Crawl Space Moisture Control
Damp and tight crawl spaces at home can result to a whole heap of safety and health problems for you and your loved ones. Crawl spaces like these can result in problems like rotted floor joists, pest invasions, and mold growth. One of the better ways to dodge the headaches created by these problems is to make sure that you dry out and seal away your crawl space. Your crawl space doesn’t have to be leaking or flooded – A dampened and wet crawl space can happen through exposure to open vents, a dirty crawl space, and lots of water vapor, which, thanks to the help of the stack effect, can be nothing but a complete nightmare. Make sure to avoid that nightmare completely and keep your home protected from danger by maintaining a crawl space moisture control solution. Whenever you control the moisture inside your crawl space, you can have a home that’s more comfortable to live in, very energy-efficient, and provides you with a safe living environment without too much exposure to cold and heat.
Some Crawl Space Moisture Control Solutions
Close off all of the openings, both existing and new in between the crawl space and your own home. The inflow of air inside the house is determined through pressure differential, together with the size of the hole. If you create a hole, then just seal it up. Unwanted amounts of air flow can have terrible side effects. If you can, make sure to install vapor retarders in between the crawlspace and the living area. Keep in mind that the kraft paper and the plastic are also called vapor barriers – They don’t prevent the flow of moisture inside your home. Instead, they just slow everything down, hence why they’re called ‘vapor retarders’.
Several crawl spaces inside a home are filled with either running water or standing water, especially during the rainy months. You can prevent the water from filling in a crawl space by building a linear French drain surrounding the outside of your own home. French drains can provide you with an easy path, building up a sunken channel that allows water to build out of the soil surrounding it, and flow right along a smoother course. Gravity is important for these French drains to work well.