One of the many exciting things about home inspections is getting to go places where most people don’t go, like the crawl space. For those of you who are not home inspectors or do not know about crawl spaces, let me digress and paint a quick picture.
A crawl space is an area under a home that one can access for inspection and if one needed to work on plumbing, electrical, support on the structure, or house rats. Crawl spaces range in size from walkable to laying flat on your face and army crawling under beams and joists. Not a good experience for anyone who is claustrophobic.
So I’m in this crawl space which is about two feet tall and fairly full of heat ducts and plumbing pipes. The house is decent size, so I have made it from the exterior entry hatch to the other side of the house. This voyage has taken about 10 minutes. I am laying on my side and swing my flashlight over to my side and up and notice a normal sized NW rat sitting on top of a heat duct watching me. This is a little weird because rats usually run away when you enter the crawl space and you usually find damage from them, but never see them. I get my cameral out to take a picture of an issue and take the picture and look back to where the rat was and now there are two rats sitting there looking at me. This is abnormal. I put my camera back in my crawl space suit pocket and pick up my flashlight and look one more time and there is a third rat lined up with the other two, all three of them watching me. I figure this is my cue to leave immediately. They do not follow me and I retreat.