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Crawl Spaces

  • There is (y/n)__________ a lower level crawl space area for the subject property.
  • The inspector did (y/n)__________ have adequate access to view the crawl space area. "Crawl spaces" are small areas underneath the livable portions of the house which are not high enough to stand up in. This is an area that demands attention periodically since there is a higher risk of rot and termite infestation due to it being dark and damp most of the time.
  • There does (y/n)__________ appear to be adequate ventilation in the crawl space area. Crawl spaces need plenty of ventilation all year round to help prevent rot and wood destroying insect infestation.
  • The crawl space floor has a (dirt/concrete/etc.)________________________ covering. Any crawl spaces that have a dirt floor should be covered with a concrete surface. Dirt floors will promote moisture from the soil and are an attraction to wood destroying insects. If putting concrete over the dirt floor is too expensive then a 6 mil plastic floor cover can be placed over the dirt areas to help eliminate some of the moisture problems in the crawl space.
  • There are (y/n)__________ signs of abnormally large settlements cracks in the visible areas of the walls and floors of the crawl space. Any long, horizontal settlement cracks or any cracks that are over 1/4 of an inch wide MUST be further evaluated by a licensed contractor to determine the possible cause and repair options.
  • There are (y/n)__________ signs of areas of the foundation in the crawl space area that have been altered from the time of the original construction of the house. Any alterations to the structure from the time of the original construction will require valid permits and approvals from the local municipality for the work performed.
  • The main girder beam(s) of the crawl space was checked, where accessible, and was in (G/A/F/P)_______________ condition and is made of ____________________________. There are (y/n)_______ signs of excessive rusting, rotted, cut-out, cracked and/or sagging sections of the main girder beam(s). When any of these conditions are noted, the beam(s) must be evaluated by a licensed contractor for safety.
  • The support posts of the crawl space were checked, where accessible, and are in (G/A/F/P)_______________ condition and are made of ______________________________________________. There are (y/n)________ signs of excessive rusting, rotted, cut-out, cracked and/or sagging sections of the support posts. When any of these conditions are noted, the posts must be evaluated by a licensed contractor for safety.
  • The floor joists of the crawl space were checked, where accessible, and are in (G/A/F/P)_______________ condition. The floor joists do (y/n)__________ have the required diagonal bracing installed in the visible areas. There are (y/n)__________ signs of excessive rotted, cut-out, cracked and/or sagging sections of the floor joists. When any of these conditions are noted, the joists must be evaluated by a licensed contractor for safety.
  • The sub-flooring of the crawl space was checked, where accessible, and was in (G/A/F/P)_______________ condition. There are (y/n)__________ signs of rotted, cut-out, cracked and/or sagging sections of the sub-flooring.

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