Potentially the most serious reason you should avoid a dirt crawl space is because of moisture. Moisture can wreak havoc on your family and your home.
There are many reasons moisture can be harmful to your home. These are just a few of those dangerous reasons.
A Breeding Ground for Mold and Insects
Moisture is great for mold and pests. Mold spores truly thrive in moist environments, and if your crawl space stays moist and warm, you’re essentially inviting mold into it.
Remember, the stack effect brings up air from your crawl space. If that damp air has bred mold spores, those mold spores will come up into your house, invading your home and infesting the air you’re breathing.
The best way to avoid this is by sealing your crawl space vents. When you seal foundation vents, you’re cutting off the stack effect at the root.
Water is organic material’s worst enemy. Many homes with dirt crawl spaces also rely very heavily on wood for many pieces of the home. The moisture from the crawl space can severely impact the wood structure.
Unnecessary moisture can cause wood rot, destroy drywall and even start eating away at stone foundations. Plus, mold spores can also do their part to start eating away at these structures.
When you have too much moisture, your home’s structure is going to start failing. That’s unfortunately just an intrinsic part of the issues associated with excess moisture in your home. The only way to fix it is to seal the crawl space.
Increased Energy Costs
Did you know that you might be overpaying dramatically for energy consumption? Your crawl space vents are letting in air from the outside, which you then have to run through your air conditioning units over and over again.
Additionally, humid air takes more energy to cool. You may be feeling like it’s warmer in the home than it actually is just because the moisture in the air is fooling you into feeling warmer.
This can be a great reason to take the plunge and learn how to seal crawl space vents. Even though it can cost money to seal off, sealing a crawl space may actually pay for itself in reduced energy bills throughout the year.