Dealing with excessive humidity is not comfortable or fun. It’s even worse when there are higher humidity and moisture levels in your home. It can often feel warm, sticky, and just plain gross. But there’s more danger behind it than just feeling bad. Higher humidity and moisture levels can be an extreme threat to your property, including the structure, surfaces, and condition.
The root of that problem is usually your crawl space as it’s built to be a buffer between your home and the ground beneath it. According to Energy Starm the ideal indoor humidity levels are between 30 and 50%. Dealing with high humidity problems?
Here are some ways you can manage humidity levels:
- Install a Vapor Barrier
- Use a Dehumidifier
- Install a Sump Pump
- Seal Your Vents
Need help managing the humidity levels in your crawl space? Contact Crawlspace Doctor today to get started.
Make Sure Your Foundation is Insulated
Installing a vapor barrier in your crawl space is the best way to keep moisture out of your house’s foundation walls and floor. While it’s easy to buy a cheap vapor barrier, most cheap models will fail over time as they are poorly constructed and don’t fit correctly. We recommend using a professional vapor barrier that is a proven product that will stand the test of time.
Use a Dehumidifier
A crawlspace dehumidifier is installed in the encapsulated crawl space, positioned for optimum air circulation. Its fan circulates the clean & dry air throughout the area. This keeps humidity levels down so you can store your belongings safely for years to come.
However, keep in mind that you won’t need a dehumidifier if your crawl space is vented as that will cause it to just dehumidify the outside air.
Install a Sump Pump
A sump pump is a device that moves water from your basement to the outside of your home. The pump is equipped with valves that sense escalating water levels or pressure. When the water gets too high, sump pumps automatically pump excess water out of the basement and away from your property using an effluent line. This will help protect your home from excessive water getting in and help prevent the growth of mold, mildew, and fungus.
Seal Your Vents
Crawl spaces can be cold and damp, especially in the winter. That’s because a lot of crawl spaces have vents that allow outside air to enter. Cold air cannot hold as much moisture as hot air. It starts to settle on dirt and concrete. By sealing your vents, you can help prevent these issues and maintain a more consistent humidity level.
Trust the Experts at Crawlspace Doctor
With Crawlspace Doctor, your home will receive a high-quality crawl space encapsulation and repair solution from a leading crawl space repair professional. Our services range from but are not limited to:
- Mold Prevention
- Humidity Control
- Drainage Systems
- Crawlspace Doors
Ready to get started? Contact Crawlspace Doctor today to learn more about our services.