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Northeastern North Carolina Moisture Control Solutions for Crawlspaces

There used to be a time when a home was built it had no foundation walls around its perimeter. The only support was the brick piers that held the house up. Back then ventilation was not a problem because crawlspaces in homes were wide open. This meant no moisture problems unless you had leaky plumbing or got flooded by a storm.

Things are different today and building codes have changed. We now have foundation walls and with most of these we have moisture problems. These moisture problems can lead to termite activity, wood-destroying beetles, wood decaying fungus, molds, mildews, pest infestations, and some health issues.

In many of these cases more crawlspace ventilation like, the installation of a plastic vapor barrier between the ground and the floor system and the use of fans in the crawlspace will reduce high moisture levels. One of the quickest, easiest, and effective methods of controlling moisture is with a Temp-Vent powered foundation vent system. Powered foundation vents are effective in providing ventilation for moisture control. A small fan is encased in the housing of the vent and runs continuously at a low speed. The fan creates negative pressure in the foundation to pull air through the foundation. Powered vents are installed on one side of the foundation, with open, non-powered vents on the other side.

For some jobs with extremely high moisture you need to bring in a crawlspace dehumidifier. This is a sure-fire way to reduce high moisture in a crawlspace. This requires installing 100% ground cover with a vapor barrier, sealing of foundation vents, sealing large cracks in the foundation wall, installing a crawlspace dehumidifier with condensate pump and drain line.

By installing a crawlspace dehumidifier in your home, you will make it healthier, minimize mold and mildew growth, dry up the home, reduce pest infestations and can save the average home money in energy consumption?

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Interesting Dehumidification Facts

  1. Every home, property and commercial property have some form of humidity issue whether it is a crawlspace or basement foundation.
  2. Studies show that as much as 50% of the air in your home comes up from your crawlspace or basement.
  3. The American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and the EPA recommend maintaining relative humidity levels in the 30%- 50% range.
  4. Ventilation and air conditioning alone cannot provide the protection offered by a high capacity dehumidifier.
  5. Wet crawlspaces contribute to the cupping of wood floors and the deterioration of floor joists, beams, sub-flooring, insulation, and electrical mechanical systems.
  6. Excess moisture encourages mold growth on wood and on other organic material in the crawlspace.
  7. Crawlspaces are a major source of air filtration that permeates up into the living area, transmitting odors, carrying moisture, and creating an environment conducive to mold, mildew, wood destroying organisms, and pest infestations.
  8. Homes that maintain a lower relative humidity are most comfortable and require less cooling, meaning energy efficiency.
  9. Dehumidifiers remove odor-causing moisture and maintain EPA recommended relative humidity levels of 30%- 50%.

Key Things to Remember

Effective moisture control is an important part of home maintenance. Excessive humidity can result in mold and indoor air quality problems. Moisture can enter a house from the outside, either as a liquid or as air (vapor). Water vapor can come into a home through any opening: doors, windows, cracks, and crawlspaces. Be proactive and have your moisture control evaluation done today.

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