Do you have a damp crawl space? You’re not alone.
Unless your climate is dry, moisture is a common problem in crawl spaces, especially those that are unfinished. For this reason, it may behoove you to start using a dehumidifier in your crawl space.
Here’s a rundown on everything you need to know about how a crawl space dehumidifier can make this part of your home healthier and more comfortable.
Let’s dig in!
Is a Crawl Space Dehumidifier Necessary?
Not everybody will need a dehumidifier in their home’s crawl space. Whether you need one will depend on several factors, including how humid your area is. Homes in regions with higher humidity levels may benefit from crawl space dehumidifiers.
You might also need a dehumidifier for your crawl space if you notice standing water beneath your home. That’s because this standing water may ultimately ruin your home’s integrity, therefore preventing you from living in the home long term.
As a general rule of thumb, installing a crawl space dehumidifier may be a wise move if your humidity level is higher than the range of 30% to 50%. You can gauge your crawl space’s humidity level using a hygrometer.
Why Use a Crawl Space Dehumidifier?
A dehumidifier in your crawl space is designed to remove moisture from your crawl space’s air. The water that your crawl space dehumidifier removes and cools is then pumped out of the home.
This process can save your home, as humid air may eventually seep into your flooring and cause structural damage, as mentioned earlier. In addition, the humidity in your crawl space may end up damaging any personal items in this space, like furniture, food, books, and clothes.
High humidity levels in your crawl space also lead to unhealthy mildew and mold growth. Moisture and mold can negatively affect your home’s flooring and foundation. This can cost you thousands of dollars to fix, as it will require you to replace your floor and cover the cost of mold removal specialist services.
Mold may also cause you and your loved ones to suffer from chronic health problems. For instance, it can irritate your eyes as well as cause people with asthma to experience asthma attacks.
Pests, like termites, may furthermore find it easier to slip into your crawl space when it’s damp as well.
How We Can Help with Your Crawl Space
A crawl space dehumidifier may be necessary for your home if you live in a humid area. The dehumidifier will help you to remove excess water from the area to help you to maintain a healthy humidity level.
At Planet Friendly Pest Control, we offer crawl space encapsulation services, which include managing your crawl space’s air using a dehumidifying system. During the encapsulation process, we will also place a vapor barrier on your floors, piers, and walls to lock out moisture.
Contact us to learn more about our crawl space remediation services, and schedule an appointment today!