While some of us are enjoying the warmer winter, it could be wreaking havoc in your crawl space. Crawlspace problems can arise throughout the year, but most homeowners overlook this issues during the winter months.
On the negative side, the warmer weather creates moisture problems in your home. Furthermore, this excess moisture contributes to mold growth, wood rot and even insect infestation. Mold and wood rot thrive in warmer, humid environments. Moreover, insects eat mold and the floor joists softened by wood rot.
In general, the stack effect only makes these problems worse. Jesse Waltz, PE explains the stack effect and how it can create problems in your home:
In other words, you can see how warmer weather can create serious crawlspace problems. With this in mind, it’s best to have your home inspected immediately if any problem signs arise.
Crawl Space Problems – Moisture Control:
To clarify, the only way to keep moisture out of your crawl space is to seal or encapsulate it. In detail, crawl space encapsulation is the process of sealing your crawl space from outside elements. In particular, this involves:
- Installing a sump pump to remove extra moisture.
- Installing a thick vapor barrier – like CrawlSeal™ – over the floor and walls. After all, this prevents moisture from entering your crawl space from wall cracks or the dirt floor.
- Installing an energy efficient crawl space dehumidifier to condition and remove moisture from the air.
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