No one likes to think about their crawl space, but unfortunately you just have to. Making sure that your crawl space is properly ventilated, protected, and clear from debris is an important part of being a good homeowner. Here are five helpful crawl space ventilation tips.
- Build a vent in the wall. If you don’t already have a vent built into the wall, you’re going to want to get to that first. It’s extremely important that you maintain good airflow in your crawl space so that you don’t have any rotting or nasty decay down there. Also, the key to good insulation is having good air flow as well. If the ground is frozen, your insulation will be frozen as well. However, if there is air for the insulation to warm up, then it will be able to do its job as intended.
- Make sure to use home siding that doesn’t over or under insulate the crawl space. There are many different types of siding, and it’s important to know exactly what kind you need for your home. It’s not just about aesthetics. If you go to Crawlspace Depot, you’ll be able to find someone who can tell you exactly what kind of siding you need for your home and in your particular region. Once you know what you need, you can have it installed so that your crawlspace is properly insulated.
- Cover your crawlspace with latticework and then cover that with vines. If your crawl space is open, you’re going to want to close it off with latticework so that you can keep critters out while you maintain the air flow. Plus, if it’s big enough, you can use this space for storage – so long as it doesn’t get too cluttered. You can cover the latticework in vines for a beautiful look that will also boost your curb appeal. English ivy is great for this kind of project, as it grows just about everywhere and quickly covers any given space.
- Make sure that the crawl space is big enough. If you want to ventilate your crawl space, you’re going to have to make sure that it is big enough. If there is a lot of debris, like broken bricks and beams down there, you’re going to want to clean all of that up and possible even dig down a little deeper in the dirt to make sure that there is enough air flow to keep things properly ventilated. It may be a crawl space, but you really want to do everything you can to keep it from getting grimy and dangerous down there.
- Look out for any exposed electrical wires in your crawl space. If your crawl space has been open and unprotected for some time now, there’s a good chance that you’ve had some vermin down there chewing things up. If so, you could have chewed up insulation and electrical wires down there that could potentially be very hazardous. Be sure to look out for exposed wires, as they could easily put you at risk for fire or electrocution.