Damp crawlspace solution
If you have water collecting on the pipes and concrete walls in your crawlspace, then you’re experiencing a common problem. The ventilation openings were designed to flush out moisture from crawlspaces, but they often don’t do the job, except in dry climates. In fact, during humid summer conditions, they often make matters worse. The humid air carries moisture that condenses on the cool walls, the pipes and even the underside of floors.
Safety first, gas furnaces or water heaters located in a crawl space must be direct or power vented first. This will eliminate the opportunity for harmful gases to leak or linger in your crawl space.
Managing water and water vapor are also essential. Create good drainage around your home to keep rainwater from flowing in under your house. Sloping the soil away from your home at about 1/2 in. per foot is usually the best thing you can do to reduce crawlspace moisture.
The best solution is to completely seal crawl space, close up the vents and install a dehumidifier. One of the dehumidifiers we use is a:
True DRY™ DR90 Dehumidification System
- Removes up to 90 pints of moisture per day
- Minimal maintenance
- Increased comfort and energy savings
- Increased Comfort – Remove excess moisture from the air, delivering fresh, filtered air in the home
- Energy Savings – Less moisture in the home reduces the strain on your air conditioner and also allows you to set your thermostat higher to run your air conditioner less
- Minimal Maintenance – Automatically drains itself and only requires an air filter to be changed once per year
- Integrated Solution – Can remove moisture evenly throughout the entire home or focus specifically on problem areas that can lead to costly renovations
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Unlike portable units, Honeywell whole-house dehumidifiers provide unobtrusive, quiet and efficient operation
- Perfect for homes up to 3,100 square feet
Do not be fooled by cheap imitation encapsulation systems!
The problem with the crawlspace industry is that there are so many contractors using a 6 or 10 mil vapor barrier material and calling it an encapsulation system. They are not the same. The difference between a vapor barrier and encapsulation liner is the thickness, flexibility, multiple layers of plastic with cord reinforcement, and perm rating. A 6, 8, 0r 10 mil polyethylene sheeting is meant to be used as a floor covering and not a permanent crawlspace encapsulation system. It is not durable enough to stand the test of time. The plastic is easily pulled off the walls and is in need of constant repairs. Call us and we would be happy to provide you with a proposal & plan to correct your moisture issues. 252.393.7712