Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 by Margot Cornelius
Humidity in your crawl space can wreak havoc in your home. The onset of our Midwest winter and colder weather doesn’t remove humidity but instead presents unique conditions for more of the same. Humidity is basically the amount of moisture content in the air. When the temperature changes, humidity levels change too. When damp, cool outside air enters your crawl space, it meets the warmer, heated air inside your home. As warm air leaves your home above ground, it sucks in cooler air through points of intrusion in your crawlspace like vents, wall cracks, and even the ground. This is known as the “stack effect”.
Your crawl space will feel damp, cold and uncomfortable. More than simply being uncomfortable, the condensation caused by humidity is a hot bed for mold growth. These spores will travel through your HVAC system and into your living space above ground and could be the cause of your persistent allergies and asthma attacks. Mold below ground will also destroy anything in storage.
A simple hygrometer test during your free inspection with one of our crawl space experts will determine if there are humidity issues. If there are, we recommend encapsulating your crawl space with our hypoallergenic, waterproof CleanSpace liner to prevent any water or outside air from entering your crawl space. We also recommend adding a SaniDry dehumidifier to ensure that moisture (and mold) do not take over.
Not sure where to start? Give us a call and we will guide you through the process and what to expect during the free inspection.