A Crawl Space Dehumidifier Saves Your Home from Mold and Structural Damage
Crawl spaces are often damp, and excess moisture can not only damage the structure of your home, but it can also lead to deadly mold growth. Air-born mold can seriously affect your health. A crawl space dehumidifier is perhaps the best for reducing humidity under your home.
How it Works
A dehumidifier will dry the air, however, it will not stop water from leaking into the crawl space. Before installing a crawl space dehumidifier, you must find the source of any water leak and stop it. Check any vents for leaks, and seal any holes. Likewise, a dehumidifier may stop mold and mildew from getting a foothold, but it can’t get rid of it once it’s established. A crawl space dehumidifier can spread the mold spores throughout the crawl space, even spreading them up into your home. Before installing a dehumidifier, you must get rid of any mold and mildew already growing in the crawl space.
When Vents Aren’t Sufficient
Crawl space vents are often touted as the way to get rid of moisture in a home’s crawl space. While vents can improve the air circulation under your home, excess moisture can’t dissipate if the air outside is just as humid as the crawl space. If your home is in an area with high humidity, it may not be possible to vent moisture out of the crawl space. In this case, installing a dehumidifier may not only be the best choice but the only choice.
Be Sure to Drain the Water Occasionally
Keep in mind, a dehumidifier uses electricity, and some dehumidifiers need electric fans positioned around the crawl space to circulate the air. Additionally, the water collected by the dehumidifier must be properly drained off, away from your house. Overall, the benefits of a dehumidifier in your crawl space can far outweigh any disadvantages. if you don’t remove the excess moisture, it can destroy wood, rust metal and encourage dangerous mold growth.