How a Crawl Space Dehumidifier Prevents Water and Moisture Problems
Crawl spaces provide homes with a shallow basement and proper ventilation between the ground and the floor. They have the potential to make a home more comfortable and give a homeowner storage space and easy access to the heater, ductwork, air conditioning, insulation, electrical wiring, and plumbing.
Furthermore, a crawl space allows for ventilation in environments where excessive humidity reigns and basements are not a possibility. They give your property space for excessive water to build-up while protecting your home.
But what happens when your crawlspace still houses excessive moisture, causing your home to be a humid mess?
Crawl space encapsulation and a crawl space dehumidifier can solve this sticky problem. Keep reading to learn about how crawl space services can greatly reduce and possibly eliminate your moisture problems in your crawl space.
Crawl Space Humidity Dangers
Science dictates that air rises. Thus, if you live in a humid environment, you will have humid air in your crawl space. This humid air will rise, carrying all the moisture and mold spores with it.
Your air vents will naturally leak this contaminated air into your home and create a stack effect. Nearly half the air we breathe on our home’s first floor comes directly from our humid crawl space.
If you have a dirt crawl space, you have an even greater chance of moisture coming from the dirt. You also most likely have spores and other molds from the dirt in your breathing air.
Such dirty air can cause asthma and other mold-related illnesses. If you’re experiencing unexplained headaches, nausea, and body aches, you may just need cleaner air. Crawl space encapsulation and dehumidifying could resolve your pesky health problems.
Crawl Space Dehumidifier Benefits
A basic crawl space service will ultimately benefit you and the occupants of your home. Here are a few of the ways the cost of a dehumidifier and encapsulation will pay off.
A Healthier Home
Ultimately, you’ll have a healthier home when you have a dehumidifier in your crawl space. Not only will mold grow in your crawl space, but if you have humid air in your home, mold can grow in your living spaces. A dehumidifier will drastically reduce the humidity and moisture that would otherwise feed mold.
You’ll see allergy symptoms reduce including headaches, irritation, and breathing issues.
Encapsulating your crawl space will not only improve your air but will reduce the pests that could gather under your home. It’s common to find small rodents like mice and moles in a crawl space. Of more concern are dangerous animals like venomous snakes often found in humid climates.
Crawl space encapsulation will protect you from pests and help preserve your home from the damage pests can cause.
Improved Living Space Comfort
Ultimately, your living space will feel more comfortable when you have lower humidity. Some people will attempt to remove the humidity by turning their air conditioning up. However, then you end up cold and clammy rather than dry and comfortable.
Improve Structural Integrity
High relative humidity produces high levels of condensation. Resting condensation causes wood to rot, and this ultimately affects the structural integrity of your home. When the wood rots significantly over time, it can no longer hold the weight of the house.
A dehumidifier will keep the wood dry and protect your home’s structure.
Reduce Energy Bills
You can expect lower energy bills when you encapsulate your crawl space and install a dehumidifier. Whenever you feel humid, you naturally turn the air conditioning up. But then you’re also using more energy.
Less humid air means a more comfortable home without excessive use of the air conditioner. Your energy bills go down, and you have more money in your bank account.
Experts recommend you keep your humidity between 30 and 50 percent. If your humidity regularly exceeds 50 percent, consider installing a dehumidifier in your crawl space.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
To encapsulate a crawl space, you need to first clean the area out. You may have to call out an exterminator if you have a pest problem under your home as well. Otherwise, just plan on sweeping out the space and removing lurking debris.
After cleaning out the area, a crawl space technician will attach a moisture barrier evenly to the foundation walls and floor joists. They will then install a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture that seeps through.
At this point, you need to purchase a humidistat or a remote humidity monitor. This allows you to monitor the humidity and conditions in your home without having to crawl under the house yourself.
Stay Calm, Stay Dry
A crawl space dehumidifier paired with an encapsulated basement will ultimately lead to a much more comfortable, healthier home. You’ll find yourself with fewer allergy symptoms, and you can breathe easy at night knowing the occupants of your home have clean air.
You also will find yourself with more money in your pocket as your energy bills go down and you reach for the thermostat less and less. These benefits indicate that a crawl space dehumidifier and encapsulation service are well worth the time and cost.
Are you dealing with a sticky home? Do you need encapsulation and dehumidifying services? Give us a call. We use the highest quality and most durable materials to produce a final product.
Furthermore, we recognize that every crawl space is different. Thus, we custom design solutions for each home we work on. We use a variety of the best methods to encapsulate your crawl space.
Our services come with a top-notch guarantee. Our crew stays with your home and on the job from start to finish. We won’t leave you hanging.
Contact us today. We’ll help you have a more comfortable, healthy home right away.