Many homeowners make the huge mistake of not paying attention to their crawl spaces. Unfortunately, a significant number of homeowners just think of their crawl space as a place for contractors and plumbers, and never think about its actual health. In fact, if you don’t ever think about your crawl space, you may end up with some nastiness down there. Here are just a few of the things you might find in an uninspected crawl space.
Many small animals are able to find their way into an unencapsulated crawl space with absolutely no issues. Then, they lure large animals into the area, which can cause serious safety and security concerns. These are a few of the animal-based problems that are common in a crawl space:
- Rodent and Bug Infestations
- Wild Animal Homes
Although not all of these animal-based problems share the same amount of danger, they’re all annoying and frustrating to deal with. Handling it early with a regular inspection can help you avoid the problem careening out of control.
You probably don’t think of plants as being very dangerous. However, especially when it comes to your home’s foundation, plants are actually some of the most dangerous things out there. These plant-based problems could wreak havoc on your crawl space:
- Invasive Vines
Whether it’s a potential for health concerns, like mold, or a potential for structural instability, like invasive vines, these plants can seriously harm your home. Only keeping an eye on the area and fixing problems early can help.
What if you were to become embroiled in a criminal plot just because of what’s happening underneath your home? It may sound like a made-for-TV drama, but it’s something that’s happened to people before. Have you ever considered these criminal things that could be hiding under your home.
- Mysterious Locked Cabinet
- Mob Cash
- A Person Living in Your Space
It’s true that most of these are nearly impossible if you aren’t already embroiled in a life of crime. However, that doesn’t change the fact that they do happen every so often. At the very least, you need to make sure someone inspects your crawl space before you move in.
Sometimes, people stash things in the crawl space decades or even centuries ago, and it lies around untouched until someone goes under there and finds it. That can be anything, from an interesting discovery to a deadly weapon. You might find one of these things in your crawl space:
- Unexploded Artillery
- Disturbing Journals
Regardless of the reason for someone storing these things in your crawl space, most people can agree that it’s a fairly unwanted piece of history under the home. Even going into the crawl space once before you purchase a home can help you avoid finding any of these many years into your purchase.
Some people believe that paranormal things can exist in the crawl space. It’s common for people to feel like paranormal things exist more commonly in less-trafficked spaces, and a crawl space certainly fits that criteria. You could find any number of things, including:
- Large Ghouls
Even if you’re considering a paranormal investigator, remember to rule out any normal explanations before believing you have a ghost. If those “ghost” noises are actually structural issues, you could have much bigger problems than just a ghost visitor.
Structural problems are some of the scariest crawl space problems because of how common they are. It’s extremely common for people who have structural problems to not know about their problems, which can be even scarier.
The only way for you to know about a structural problem is to discuss it with a contractor who can go under your crawl space and look at it for you. When you do that, you can discover if you’re under the spell of any of these creepy crawl space horrors, including structural concerns.