crawl space door to look around and noticed some serious funk coming out? There is nothing worse than a stale, mildewy crawl space smell. Have you noticed that your home’s first floor or certain rooms in the home smells musty following a heavy rain? Or do you notice a musty smell 24/7 on the first floor of your home? These issues could all be coming from your crawl space.
Prior to an inspection, we typically ask a potential client why they decided to start searching for crawl space contractors. A common answer is a bad smell. Homeowners can usually smell a funky odor when they open the door to an unconditioned crawl space, or mustiness on the first floor following a heavy rain, or in the worst cases, at all times when on the first floor of their home.
What causes the funky smell? The funky smell coming from your crawl space comes down to one of two things, humidity and/or rodents.
Crawl Space Humidity
Crawl Space Rodents
While we do not currently offer any pest control solutions, encapsulating your crawl space can help with past rodent issues in several ways. First and foremost, getting the space cleaned out will remove any odor-causing problems. We often see old vapor barriers with waste products on them and old insulation that rodents have rummaged through. Removing and replacing the vapor barrier and insulation can take care of the smells caused by rodent damage. As an added benefit, once you get your crawl space conditioned, rodents will be less inclined to make a home out of the space when it is nice and dry!