Understand the effect of humidity in your crawl space.
Crawl spaces in North Carolina have a humidity problem. When humidity reaches an extreme in your crawl space, the moisture in the air will condensate.
Water will cling to surfaces, and serious problems will follow. When your crawl space is affected by high moisture and humidity levels, it can compromise your home’s structural integrity, and your health can be affected.
How Humidity Problems in Your Crawl Space Begin
Imagine back to when your home was first being built. Several professionals, including plumbers, electricians, and HVAC technicians, worked on your home as it was being erected, creating channels for pipes, wires, and more.
Once they had built your house, hot and cold temperatures would have caused it to expand and contract repeatedly, opening up otherwise tightly sealed channels inside your home.
Now, as warm air rises through your home, the air from the outside and your crawl space are drawn into the spaces it left behind. When that air is wet and humid, moisture is brought in through your crawl space vents.
How Humidity Affects Your Crawl Space
When excess humidity works its way into your crawl space, several issues present themselves. These include:
- Foul odors
- The spread of allergens
- Wood rot
- Mold and mildew growth
- Rusted or corroded metal surfaces
- Higher energy bills
Humidity creates a breeding ground for mold and rot to begin spreading through your crawl space. As mold and rot permeate your crawl space, all organic material is put at risk. Wooden floorboards, joists, and structural support beams will begin to rot and succumb to damage.
A crawl space full of rot and mold will start to sag, making the floors above noticeably uneven. If this goes unchecked for long enough, sections of the floors above could potentially collapse.
The moisture and sustenance provided by rotting and moldy wood will attract many pests, including termites, carpenter ants, wood-eating beetles, crickets, and more. Removing moisture can help ensure that your home isn’t providing a welcoming environment for all these destructive pests.
How to Control Crawl Space Humidity
Your first step to controlling humidity in your crawl space is to contact Regional Foundation & Crawl Space Repair. Our crew of specialized crawl space contractors can install a moisture control system in a single day.
We recommend sealing your crawl space vents and then installing a crawl space vapor barrier along the floors and walls of your crawl space. This approach locks moisture out so it can’t seep in from the outside.
After that, we suggest installing a dehumidifier to help keep the space dry from the inside. Altogether, this system creates a moisture-proof and humidity-proof space that will leave your home safe and healthier than ever before.
Call Today For a Free Crawl Space Repair Estimate!
Regional Foundation & Crawl Space Repair offers free quotes in North Carolina, including Roanoke Rapids, Washington, Garner, Wake Forest, Oxford, Louisburg, Roxboro, and more. Our team has been fixing crawl spaces damaged by humidity since 1984. You can trust in our experience. Call today to schedule your free consultation!