Many homeowners are wondering, "Is it normal to have moisture in my crawl space?" Homeowners might expect there to be a certain amount of moisture from humidity, flooding, and plumbing leaks in the crawl space, but is it normal for the crawl space to be damp and flooding? Many people don't realize that 50% of the crawl space air makes its way into their living space. Having high humidity in your crawl space also makes the humidity in your living space high.
Crawl Space Humidity Affects Your Home
Controlling humidity can improve indoor air quality. Keeping the humidity under control in your crawl space helps to lower the risk of bacteria, mold, virus, dust mites, and other indoor air quality pollutants in your home. The stack effect (or chimney effect) will move the air from the bottom of your home to the top. If your basement or crawl space is damp, chances are the rest of your home is suffering as well. Dehumidification is one of the best ways to ensure your home is dry all year.
Controlling Crawl Space Humidity
Installing a crawl space dehumidifier is the first thing we recommend when correcting a wet crawl space. When doing crawl space repair, installing dehumidifiers and sump pumps, sealing the vents, and air sealing the sub-floor is vital.
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Many crawl space contractors frown upon the installation of dehumidifiers. They have been taught vent fans and plastic are all that is needed to control crawl space humidity. We agree they are vital in controlling crawl space moisture, but a dehumidifier is the key to making sure humidity is controlled all year.
Homeowners tend not to like dehumidifiers because they feel like it will cause their energy bills to increase. Many studies have shown that lower humidity actually should decrease the energy consumption of your home. When heating and cooling your home, installing a dehumidifier is not only a great way to control moisture but also improve energy efficiency. It is easier for the HVAC system to cool and warm air that has low humidity.
Wet Crawl Spaces and Flooding
A flooded crawl space can cause humidity to get out of control. Standing water is not the only source for high humidity in the crawl space. Standing water in the crawl space is certainly one of the top sources of high humidity. By controlling the flooding of the crawl space you can improve the overall humidity of your home.
Waterproofing the crawl space is no substitute for a dehumidifier. Using sump pumps and french drain trench systems along with properly installed vapor barrier and a dehumidifier will improve the humidity of your crawl space and the overall air quality of your home.
Crawl Space Moisture Repair
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