Understanding Crawl Space Humidity
How Crawl Space Vents And Dampness Affect Your Home
A dirt crawl space floor adds moisture to your home, so vents were added to allow moisture to escape. But in the winter, the vents let cold air in. Builders then tried to insulate the floors to keep cold air out, but floors still stayed cold. The cold air also cools your warm air ducts, which leads to higher electric bills.
In the summer, the vents allow the humid air inside your crawl space. The cool air already present in your crawl space dramatically increases the relative humidity. Condensation forms all over your crawl space, and mold starts growing on the floor joists; wood rot begins.
Condensation is absorbed into the floor insulation, which causes it to be very heavy and it begins to fail and sag. The airflow of your home flows upwards (see the stack effect) and any damp, moldy, smelly air from your crawl space is drawn up into the living areas of your home.
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What Crawl Space Humidity Does To Your Home
Crawl space humidity causes the following problems for your home and family:
- Wood rot & mold
- Failing, wet insulation
- Odors & allergens
- High utility bills
Crawl space humidity creates the ideal environment for mold growth. What mold needs to grow:
- Food source – organic material (wood, floor joists)
- Moisture – over 60% relative humidity
- Temperature range between 32 – 100 °F
The Solution: Condition Your Crawl Space
SaniDry CX Crawl Space Dehumidifier
A dry crawl space is a healthy crawl space. And unless your crawl space is protected from the harmful water vapors produced by the dirt under your home, you’re not preventing mold, structural damage, musty odors, or the ill-effects caused by moisture. Protect your home and family by encapsulating your crawl space.
An encapsulated crawl space including a crawl space dehumidifier like the SaniDry CX will protect you from mold, toxins, and other airborne allergens by controlling humidity.
SaniDry CX Crawl Space Dehumidifier Benefits:
- Ends risk of mold growth
- Energy star certified
- 10x more powerful than traditional dehumidifiers
- Does not need to be emptied
Transform your crawl space into a useful and beneficial part of your home today! Call now for your free inspection!