Crawlspace Moisture Problems Solved
Houses are typically built over crawlspaces to keep the property above the water table. But, without the right insulation and ventilation, crawlspace moisture can lead to mold and wood rot, which may ultimately result in structural damage. To avoid this costly problem, homeowners need to take steps to properly ventilate their crawlspaces. Read on to learn how to avoid mold and wood rot.
Solutions to Poor Ventilation
There are real benefits to having the right ventilation solution, including a potential reduction in energy costs, and an improvement in indoor air quality. This is especially important if someone in your family suffers from an allergy or is asthmatic.
Dehumidifiers can help with localized moisture, but they don’t ventilate air. Dehumidifiers recirculate the same unhealthy air and don’t expel any harmful gases or pollutants. You can also try adding fans or vents; some of the latter are available with sliding doors, allowing you to control the temperature in your crawlspace.
Yet another option could be vapor barriers, made from materials that stop moisture from seeping through into a crawlspace. Typically, these are made from polyester-based, synthetic materials.
Alternatively, and best of all, look for a comprehensive solution that’s low maintenance, effective, quiet and efficient, and not expensive to run. WAVE Home Solutions, for example, offers a product combining an exhaust unit and replenishment booster fan that work together to extract moisture, odors and air pollutants effectively, while drying out floors and beams.
Seal and Insulate Your Crawlspace
If you seal and insulate your crawlspace well, you’ll keep infiltration of air from outside low and help keep out allergens and other irritants. But don’t use fiberglass to insulate, as it will simply absorb the moisture, attracting mold. Equally, air moves through it, rendering it much less effective. Also, fiberglass doesn’t stay in place for long. Consider using rigid foam insulation to insulate walls instead. At the same time, seal up the rim joist around the foundation to get rid of air leaks. Finally, as well as insulating, seal up all holes between the crawlspace and the house.
A WAVE Ventilation System
At WAVE Home Solutions, our crawl space or basement moisture control units will help create whole house ventilation, a necessary element for a dry, healthy home. Contact us today to learn how a WAVE ventilation system could transform your property’s crawlspace from a damp, foul-smelling place into a dry, fresh and sanitary part of your home.