If you have an enclosed crawl space, you might not worry much about excessive moisture and all of the problems that it can cause. However, excessive moisture can still get into your home, especially during humid times of the year and certain areas of the world. One way to prevent moisture in your crawl space and counteract the effects of humidity is a whole-home dehumidifier.
What Causes Crawl Space Moisture?
Water can get in your crawl space in a lot of ways. Standing water can be caused by a leak, poor drainage, or condensation on pipes inside of the crawl space. Moisture can also evaporate directly from the ground and collect in the crawl space. Outside air that comes in through crawl space vents can also bring in humidity, which can turn into standing water if there are significant temperature differences between the crawl space and the outside air.
Some moisture problems can be solved by a crawl space clean up: others might require foundation repairs and other maintenance solutions. Either way, addressing a source of standing water before bringing a dehumidifier into your crawl space can ensure that excess humidity is truly eliminated. A foundation repair expert can help you determine what kind of work your home might benefit from most.
Signs Your Crawl Space Needs a Dehumidifier
It might be hard to know when you need to install a dehumidifier in your closed crawl space. You probably don’t do a lot of living or activity in your crawl space, so you’re not down there often enough to check on its status. However, there are signs of moisture problems that you can look for within and outside your home that could mean it’s time to install a crawl space dehumidifier.
HVAC System, Ductwork, or Other Equipment in Your Crawl Space
Some equipment will have water pipes, ductwork, and truss plates, which can create crawl space moisture. Condensation on this equipment can drip into your crawl space and become trapped. A dehumidifier is good for drying up this kind of moisture.
A Musty Smell
High moisture levels mean the potential for mold and mildew growth. This can create a musty smell in the crawl space and the home, because the air in your crawl space will eventually end up in the rest of your home. A crawl space dehumidifier can eliminate the smell and make drier conditions that won’t allow for mold growth.
Allergy or Asthma Flare-Ups
Mold and mildew growth can trigger health problems in some people. Dust mites might also decide to move in if there’s enough moisture around, which can cause problems of their own. Asthma, allergies, sinus infections, flu-like symptoms, and eczema can result from these unwelcome intruders.
Damage to Your Home’s Structure and Your Belongings
Elevated moisture levels in your crawl space can deteriorate your home and belongings. Carpet, fabrics, wood, and paper can sustain damage from moisture, mold, mildew, and pests. Metal objects can rust faster when exposed to moisture. Buckling hardwood floors, sagging insulation, and swelling doors and windows in the living areas of your home are also good signs that your home might need crawl space foundation repair.
Dehumidifier Solutions for Crawl Spaces
Preventing moisture in your crawl space helps minimize many common foundation problems and makes your living space more comfortable. A dehumidifier in your crawl space, along with other crawl space foundation repair measures, means a perfect level of moisture in your entire home and a more stable foundation. A whole-home dehumidifier is easier to maintain and adjust than a portable unit is, but anything you can use in your crawl space to help control moisture is better than nothing. Monitoring the relative humidity level in your crawl space can also help you ensure that humidity levels in your home are optimal. A foundation repair expert will be able to offer you crawl space waterproofing solutions that are perfect for your home.
Acculevel Crawl Space Foundation Repair
It’s impossible to keep moisture out of your crawl space permanently, but you can make your home healthier, more comfortable, and better protected by investing in a dehumidification system. The crawl space foundation repair experts at Acculevel can install the waterproofing and dehumidifying solutions that your home needs to combat common foundation problems. Contact Acculevel for a free home inspection and estimate for your crawl space repair.