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Friday, February 15, 2019

Condensation Means It’s Time for Crawlspace Encapsulation

When hot air meets cold air, condensation is created. Inside a crawlspace, that produces humidity which can cause an array of problems. However, it is not as if homeowners can take a simple look inside and immediately figure out the humidity level in all parts of their crawl space Charlotte. What they can do is identify any signs of condensation.

Condensation is an indication that the humidity level has reached 100%. That means the air cannot hold any more moisture, which is why water starts to form condensation. Once that condensation appears, it is often followed by the growth of mold and mildew. That growth leads to unhealthy air that begins to rise up through your home. Prolonged exposure to that air can result in a variety of health problems. So at the first sign of condensation, it is time for a fix.

The most effective way to attend to condensation in a crawlspace is to hire a professional service for the purpose of crawl space encapsulation. Sealing off the crawlspace is a much better option than venting it. This method produces a drier environment within the crawlspace.

The process begins by laying a vapor barrier on the walls and floor in the crawlspace. This acts as a way of sealing off from the outside. However, there should be a small gap left by the sill so that professionals can conduct pest inspections. That gap is typically no more than three inches.

Openings to the outside should also be sealed off. That includes any doors that may be loose and especially vents. The purpose is to keep any air from the outside from getting into your crawlspace and mixing hot and cold air to create condensation.

Once a crawlspace is encapsulated, it prevents any rodents or insects from gaining access. It also serves the function of minimizing the growth of mold and mildew. The benefits even show up in your monthly energy bills, which can be reduced by as much as 15-20%. Air quality within your home will also be improved, making it a healthier environment for you and your family.

Carolina Crawl Space Pros has a vast amount of experience encapsulating crawl spaces and can also take care of basement waterproofing in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas. When you begin to see signs of condensation, mold or moisture in your crawlspace, contact our team of experienced professionals for an efficient and affordable solution.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Damaging Moisture in a Home and How to Prevent It

Too much moisture can cause problems. Moisture in a crawl space is typically a sign of imminent trouble. There are various ways this issue can affect homeowners, which is why it is important to know just how much damage and inconvenience a little moisture can do. This article will discuss the problems associated with moisture in a crawlspace and how to avoid them.


The Danger of Dampness

Home damage caused by moisture can vary from warping floorboards to malfunctioning electronics, mold growth to wood rot, and beyond. It is a daunting thing to think about for most property owners. A small moisture problem in a crawlspace can literally grow into a bigger problem.

Mold Growth and an Open Invitation to Pests

Without crawl space encapsulation Charlotte a moisture problem is more than like to arise. This creates the perfect environment for mold to grow, which can be harmful to home occupants’ health and eat away at the home. It is important to remember that the air (and mold spores) in a crawlspace will circulate throughout the whole house. However, mold is not the only issue that homeowners encounter when moisture is present in their crawlspaces.

In addition to promoting structural decay and potentially mold growth, this dark and damp environment can be an open invitation to pests. This can easily become an invasion of rodents and pests, including creepy-crawlies, which affects an entire home. Everything from mice and frogs to snakes and spiders will seek shelter in a dark, moist crawlspace. These critters could give life to a whole new ecosystem in your crawlspace as predators seek them out. Some of these pest can carry diseases and even cause direct damage to your home. For these reason, it is important to take action against moisture at the first sign of pests within your crawlspace.

Control the Moisture

Preventing excess moisture from entering your home is key to controlling mold and other issues it can cause. Mold and moisture damage are things that home inspectors and insurance adjusters will look for in crawlspaces and basements. They actually use a tool called a moisture meter, which measures moisture content on a surface. Moisture meter readings that signal the presence of water means that there could be mold growth. If you think moisture maybe a problem in your home, there are professional services such as encapsulation, basement waterproofing, and dehumidifier installation that can help get it under control.

Regular Checkups

It is not customary for most household members to take a trip down to the crawlspace very often. It is not exactly an easy thing in some cases. However, this should be a point of emphasis. Like with most things, becoming familiar with your basement or crawl space will make it easier to identify issues when they do occur. Taking a routine look inside a crawlspace to checkup on things including a moisture levels is best practice. Whenever in doubt about the state of your crawlspace, contact Carolina Crawlspace Pros.

Sealing Vents

It is common to find vents built into a crawlspace, but it is becoming common knowledge that these vents do more harm than good in some cases. The original intention of the vents was to allow better air circulation, which in turn is supposed to reduce humidity. There are two main problems with this idea. First, the humidity levels in the crawlspace will only ever get as low as the humidity outside, and that is a bigger problem for us here in the south. Second, when warm outside air and cooler crawlspace air meet, condensation forms. Avoid these issues by having the vents properly sealed.

A river floods its banks behind a home.
A river floods its banks behind a home.

Go with a Vapor Barrier

In dirt crawlspaces, adding a vapor barrier is a must. Homes built in areas that are prone to flooding or have high ground moisture can benefit the most. A vapor barrier provides a thick layer of protection overtop the dirt and porous concrete. This is extremely helpful in preventing excess moisture.

Dehumidifier

In many case, certainly here in the Carolinas, a dehumidifier is necessary to fully combat the issue of moisture within a home. These are not the typical dehumidification units you would find in a general store. They are special designed machines that are built to last and get the job done. Here at Carolina Crawlspace Pros, we carry what we consider the best dehumidifier brand for our customer –Santa Fe. This brand produces dehumidifiers for all situations and come with a five years warranty.


Carolina Crawlspace Pros can help you take preventative measures so that your crawlspace remains free from moisture. Our team of experienced technicians can perform a thorough inspection and attend to all varieties of crawlspace problems in Charlotte, NC. When it comes to crawl space encapsulation, basement waterproofing, or spray foam insulation, we have the experience and skills to help you!