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10 Reasons to Clean Your Crawl Space

Most homeowners rarely want to visit their crawl spaces, let alone clean them.

As a result, these areas often become musty, dirty, pest-infested, and ultimately unusable. Over time, the negative effects of a neglected crawl space seep into the living spaces above, transforming a once comfortable and breathable home into a less inviting environment.

Considering the array of problems that stem from a dirty crawl space, the importance of routine cleaning and maintenance becomes clear. Not only does it preserve the home’s condition and comfort, but it also prevents costly repairs down the line, making it a worthwhile investment in your property’s overall well-being.

Benefits of a Clean Crawl Space

A clean, well-maintained crawl space benefits your home and family in many ways, including:

1. Eliminates Dampness

Your crawl space is prone to moisture and water damage. Whenever it rains, water can enter this space and stagnate, causing dampness and high moisture levels. You know too well the destructive nature of water in the crawl space. After cleaning, you can keep moisture and water out by using an encapsulation system, which uses a vapor barrier to seal out moisture and water.

2. Discourages Pests and Insects

Other than causing mold, a damp and dark crawl space makes the perfect home for pests, rodents, and insects. They can breed quickly and infest the crawl space because they have water and no one to bother them. The problem is that pests and insects are not just a nuisance; they’re a health hazard too. Besides entering your home and chewing your clothing and furniture, they can leave droppings that may contaminate your food and water. Routine cleaning helps you remove debris (their nesting ground) and damp conditions that attract them to your crawl space.

3. Improves Indoor Air Quality

Up to 50% of the air that circulates in your home originates from the crawl space, so it’s important to keep your crawl space clean to boost the quality of indoor air. Cleaning removes dust, insect and pest droppings, mold, damaged drain lines, and other factors that reduce the quality of the air you breathe. This means fewer allergic reactions and respiratory problems for your loved ones.

4. Minimizes Musty Odors

No matter how many air fresheners you use in a week, your home will still smell awful if the source of odors is the crawl space beneath your home. Cleaning is the only lasting remedy for this problem. A clean crawl space means no musty, strange, and unpleasant smell to irritate your nostrils.

5. Increases Your Energy Savings

Cleaning and waterproofing your crawl space will make your home more energy-efficient. Sealing locks out untreated cold air from entering your home, keeping your air dry in summer and floors warmer in winter. You won’t have to run your heater for long hours to warm your home or keep it cool. This can translate into 15-25% energy savings in a month.

6. Makes Repairs Easy

Depending on the structure and layout of your home, your crawl space may have plumbing, wiring, and ducts running through it. Any of these fixtures can develop problems, meaning your technician will have to go down and fix them. If they have trouble accessing this space because it’s dirty or debris-filled, repairs will go on at a snail’s pace. Cleaning your crawl space will make it easy for the repair crew to inspect your installation, troubleshoot the problem, and fix it.

7. Fewer Maintenance Costs

Since there’s no mold to contaminate your home, termites to munch your beams, or moisture to corrode your plumbing after encapsulation, you can expect fewer repairs and, in turn, little to no repair expense. Your fixtures and installation will remain in good condition for many years to come.

8. Clean Storage Space

Another benefit of cleaning your crawl space is you create extra storage space. Depending on the size of the crawl space, this can be a big advantage.

9. Peace Of Mind

Crawl space cleaning gives you total peace of mind, which is priceless. After all, there’s no moisture to trigger mold growth, mold spores to cause allergies, gnawing pests to trouble you, or moisture to erode your ducts and plumbing. Since your underlying structures will remain strong, you’re also going to worry less about whether beams and joists can support your home.

10. Protects Structural Integrity

Stagnant water and high moisture levels not only cause mold issues in the crawl space but also threaten the structural integrity of your home. Mold can trigger wood rot, usually the main material that forms the support beams in your crawl space, making it easier for termites to complete the destruction. Termites love chewing deteriorating wood as it supplies them with water and allows them to burrow easily and lay eggs. Water can cause cracks in the foundation walls and plumbing to rust too. By cleaning your crawl space, you can preserve the strength of the underlying structures.

JES Cleans and Encapsulates Crawl Spaces

Vapor barrier being carried to crawl space for installation.


JES Foundation Repair specializes in transforming neglected crawl spaces into clean, dry, usable areas that contribute to your home’s overall value.

With a team of experienced professionals, JES uses the latest techniques and technologies to thoroughly clean and repair your crawl space. Whether it’s removing debris and moisture, fixing structural issues, or preventing future pest invasions, JES covers all aspects of crawl space encapsulation.

Our services also include installing vapor barriers, dehumidifiers, and sump pumps to manage moisture effectively and ensure that your crawl space remains dry and functional.

By choosing JES, you’re not just addressing the immediate concerns; you’re taking a proactive step towards safeguarding your home against future problems, enhancing its value, and improving indoor air quality for a healthier living environment.

Schedule a free inspection today.

Phillip Mazzotta

Phillip Mazzotta

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