Columbus Ohio real estate

Is your crawl space costing you $$$$$$$$


Good news for anyone who has cold floors over a crawl space in this cold, cold winter weather. 

Advice from a Central Ohio Home Inspector Rick Harrington

Thanks Rick!


A great deal of my inspections of late have been for heat loss or cold rooms here in the Columbus, Ohio area.  What I have been finding the biggest issue is the misunderstanding of how to treat the crawl space.

If you have vented your crawl space to the exterior then all walls and floors contacting living space must be insulated and all heat ducts and water pipes in that crawl space must be insulated.  The opening must be closed with insulation on the door or panel.

This method should also be used if you don't have a vent to the exterior and are not keeping the space conditioned (heated in the winter, cooled in the summer).

The preferred method is to close the space to the exterior, insulate the exterior walls, including the rim joist, open the access panels by using doors with holes, cloth covered frames, or no door at all, and condition the space by opening a heat vent slightly in the crawl space.  There would be no need for insulation with vapor barrier between the crawl space and floor above.  This will keep the floor above much more comfortable.

This condition is found in about 75% of my inspections... last weekend.... 100% of the inspections.

Most tell me it was like closing an open window once the issue was corrected.

The following drawing was found on the internet.






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Comment balloon 2 commentsMaureen McCabe • December 23 2008 06:41AM


Great Post! I must say you do have some great ideas. I thank you for sharing.

Posted by Craig Iden (Golden State Home Inspections) over 10 years ago

It is all Rick's !!!!!

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 10 years ago