How to Fix Crawl Space Humidity Issues
You probably don’t think about your crawl space on a daily basis. In fact, you may go for long periods of time without even looking down there to see if anything is going on. Unfortunately, if your crawl space humidity is consistently high, problems with mold and mildew can develop while you are busy doing other things. This issue can be addressed, however, and the article below will take a look at some basic strategies.
For a professional solution to your humidity issues, consider working with AdvantaClean on a Winston-Salem crawl space encapsulation project. This approach will lock out much of the moisture that has been leading to humidity issues, helping to keep your crawl space dry and free from mold moving forward.
Isn’t My Crawl Space Protected from Moisture?
It might be hard to imagine how moisture would get into your crawl space in the first place. After all, it’s under the house and contained within the foundation, so isn’t it protected from water? Unfortunately, no. There are plenty of ways for moisture to get inside the crawl space, including poor drainage from your downspouts, leaking plumbing, and more. And, once that moisture is in the space, it can quickly bring the humidity level up, and mold may be soon to follow.
Some Simple Steps
If you suspect that your crawl space has more moisture than it should, there are some easy steps you can take to cut down on the humidity and reduce the chances of mold growth.
• Run a fan. If you have convenient access to your crawl space, you could open up the access door and place a fan pointing out. Run that fan for a while and you may be able to pull some of the humidity out of the space. This isn’t a great long-term solution, of course, because it’s a hassle and you probably won’t want to do it day after day. But if you need a quick answer after some moisture made its way into the crawl space, it’s a good starting point.
• Add a dehumidifier. You can think of this as a step up from the fan idea. A dehumidifier will pull moisture out of the air, gradually bringing down the humidity level as it runs. Like with the fan, this technique can be a hassle, so you’ll want a better solution if moisture is a persistent problem.
• Cover the floor. A more advanced technique is to take some vapor barrier material and lay it out across the floor of the crawl space (assuming the floor isn’t already covered). This will help to block moisture from coming up through the ground to make the air more humid.
The Best Answer
While the ideas above will help, having your crawl space encapsulated is the ideal solution. With encapsulation, the entire space is blocked off from the outside using thick, durable materials. When done right by a professional team like the one at AdvantaClean, encapsulation can put to rest any moisture issues and you’ll be able to move on with no more crawl space worries.