Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Crawl Spaces

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Customers often say “be careful!” before one of us shimmies through the access opening into the crawl space under a home or mobile home. But the biggest dangers under a house are not snakes or spiders. They are loose “live" wires, sharp metal edges, drain pipes leaking sewage, and chemicals on the ground. Here’s links with answers to the questions we get asked about crawl spaces:

Should I buy a house with a crawl space?

What does a home inspector look for in the crawl space under a home?

 
Is white mold on wood in a crawl space dangerous?

• Does code require water pipes in a crawl space to be insulated?  

Is the crawl space under a house required to be ventilated if the floor is concrete? 

How much ventilation is required for the under-floor crawl space of a home? 

 Is it safe to go under a mobile home?


What does a home inspector look for when examining a mobile home crawl space? 

 What is the code requirement for the height and width of an access opening to the crawl space under a house? 

  Why does venting a clothes dryer into a garage, attic, or crawl space cause problems? 

• When were receptacle outlets in the crawlspace under a home first required to be GFCI? 

• What is the minimum height above ground for wood floor joists and girders/beams? 

 Why is it a mistake to store lumber in the crawl space under a house? 

 What are the minimum access openings for a termite (WDO) inspector in Florida for a crawl space and attic, and within these spaces? 

  Is it acceptable for an air conditioning condensate drain line to terminate under the house? 

 When were receptacle outlets in the crawlspace under a home first required to be GFCI?

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