Jul102015

"Crawl Space Moisture?"

Were you aware that excessive rainfall may be affecting your crawl space? Wet areas beneath the occupied space invite mold contamination and structural rot and may also contribute to bacterial hazards.

Most crawl spaces are last on the list for maintenance and upgrades, therefore leading to deterioration as well as pest infestations over the years.

Where you aware that:

  • Wood Moisture Content (WMC) is a measurement of how much water your wood is holding. The ideal WMC is 10% -12%.

  • Closed crawl spaces consistently out perform vented crawl spaces in terms of moisture control and energy use.

  • High Moisture Content in crawl spaces can lead to Mold, Mildew, Fungus, Bacteria, and damage to the structure.

  • Relative Humidity (RH) for extended periods of time makes vented crawl spaces in the Southeast an ideal location for mold growth and wood decay to take hold.

  • RH is at its lowest in Winter and highest during the Summer. The ideal RH is 50% – 60%.

  • The air inside your home is the air that was in the crawl space.

  • Crawl space insulation that has absorbed water from the air and through condensation becomes heavy and falls out of place making it useless.

  • Many types of insect pests seek out dark, damp areas to live in.

Crawl space encapsulation can turn a wet, unhealthy crawl space into a clean healthy storage area.