Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
Step 1: Get rid of the standing water
Standing water is harmful for many reasons. It creates a breeding ground for mold and insects by raising the humidity. Many times the HVAC and well pump are located under the house, water will rust the metal and damage any electronics in these kinds of machines. The tainted air, due to the standing water in the crawl space can and does move upward, caused by the stack effect in your home, into the above room, and will cause this room to smell, and be difficult to heat and cool. The way to get the water out is to install a Crawlspace waterproofing system.
Step 2: Isolate the home from the wet ground
Even if you think your crawlspace is dry, the dirt below the surface is always moist. After all, rain water doesn’t just disappear when it hits the ground. The moist earth will seep water vapor into the air. This will ruin fiberglass insulation and can lead to wood rot and mold. The best way to isolate the ground from the house is to install a quality vapor barrier, such as CleanSpace. CleanSpace is super thick and durable so you won’t need to worry about tears. It is hands down the best way encapsulate your crawlspace. Once your crawl space is encapsulated you will notice it is easier to maintain heat and cold, as well as, a reduction to elimination of smells and odors.
Step 3: Seal off the outside air leaks
Major air leaks like an old metal crawlspace door or leaky foundation vents are an excellent way for humid air to penetrate your crawlspace. The old way of doing things was to open the vents in the summer to let warm air circulate. The problem is that warm summer air is often times very humid. Leaving the vents open is no different than blowing humid air into your crawlspace for several months in a row. The best way to stop these leaks is to block and seal the foundation vents. Wet air cannot ruin your crawlspace if it has no way to get in. The doorway is another problem and can be solved with either an Everlast crawlspace door or a Turtl. The Turtl is a fantastic way to seal off both humid air and rain water. In addition, by sealing the crawl space you will effectively keep out the bug, insects, and critters out of the space below your home.
Step 4: Dry the existing air
The crawlspace can never be sealed 100%, so you will need to address the issue of the existing air and the small unseen leaks. To properly dehumidify the air in the crawlspace is easy. Midwest Basement Systems will install a crawl space dehumidification system to dry the remaining air in the crawl space. It dries the air, sucks out small particles like mold, and then circulates the dry air with a massive fan. It does all of this with less electricity use than any other machine of its type.
The end result is a clean, healthy, and dry crawl space!
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