How To Control Crawlspace Moisture
April 23, 2016 Francine Jones 0 Comments
Many homes have crawlspaces lurking underneath the floorboards. A crawlspace is a space many people wish they could improve. Unfortunately, many homeowners are not sure what to do. One way to make a crawl space better is to get the moisture in that area under control. Thankfully, this isn’t very hard to do. Check out these easy ways you can control crawl space moisture.
Adding a few fans in your crawlspace is an inexpensive way help manage moisture. The circulating air can reduce moisture and help relocate it outside of the home. If the moisture problem in your crawlspace is seasonal, this might be a solution for you.
Adding a dehumidifier to your crawlspace is another relatively inexpensive solution to moisture issues in your crawlspace. However, keep in mind you will need to have the dehumidifier hose lead into a drain in the floor. If a drain is unavailable, you will need to enter the crawlspace yourself every day or two to manually empty the drain pan. This can quickly become tiring, but it does help solve the problem. Also, remember to clean your dehumidifier.
Constructing vents for your crawlspace can easily help control moisture in a crawlspace. Constructing vents will cost money, but it is an investment that is worthwhile. You might need the help of a professional to determine how much ventilation you actually need. One rule of thumb is one square foot of ventilation for every 150 square feet of crawlspace. A professional can help you determine the right amount of ventilation for your crawl space and, he or she can help install the necessary vents.
If you have a dirt floor in your crawlspace, you might be able to dig a place for a sump pump and corresponding drainage pipes on your own. If not, a professional will be able to do it for you. This will cost money, but it is an investment you might need to make to solve a very real problem.
If you wish to return to inexpensive solutions, you can lay plastic on the floor of the crawl space. This will help deflect the moisture back into the Earth. Many people find it helps to even place the plastic material along some of the walls of the crawl space.
Check the Dryer
Some dryer vents terminate in the crawl space. This is an issue that is sure to cause moisture problems. Reroute the dryer vent to an exterior wall. You want all of the moisture form your wet clothing to be going outside. You don’t want it in your crawl space.
Remember, a damp crawl space can cause damage to your home. Use some of these solutions today!