When humidity levels surpass 70 percent, it creates the ideal conditions for mold to grow and spread throughout your crawlspace. Controlling crawlspace humidity levels is the first line of defense against mold, and the various problems that arise from it. Fortunately, professionals have highly-effective methods of keeping your humidity at a low level, thereby preventing mold from spreading in your crawlspace.
Crawlspace Encapsulation Services
The common knowledge among professionals used to be that a well-ventilated crawlspace was best, but research has since proven otherwise. The key reason for that change is the fact that where air permeates, water follows. That water can accumulate and create a fertile environment for mold growth. Crawlspace encapsulation, on the other hand, involves treating the crawlspace of your home as if it were another room—sealing it off from the outdoors. While choosing to encapsulate your crawlspace may not be necessary for all homeowners, it is an innovative and effective method for controlling humidity underneath your home.
Crawlspace Ventilation Systems
While encapsulation may be the choice for many homeowners, installing crawlspace ventilation systems can also be an effective way to control humidity. There are several factors to determine if ventilation is the right option for your home. These factors include the age of your home, the materials your home is made of, and whether you have a recurring water entry issue. For some homes depending on climate and other conditions, installing an effective ventilation system may be the answer to controlling the humidity of your crawlspace.
Another ideal option for managing humidity involves the use of dehumidifiers—if that wasn’t obvious in the name. While crawlspace dehumidifiers can be expensive for individual homeowners, professionals often recommend them and can help you determine if they’re the right choice for your space. In the case of PES Crawlspace, Aprilaire dehumidifiers are the brand of choice. With their ability to decrease humidity, even in extremely humid climates like those near Charleston, SC, dehumidifiers are an excellent tool for controlling the humidity of your crawlspace.
Prevent Mold by Controlling Humidity
Whether it’s the desire for clean air or the need to protect the structure of your home, there are many good reasons to prevent mold. Before it spreads and thrives, some simple actions can create conditions where mold can no longer grow. Among the most simple and manageable tactics is to control humidity.
No two homes are the same, however. While some homes may need ventilation to allow the flow of air in their crawlspace, others may benefit from a complete encapsulation. For some, strategically adding a dehumidifier might be enough to manage crawlspace humidity. Only an expert can inspect your home and help you determine the best solution for protecting it.
Call PES Crawlspace today for crawlspace humidity and mold services throughout South Carolina and North Carolina.