As the seasons change the amount of water vapor in the air fluctuates. Condensation can form as this air flows in and out of your crawlspace. When water invades your crawlspace, problems begin. Placing a dehumidifier in your crawlspace is one solution to these water problems. Let’s look at the benefits of a dehumidifier in your crawlspace and more.
The Problem with Humidity in Your Crawlspace
Water vapor in the air is known as humidity. The temperature change in seasons or during periods of heavy rain can cause a rise in humidity. When humidity is high there is a lot of water vapor in the air. When warm humid air hits the cool ground of your crawlspace, the water vapor condenses and can form water droplets on the dirt floor, floor joists, wiring, pipes, and exterior walls of your crawlspace. When cooler air hits the warmer ground of your crawlspace, the same thing can happen. Controlling the humidity level in your crawlspace is key to controlling condensation and stopping water damage in your crawlspace.
The Role of a Dehumidifier in Your Crawlspace
A dehumidifier is an appliance that removes moisture from the air. A fan pulls air into the device over temperature-controlled coils. This causes the excess moisture in the air to condense and turn into liquid water. It is then diverted through an exit pipe or stored in a basin. Dehumidifiers allow you to set the desired humidity level and sense when the air around it rises to alert it to begin working.
The biggest benefit of a dehumidifier in your crawlspace is that it prevents condensation from forming. Water in your crawlspace leads to a host of problems. A dehumidifier will prevent these problems by keeping the humidity at a healthy level. The water in the air is removed before it has the chance to condense and damage your home.
Creates a Healthy Environment
If you have ever noticed a bad, musty, smell from your crawlspace it is most likely due to the presence of moisture. This moisture provides the perfect environment for mold, mildew and fungus to grow. Mold, mildew, and fungus produce tiny spores that travel by air. As much as 50% of the air you breathe on the first floor of your home can come from your crawlspace. These spores can be detrimental to your health. Placing a dehumidifier in your crawlspace to control moisture can create a healthier environment both in the crawlspace and in your home!
Protects Your Home from Water Damage
Stopping condensation in your crawlspace means stopping water damage from occurring. As moisture settles in your crawlspace it can cause wood rot on your floor joists which breaks down the foundation of your home. It also can cause rust on the pipes coming from your HVAC units and plumbing along with stress to the electrical components. Placing a dehumidifier now and
protecting your floor joists, electrical, and plumbing can save you money, time, and stress in the future.
Creates a More Comfortable Home Environment and Saves Money!
We mentioned above that as much as 50% of the air on the first floor of your home is from your crawlspace! If the humidity level is high in your crawlspace this humid air will leak into the first floor of your home making the air feel warm and sticky. You may choose to turn the air conditioner on to remedy this but then find yourself feeling cold and clammy. By regulating the humidity level in the crawlspace you can better regulate the humidity level in your home above. This will save money on your energy bill and stabilize the air in your living environment!
Pests such as termites, cockroaches, spiders, mice, and rats are drawn to the warm, dark, and humid conditions of your crawlspaces. Reducing the humidity level in your crawlspace with a dehumidifier is one step you can take to keep these pests away!
Things to Consider When Choosing a Dehumidifier for Your Crawlspace
Now that you know the benefits of a dehumidifier in your crawlspace, it is time to choose one to place. When choosing a dehumidifier there are some factors you must consider. The size of your crawlspace will determine the size of the dehumidifier you need. You must also consider the best way to supply power to your dehumidifier. Look for models that will restart after a power outage or you are likely to forget to turn it back on. You must also consider drainage options for the water collected. No one wants to empty a tank from a dehumidifier in your crawlspace so choosing to drain the excess water via a hose outdoors or an exit drain is a better option.
Aqua-Guard Waterproofing Can Help With Dehumidifiers in Your Crawlspace
Aqua-Guard Waterproofing will have your water problems solved. We understand crawlspaces and know the best dehumidifier to fit your needs, where, and how to place it. Our trusted team provides free consultations and can have your crawlspace environment improved quickly- improving your living environment too. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and let’s get those crawlspace humidity levels under control!