Why does your crawl space humidity even matter? Is there really anything wrong with having a high crawl space humidity? There absolutely is. High crawl space moisture levels can have serious effects on your home and your life.
What are those dangers? These are the biggest reasons you should try to adhere to acceptable moisture levels in a crawl space.
Mold and Mildew
This is possibly the most well-known reason for maintaining a low crawl space humidity. Mold and mildew both thrive in areas of high humidity, and by maintaining a crawl space with high levels of moisture, you’re basically giving mold and mildew the go-ahead to start growing.
Typically, mold and mildew thrive in areas around 70% relative humidity. However, this is a loose number; mold can start growing at humidity levels much lower than that. This is especially true if you have a home with wet crawl space insulation or standing water, which can make a small section of the crawl space have higher humidity levels.
Overall, the possibility of mold and mildew should definitely drive you to make sure you’re maintaining acceptable moisture levels in your crawl space. If you’re already dealing with mold or mildew, a JES expert can help you fix it.
What happens when excess crawl space moisture gets into your structure? It causes serious problems with the wood that supports your home. This can manifest as wood rot, a specific fungal infection in your wood, or in other issues that have to do with wet wood.
These problems will quickly become issues with your home’s structure. That structure is essential when it comes to making sure you and your family stay safe. You definitely can’t afford to have ongoing structural problems in your home.
Whether you’re at risk of wood rot or you just have too much moisture in your home’s structure, that’s a problem you need to tackle as soon as possible. Talk to a JES expert to learn more about an answer for your crawl space moisture levels.
One thing to remember is that high crawl space moisture levels don’t just impact your home on a structural basis. This is definitely an important thing to pay attention to, but crawl space humidity can actually cause health problems.
Those problems may stem from mold and mildew, which can have irritating or even toxic repercussions. However, even just the moisture in your home can rise through it, irritating sensitive skin and causing breathing problems for sensitive individuals.
The health concerns associated with high crawl space humidity is an important reason you should pay attention to it and address it as soon as possible. A JES expert will let you know what your next step should be.