Are You Breeding Creepy Crawlies? Dry out Your Wet Crawl Space Now!

December 07th, 2018
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Arachnophobia is the fear of and panic over spiders. Many people have this phobia.

Even if you don't, you'll want to keep spiders and other critters such as snakes out of your home. But that gets a bit hard when you have a wet crawl space.

If you have a damp crawl space, not only can it attract pests, but it can also cause health problems for you and your family. Here, we give you tips on how to dry out your house crawl space.

Run a Dehumidifier

This should be the first thing you try. If your crawl space doesn't seem too damp, plug in your home's dehumidifier and see if it makes a difference.

Otherwise, you can try a commercial grade dehumidifier for super dehumidifying. However, these are quite expensive, so you should maybe look into our other tips before going out and buying one.

Get Better Insulation

If your home isn't properly insulated, it can become cold and damp. This can lead to the growth of toxic black mold.

Keep your house warm and dry by insulating your foundation walls. In addition to putting up rigid insulation, you have to tape the seams as well. This will create a tighter seal so air and water won't get through as easily.

Prevent a Wet Crawl Space With a Moisture Barrier

You can prevent moisture from gathering by covering the crawl space floor with a moisture barrier. This is usually made of a heavy grade plastic that will not only keep moisture out but also dry out your crawl space.

Make sure you cover the floor completely and avoid any gaps or holes. Moisture can get through those gaps and holes, so you'll have to redo it if you have any.

Improve Your Soil Grade

By improving the soil grade on your property, you can see more drainage of water. A grade of 0.5 inches per foot will be good enough for you to see progress.

Better drainage, in addition to cleared gutters, will help you stop your crawl space from being wet.

Prevention Is Key

The main component in the humidity of your house is your HVAC system. If it's more than 10 years old, it may have seen better days. This is especially true if you haven't had regular maintenance done on it.

Make sure you have a technician come to look at it. They may suggest you repair or replace it for a better unit.

Afterward, you need to make sure you keep your thermostat above 74 during the summer. If you set it at lower temperatures, it can cause condensation to form on your air ducts. This is what makes your crawl space wet.

If worse comes to worst, you may have to renovate your wet crawl space so you can keep the creepy crawlies out. But first, try our tips above! You may find they make a significant difference in your property.

Want to find other tips for preventing moisture and providing good air flow in your home? Then read our blog