Once in a while, it may become necessary to enter an under the home crawlspace. So, what should you expect to encounter in this kind of space? And, what precautions should you take?
There are quite a number of hazards lurking in an under-home crawlspace which is understandable when you think about conditions down there. They are generally dark, damp areas that go undisturbed for long periods. Animals, rodents, and insects are among the dangers you could encounter, some of these may even be poisonous. If they feel cornered or threatened it could prove to be a dangerous situation as, in such a tight space, a hasty retreat may prove difficult.
Mold, fungi, standing water, and even sewage are other hazards you could easily encounter in an under-home crawlspace. Knowing as we do the hazards associated with exposure to these things we can see the need for extra caution in a space like this, as we would be in very close proximity to them.
If you are unsure whether the home has any structural damage or not, you should avoid entering a crawlspace altogether until you know what you are dealing with. In such a case it is better to have the home inspected first.
Before entering a crawlspace make sure you are well prepared by wearing proper protective clothing and equipment and by making sure there is someone with you who knows where you are and what you will be doing in the space. This way, they can raise the alarm if you get into trouble down there.