Inspection Training

How to Inspect the Crawl Space Floor

While the inspector is in the crawl space they will need to determine what kind of crawl space floor is present. More often than not it will always be a dirt floor. Please review the procedure below.



International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection


3.3. Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure


I. The inspector shall inspect:

C. The crawlspace.


II. The inspector shall describe:
B. The location of the access to the under-floor space.


III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:



IV. The inspector is not required to:

A. Enter any crawlspace that is not readily accessible, or where entry could cause damage or pose a hazard to him/herself.
B. Move stored items or debris.


Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: The inspector should determine the material of the crawlspace floor.


Tools Needed

No tools required to inspect the crawlspace floor.



  • While the inspector is in the crawlspace they should be able to determine the material of the crawlspace floor, even if a vapor barrier is covering the floor. This will pretty much always be a dirt floor.


Common Defects

  • There are no defects for this section.


Common Mistakes

  • Not determining the correct type of crawlspace floor.


Report / Software


  • The crawlspace has a dirt floor.


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