There are any number of reasons for venturing into the crawl space beneath your home, or between the ceiling and roof. You may need to install insulation, or you may have to fix or adjust something. But the crawl space can be a dangerous place. If you’re not careful, going into it could lead to injuries and other problems. Here are some steps you should take to ensure crawl space safety.
A lot of different factors can make your crawl space unsafe. The presence of moisture can weaken the structure, warping the floor and even damaging your home’s foundation. You may also get an infestation of rodents or other unwanted creatures living there, which can carry an array of diseases with them.
Fortunately, there are tests that can be performed to ascertain the general safety and structural stability of your crawl space. Call in a professional to perform these tests periodically, to ensure your safety (and theirs) when going into your crawl space.
Even once general crawl space safety has been ascertained, it’s important to take precautions to protect yourself and avoid injuries and other problems. First, never go into your crawl space without a good flashlight that can illuminate the area well, helping you see where you’re going and avoid any dangers or hazards that might lurk along the way.
Second, be sure to wear strong, sturdy clothing, including long pants, a long sleeved shirt, and a good jacket, that can insulate you from scrapes and cuts that could come from rocks on the ground, loose nails, and more. Make sure it’s clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty or damaged.
You should also wear a face mask, to protect you as you breathe. Not only is there a lot of dust in your crawl space, there could also be mold, mildew, and a host of other contaminants that drastically lower your air quality. A face mask will help keep you from breathing them in.
To learn more about crawl space safety, contact us at Cool Power. We’re Long Island’s trusted source for HVAC solutions.
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