Someone should write a building code
that forbids crawl spaces.
Crawl spaces are a classic compromise
between a slab-on-grade and a basement
that benefits no one, providing generally
useless space that collects bugs, rodents,
junk and debris—and serving as an infinite
source of moisture for a building.
When a prospective client calls and
describes a horror story of rot and ruin, I
calmly await their telling me that the
building has a crawl space.
Seldom, if ever, do I see a building in
New England with a crawl space that is
not in a serious state of deterioration.
When they're not causing rot, mildew,
fungus and corrosion, they're likely to be
causing some other major problems.