month I would like to briefly discuss some methods of preventing
injury and discomfort.
In addition to the usual coveralls to protect yourself in
the crawlspace, here are some other recommendations to provide
protection to enter those remote locations in the crawlspace.
Gloves are a must. I like heavy leather gloves, and if the
crawl is particularly small or an older house, I like to
duct tape my coveralls to the gloves to prevent spiders
and other pests from locating my skin. Some times I have
also taped the coveralls to my ankles.
find spider webs and insulation on my bald head does not
look professional to my clients. I like to wear a painters
hood (looks like a ski mask, but not designed for warmth)
so I can peel it off along with all the spider webs and
other debris once I exit the crawlspace. I wear a nuisance
dust mask in all attics and crawls. I don't like to exit
the space coughing up the dust in front of my client, not
to mention the raw throat it causes. In older homes where
I suspect environmental hazards I wear a hepa respirator,
or just don't go in there.
crawlspaces contain rocks and other debris. Crawling through
this material can cause pain for several days in the knees
and elbows. I have found using plastic kneepads over the
coveralls (prevents tearing the material) works good for
the knees. What about my hurting elbows? I found "Rollerblade"
style elbow pads with the plastic cup work great. You can
crawl through almost anything with those on.
inspectors also wear a bump cap (hard had "light")
in attics and crawls. Not a bad idea, however, I would locate
one with the most minimal brim as possible. I have found
the brim blocks my view and sometimes causes me to bump
into things (I suppose the reason for the cap).
I carry an old pair of work boots to wear in crawlspaces.
I don't like to ruin my good inspection shoes under the
house, plus many times you pick up mud and other debris
under the house.
keep all the above in a plastic container in my inspection
vehicle. I have several coveralls, but the other items I
just hose off occasionally.
Once clients see the preparation that goes into entering
these spaces they don't mind the fact that I charge extra
for houses with crawlspaces!
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