A lot of the repair work we do here in eastern North Carolina involves rotted wood in crawlspaces. Floor joists, beams, and subflooring can deteriorate quickly in this cool, damp environment. Many of the homeowners we have dealt with don't inspect their crawlspaces on a regular basis; in fact, some have never been beneath their houses and could not be persuaded to visit there under any circumstances. Who can blame them? From mere nuisances, like standing water and cobwebs, to downright dangers, such as wolf rats and poisonous NOVEMBER JLC 1997 00 In some cases, ventilation may make the problem worse by Howard Ferree Curing Crawlspace Moisture Problems Curing Crawlspace Moisture Problems snakes, the typical crawlspace is a less-than-desirable place (see Figure 1).