You try to keep a clean, fresh, livable home for your health and that of your family. It’s always an ongoing project to tidy up that takes a lot of money and time. But what if you found out there was something you couldn’t see that was undermining your efforts to keep your space hygienic? It’s more likely than you think! Your crawl space might be compromising your home without you even knowing it. That’s why we like to add crawl space dehumidifiers when we can.
The crawl space is the most forgotten place in the whole home. It’s underneath the floorboards, dark, dusty and might be home to a few insects that you don’t want to be reminded of. That’s why most homeowners never go down there until there’s a plumbing emergency. Out of sight; out of mind.
But you should care a lot more about what goes on in your crawl space. Half of the air on a home’s first floor infiltrates the home through the crawl space, so if there’s a problem down there, then there’s a problem in your living space.
So how can a crawl space dehumidifier help your home?
A Crawl Space Dehumidifier Removes Excess Moisture
How does moisture get down into a crawl space? Well, let’s consider first how air works in your home.
You keep a conditioned living space, probably around 73 degrees Fahrenheit or so. But the outdoor temperature can swing to very different temperatures. Your crawl space is not part of the conditioned space in your home, so its temperature swings with the weather. That means the relative humidity of the outdoors will move into the crawl space. When that moist air penetrates the crawl space, condensation can happen, especially if the duct work and air handler are in the crawl space.
No matter if the crawl space is colder or warmer than the living space, the presence of moisture in it can mean all the problems that come with water. Wood absorbs water, which leads to bacteria and mold or even worse wood rot growing on your floor joists. Water in the crawl space can also bring in pests.
As its name suggests, a crawl space dehumidifier can get rid of the excess moisture in the air of your crawl space, which helps to tamp down mold and pest issues before they start.
A Crawl Space Dehumidifier Prevents Mold Growth
All life needs water. That’s true of the biggest elephant and the smallest bacteria. That means that when you’ve got water in a space, life will be drawn to it. Specifically, mold, the one thing you don’t want to find in your crawl space.
Mold only requires a few days to start growing inside a moist space (20% moisture). It just needs water, oxygen, and something to eat. What does mold eat? Organic material. To grow, it eats the cellulose in your wood. This damages the wood, and it gives the mold the chance to spread. Spores become part of that 50% of the air in the first floor of the home. It’s the spores that cause the medical issues that people around mold indoors report.
A crawl space dehumidifier gets rid of these issues by removing the moisture from the crawl space, depriving mold of the key resource it needs to thrive.
A Crawl Space Dehumidifier Controls Pests
Much like mold, pests are also looking for water. In fact, a lot of the insects you find in your home are there in search of water. They’re also looking for food, which can come in the form of mold and mildew.
If they find what they’re looking for in your crawl space, they might go ahead and make a home there. Then you’ve got an entire colony making as they reproduce and their offspring thrive in the environment.
You may think you can poison your way out of a pest infestation, but poisons don’t last forever. When they wear off, the insects will come back. Plus remember how much air circulates between your crawl space and your home, do you really want to go with a poison solution in your crawl space?
The best protection is prevention. If they can’t find water, they won’t stick around. That’s how a crawl space dehumidifier can be great pest control.
Call the Experts Today
Convinced of the benefits of a crawl space dehumidifier? Give BIOSWEEP a call today! We’ve made crawl space dehumidifiers part of our standard process, so we know exactly how to get the results you need. Let us design a system to keep your home dry and healthy.