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Steps to Preventing Crawl Space Moisture Problems in Newark NJ

Steps to Preventing Crawl Space Moisture Problems in Newark NJ

Crawl Space Moisture Problems in Newark NJ

Do you ever wonder what happens in your crawl space when you’re not looking? If you’re like many homeowners, you probably never check to see what’s going on under your house. This is understandable. The crawl space is not a nice place to go wondering about in.

However, the sad truth is that your crawl space affects your home much more than you think. If you have a crawl space moisture problem, your home will be affected by the bad smell of rotting wood. The molds that will grow in the space may pose a health risk to your entire household. In addition to all this, the rot caused by the moisture will affect the structural integrity of your home and thus its longevity and value.

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Clearly not attending to crawl space moisture problems as soon as possible will result in great expenses. You can prevent all this by following the steps below:

Step 1: Stop leakages

Crawl spaces are where all the utilities run through. This includes HVAC vents as well as other plumbing. If there are leakages in the plumbing, then you’ll most probably have a moisture problem in your crawl space. Have your plumbing checked as well as the vents running through the crawl space. Have vent pipes insulated to prevent condensation from accumulating on their surfaces.

Step 2: Keep ground water in the ground

The moisture in your crawl space may also be coming from the ground. This is common where it rains often or the ground water table is high.

You will need to have a professional contractor install a water vapor barrier in your crawl space. This will keep the floors and walls of the crawl space dry.

It is also important to have a drainage system and sump pump installed in the crawl space. With the water vapor barrier in place, the water will flow along the drainage system and be pumped out by the sump pump. This ensures a dry crawl space.

Step 3: Seal and dehumidify your crawl space

Humidity from the surrounding environment, the internal environment of your home and HVAC system can still enter your crawl space even after installing a water vapor barrier. To prevent this, have your crawl space sealed to prevent the growth of mold and rotting of wood. Ensure that the space remains dry by having a dehumidifier installed in there. The dehumidifier will cycle humid air out of the space and bring in dry air.