The mittens and scarves are waiting with coats by the door, the fireplace is roaring, a warm, comforting drink is in your hands. Winter has arrived and brought with it the special joy and peace of the holiday season… along with the frets and worries of homeownership in colder temperatures.
You already know a few of the basic rules… leave a faucet dripping and cabinet doors open on nights you’re expecting sub-freezing temperatures or a nice ice storm to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Manage your utility bills by unplugging or turning off things that are not in use.
But what about your crawlspace? Is it ready for winter? And why should it be?
Why Winterize Your Crawlspace
Do you know the hilarious clip of Clark Griswold’s electric meter spinning out of control with all the Christmas lights on the house? If you don’t want that to be you without the excessive decorations, winterize your crawlspace! Having the crawlspace sealed and insulated properly is a great way to save money on your energy bills, as well as keeping the warm air actually in the house.
Winterizing also protects against unwanted visitors like spiders, termites, roaches, and rodents. If your crawlspace is damp, it’s flashing a bright neon “Vacancy” welcome sign to entice critters out of the cold and into your sanctuary.
Additionally, a damp, unwinterized crawlspace is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, impacting the quality of the air you and your loved ones breathe.
How to Winterize Your Crawlspace
The experts at Columbia CrawlSpace can give you a free inspection and estimate the best way to protect your home and family this winter. Recommendations may include installing a vapor barrier, which reduces moisture in the crawlspace and keeps the floors and living spaces of the home at a more comfortable temperature. Encapsulation and insulation are two other excellent ways to protect against pests, moisture, and spinning meters. Sealing vents to stave off utility leakage may also impact the quality of your home this winter, while also protecting your hard-earned dollars.
Get Ready for Winter with Columbia CrawlSpace
Perhaps you’re realizing there’s more you could do to keep your house comfortable and your family and guests protected from unpleasant odors or difficulty breathing. Columbia CrawlSpace is just a phone call or email away. After a complimentary inspection of your crawlspace, we can identify the best course of action and provide you with a free estimate. Contact us at 931-982-5310 or email us at [email protected].