HUMIDITY IN THE CRAWL SPACE
Humidity, by nature, seeks cool space, making the crawl space of a home – where the temperature is typically 10 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature outside – vulnerable to moisture. High humidity in the crawl can lead to mold, pests and moisture-damaged wood.
In areas across Florida & Alabama, high humidity is present 12-months a year. This moisture gets trapped in the crawl space, creating an unhealthy space. The solution to control excess moisture is encapsulation and dehumidification.
With this process, both the crawl space and home will benefit, keeping humidity at safe levels to prevent mold, fungi and musty odors.
Southern Climate Solutions has been creating healthy homes for over two decades. We offer free evaluations and quotes for our crawl space services.
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How Humidity Enters Your Home
Homes built on crawl spaces are vented for air circulation. Unfortunately, in highly humid climates the humidity that enters a cool crawl space gets trapped.
When the AC in your home is engaged, this creates a wicking effect, drawing the moisture from the crawl space into the home.
With building codes calling for tighter homes, it creates an even bigger hazard for new construction when dealing with crawl space and indoor moisture.
Regarding older homes and historical homes, we see the same moisture issues. These homes were built to breathe. However, when HVAC was introduced, along with newer windows and other necessary improvements, the homes no longer function as intended, and moisture seeps into the home via the same wicking effect. This is often the cause of cupping wood floors.
SOLUTIONS TO CREATE A HEALTHY CRAWL AND HOME
Our team at Southern Climate Solutions, where our sole focus is moisture control and indoor air quality, has been creating healthy crawl spaces and homes for over two decades. The solution is to create a controlled environment in your crawl. This includes removing the debris and insulation from the crawl space that impedes encapsulation followed by a full encapsulation of the space using a vapor barrier on the ground and around the perimeter wall of the crawl. We’ll seal off the vents and install a commercial grade dehumidifier to remove anywhere from 70-120 pints of water per day from your crawl space and home. Our team will also fabricate an aluminum door for crawl space access – a rust-free solution. Our efficient, hard-working team can typically install a moisture control solution in 1 day. And, we can typically get our customers on the installation schedule in under three weeks.
Our poly virgin moisture barrier is both rugged and inspection friendly and comes with a lifetime warranty. In all the years our team has been encapsulating, we have never had to replace a barrier due to wear and tear! And home inspectors and pest companies love our product as it is clear and gives then an easy view of your structure.
Our dehumidifiers are all commercial grade, energy-efficient units that are covered by a 6-year warranty with a maintenace agreement. This is the best in the market.
We always offer free evaluations and quotes for homeowners in our area.
Southern Climate Solutions serves the Greater Gulf Coast, including Pensacola, Destin, 30A, Mobile and communities nearby.
As a company that focuses solely on moisture control, we are dedicated to creating a healthy home for our customers.
How Crawl Space Humidity Affects Your Home
The hazards created by high indoor humidity coming from the crawl space include:
- Wood Rot
- Termites & Pests
- Musty Odors
- Cupping Wood Floors
- Peeling Paint & Wallpaper
- Unhealthy Indoor Air Quality
- Chronic Health Issues
- High Energy Costs
- Cold, Clammy Feel
Mold and peeling paint are the result of excess moisture in your home. Not all molds are visible. Some of the more toxic molds are clear. If a musty odor is present, there are active mold spores in your home.
As humidity accumulates in a crawl space wood will decay over time, causing potential structural issues. Mold will begin to grow quickly, and certain types of molds contribute to wood decay as they eat the cellulose from the wood. Pests, too, including termites, are attracted to moisture, leaving the structure even more vulnerable to decay. Unhealthy, damp air from the crawl space enters the home via a wicking effect when negative pressure is created by engaging the AC, pulling unhealthy, damp air into the living space through the floors. A proper dehumidification solution along with crawl space encapsulation will create a controlled environment and prevent costly and hazardous conditions.
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