Fort Worth Crawl Space Dehumidifier
Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency & Air Quality
Just because your home’s crawl space is out of sight doesn’t mean that it should be out of mind. The damage occurring beneath your home due to high humidity levels won’t stay confined for long —eventually, the negative effects of a neglected, wet crawl space will plague the rest of your home. A crawl space dehumidifier can help you control the moisture levels of your crawl space, protecting it and the rest of your home from the negative effects of high humidity.
AtG.L. Hunt Foundation Repair,we help Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas area homeowners control crawl space moisture with crawl space dehumidifier installation! Call (817) 438-2052 today to receive your FREE estimate.
What Is the Ideal Crawl Space Humidity Level?
Controlling crawl space moisture levels is crucial in the prevention of mold growth, pest infestation, and wood rot. Ideally, your crawl space relative humidity level should be below 55%. Relative humidity is how much moisture is in the air compared to how much moisture the air can hold at a given temperature. Thus, fluctuations in temperature can impact your crawl space’s relative humidity. Because warm air holds more moisture than cold air, when hot, humid air enters your cold crawl space it causes the relative humidity of your crawl space to increase as the excess moisture is absorbed by the cool air. This is why crawl space humidity is particularly difficult to control.
What Happens When Crawl Space Humidity Rises?
As crawl space humidity levels rise above 55%, the excess moisture in the air will begin to encourage wood rot, mold growth, and other undesirable consequences.
Here are a few of the negative impacts of high crawl space humidity:
- Wood rot
- Musty odors
- Pest Infestation
- Decreased energy efficiency
What Causes High Crawl Space Humidity?
Excess moisture can enter your crawl space in multiple ways. Some of these include:
- Exposed dirt floors: Crawl spaces with exposed dirt floors typically have more crawl space moisture issues because water can come up through the soil. When this water evaporates, it’s absorbed by the air in your crawl space, thus increasing relative humidity. This issue can be easily solved by installing a crawl space vapor barrier.
- Crawl space vents: Crawl space vents were initially invented to control crawl space moisture levels. The idea was that these vents would allow humid air to leave the crawl space, but whoever invented them must not have thought about the fact that the outside air circulating back into the crawl space could be just as humid. Or sweltering hot. Or freezing cold. In the Texas heat, it’s no surprise that crawl space vents can create problems when it comes to controlling crawl space moisture levels.
- Foundation cracks: Cracks in the foundation can leak and lead to increased crawl space humidity. Often, foundation cracks leak due to hydrostatic pressure—an issue caused by poor exterior drainage and roof water management. To address this problem, G.L. Hunt Foundation Repair offers both exterior drainage and foundation repair solutions.
- Plumbing leaks: Sometimes, it’s interior factors that can negatively affect your crawl space moisture levels. Leaking and ruptured plumbing can increase relative humidity by evaporating into your crawl space air.
How to Get Rid of the Moisture in Your Crawl Space
Installing a crawl space dehumidifier is a simple way to better control your crawl space humidity levels. Dehumidifiers work by removing excess moisture from the air, thus reducing relative humidity levels. By reducing the relative humidity of your crawl space, you’ll dramatically improve the energy efficiency and health of your home. Our dehumidifiers are specially made to be small enough to fit in your crawl space, yet powerful enough to efficiently remove water.
Crawl Space Dehumidifier Installation in Fort Worth & Beyond
Contact G.L. Hunt Foundation Repair to install a crawl space dehumidifier and take back the health and energy efficiency of your home today!