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Don't Ignore Your Charlotte NC Crawlspace

2011-11-25

Don’t Ignore Your Charlotte NC Crawlspace

One of my Charlotte NC home sellers is learning this lesson the hard way. We have his home under contract and his crawlspace is creating numerous costly problems for him.

The reason?

He’s owned his home for ten years and has ignored the crawlspace the entire time.

The result?

Standing water in the crawlspace over those ten years created a wet atmosphere that rotted the floor substructure and allowed mold to grow throughout the space. After adding a drain system to dry the crawlspace, he had to add additional piers and joists to strengthen the areas of the floor system that had the most deterioration. Thousands and thousands of dollars of work.

Then, the buyer of this home tested the interior of the home for mold. More bad news. The heat exchanger and ductwork in the crawlspace has blown the mold into the interior of the home. Now the home needs a full mold remediation. More work in the crawlspace and scrubbing of the indoor air of the house. Thousands and thousands more invested by the seller.

I feel really bad for him. Learn from my Charlotte NC home seller’s mistakes. Pay attention to your crawlspace.

What can you do to protect your crawlspace?

  • Either spend some time in the crawlspace yourself or hire a professional to check it out.
  • If the ground in the crawlspace is wet, ask a waterproofer to prepare a plan to dry it out.
  • Have an annual termite inspection of your house and ask the pest control person if the crawl space is wet.
  • Make sure that your gutters and downspouts don’t spill water under the house. Ensure that the ground slopes away from the outside walls of your home.
  • Keep the air vents in your foundation open. Crawlspaces need plenty of ventilation.

The photograph above shows a healthy crawlspace. Clean joists free of mold and mildew. A dry dirt floor with a drain system.

What if you are planning to sell your Charlotte NC home?

Have a home inspection before you put the house on the market. And if you find problems in the crawlspace, have them addressed before you put the sign in the yard.

Thinking of selling your Charlotte NC home? Request a free online market evaluation.

Copyright 2011. Carol Fox. Allen Tate Realtors. *Don’t Ignore Your Charlotte NC Crawlspace*

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 6:07 PM by Carol Fox

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