If weather’s extremes can affect every crevice of one’s home, including older homes where there are basements through which one could literally crawl, then they should be insulated.
This article will help homeowners find out why we should properly insulate these crawl spaces, and, more importantly, how to insulate them.
Why Insulate Crawl Spaces to Start With?
Most older homes were built with crawl spaces. These are literally basements or gaps in houses through which, as we have said, one could literally crawl.
These provide easy access to utility pipes and other such conduits, and sometimes even offer storage for seldom-used items. Crawl spaces suffer from some problems which would best be solved with proper insulation.
Here’s a few of the main crawl space conundrums:
-Needless Moisture. Since some crawl spaces are either close to the ground or are accessible to the elements through walls and ceilings, moisture can accumulate within the space. This is inconvenient in itself, because it could damage valuable items stored in crawl spaces, or utility conduits and the like.
-Mouldy Spaces: Mould can accumulate in crawl spaces due to the combined effects of air and damp environments in which it can thrive. When mouldy crawl spaces are there, it is likely that circulating air would take mould to other parts of the house, possibly causing illness.
-Rodents and Other Pests: Rodents and other pests thrive in damp environments such as crawl spaces which are improperly insulated, or not insulated at all. These pests can bring illnesses to a home.
-Non-standard Insulation: Most crawl spaces were built in an era long before there were proper insulation standards. In the UK, there are particular rules for what sufficient home insulation should be. A professional home insulation expert would be most helpful, as they are aware of the relevant standards.