Your home’s crawlspace is one of the most important areas of your home. 

Black Hills Professional Home Inspections will always inspect the crawlspace when possible. Safety issues and access would be the only reason we would not enter the crawlspace area of a home. If the crawlspace is filled with water, rodents, snakes or hanging wires in a wet crawlspace would be a safety issue.  Not all crawlspaces are accessible.


Many times this area is overlooked or not looked at at all by other inspection firms. Your inspector should be in good enough physical shape to enter the crawlspace. If your inspector does not enter your crawlspace, we recommend you contact an inspector that does. Crawlspaces can be dangerous places. There can be electrical hazards, disease exposure, viruses, spider and insect bites, mold spores, construction debris, and animals.

All crawlspaces are required to have an access door or entry point in order to inspect and for any work to be done in the home’s crawlspace.  The access must be accessible for your inspector or contractors in order to enter the area.  The minimum access dimension is 16” x 24” when the access hole is through perimeter wall of the crawlspace. The minimum access dimension is 18” x 24” when the access is through the floor above the crawlspace.

Your crawlspace is a vital part of your home and has many jobs that it performs for your home. Your home’s crawlspace houses many items, such as:

  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Ductwork
  • Supports
  • Insulation
Posts and Beams that are Warped
Insulation Installed Backwards

Insulation Installed Backwards

Cut I-Joist


Overlooking the crawlspace is a bad idea and will often times create unwanted issues with other parts of your home down the road. The crawlspace has many jobs to do to keep your home in good working order. Many items are housed in the crawlspace that help your home’s performance and functionality. Make sure your inspector inspects and reports on your crawlspace before you buy your new home. Please call if you have any questions about your home or what your inspector may have overlooked.



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