Damp Crawl Space

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How To Deal With A Damp Crawl Space

A damp crawl space is more than just a minor annoyance, in fact, it can be a major safety hazard when you factor in that dampness lead to structural damage and mold growth. Unfortunately, damp crawl spaces are common household issues, and they usually arise either out of a freak accident (like say a burst pipe) or a failure on the home owner’s part to protect their crawl space from moisture. Either way, a damp crawl space has to be dealt with in a timely manner, in order to prevent mold growth or major structural rot. If you discover that you have a damp crawl space, here are the steps you should take to deal with it.

Identify what’s causing the dampness

First thing’s first, before you try to start drying out your crawl space, you need to determine what exactly is causing the dampness in the first place. There are a number of issues that can lead to damp crawl spaces, and it is not always easy to determine what the exact cause is. Sometimes the cause is obvious, for example, a leaky pipe or a lack of a vapor barrier. But sometimes the cause is less obvious, for example, damp crawl spaces can be the result of gutters not taking rain water away from the house. Whatever the cause, it is important you identify and fix the cause of the dampness first.

Drying out the damp crawl space

When it comes to actually drying out the damp crawl space, the first thing you are going to want to do is remove all debris from the crawl space. Any boxes or materials that are in the crawl space should be removed. Leaving things in the crawl spaces will not only make the drying process take longer, but those items could be infected with mold; so it is important that you make sure you deal with them appropriately. It’s also worth noting that if you are actually going into the crawl space, you should maybe get a protective mask, even if there isn’t mold yet, you are probably going to want to avoid breathing in all the dust and debris in the crawl space.

The next step is to inspect all the insulation and see if it is damp. Damp insulation should be stripped and replaced, as it is a fertile breeding ground for mold. Depending on the type of insulation, you may be able to dry it out and put it back, but certain types of insulation lose their effectiveness after getting damp; so it is probably better to just replace it entirely.

Next check for mold, if you find it, you’re going to have to deal with the mold in two ways. You can call a professional, or you can do it the old fashioned way by using bleach and a scrubber to get rid of the mold yourself. Either way, it is important that you get rid of mold before it can spread and cause any actual issues.

Finally, in terms of actually drying out the crawl space, the best way to go about it would be to use a strong dehumidifier. You can find specialty dehumidifiers that are specifically for drying out large spaces, such as a crawl space, and you may want to invest in one of those. If you think the dampness may come back again in the future, you may want to consider investing in a dehumidifier with a pump, so that it can continually keep your crawl space dry.

Crawl Space Moisture Control: Some Ways To Do It

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Crawl Space Moisture Control: Some Ways To Do It

Moisture in a crawl space is, to put it mildly, very bad. Moisture, along with other factors like inadequate ventilation, leads to the growth of mold. Mold in a crawl space is dangerous for two reasons. First off, certain types of mold can get into the wood and cause structural damage by causing the wood to rot. Secondly, mold in the crawl space is more hazardous than mold in other places in the house, because air rises from the crawl space, meaning that spores and odors from the mold will be carried up into other areas of the home. For these reasons, it is essential that the amount of moisture in your crawl space be kept under control. If you are stuck wondering what you can do to prevent moisture from getting into your crawl space, here are some methods to help keep crawl space moisture under control.

Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are typically used to dry out a crawl space after flooding or a major leak. But, they can also double as a permanent way of keeping your crawl space moisture free. Simply figure out how large the dehumidifier needs to be; if you aren’t sure what size you need, simply measure out your crawl space and consider how serious the moisture issues are, then go from there. It is also worth noting that if you do plan to regularly use a dehumidifier, you should get a model that has a built-in drainage system, so that you aren’t constantly emptying out the dehumidifier.

Ensure adequate ventilation

One of the best ways of keeping crawl space moisture under control is to ensure that your crawl space is properly ventilated. The rule of thumb when it comes to crawl spaces is that for every 150 sq. feet of crawl space there should be at least 1 sq. feet of ventilation. Generally, you are also going to want to keep both the crawl space itself clear and the area outside the clear to ensure proper cross ventilation. So, make sure your crawl space is reasonably free from clutter and debris. Also, make sure you clear bushes and other debris outside the house, to ensure good airflow. If you take steps to ensure that your crawl space is always properly vented, then you should never have problems with moisture.

Installing a fan

If you are seriously concerned about moisture getting into your crawl space, then you might want to consider having a crawl space fan system installed. These fans can help move air throughout the crawl space, which does help fight against moisture. But, before installing a fan system in your crawl space, you should know that not all the relevant experts agree that fan systems help keep a crawl space dry. Some experts assert that fan systems encourage the growth of moisture by drawing humid air into the crawl space. Ultimately experts are divided, so before making any decisions, consult with the relevant experts and do some research.

 

Water In Crawl Space

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How To Get Rid Of Water In Your Crawl Space

It is a good idea to know how to deal with water in your crawl space. Even if you have taken all the proper precautions, your crawl space can still flood because of matters outside of your control (like a burst pipe, or a large amount of rain). Now, if your crawl space has water in it, the first step is always to identify why there is water in the crawl space; if it is something that you can fix, you should do so before actually removing the water in the crawl space. But when you finally get around to actually removing the water from your crawl space, here are the steps you need to take.

Get a pump

If there is a large amount of water in your crawl space, you are going to need to pump it out. While heavy duty pumps are somewhat expensive, you should be able to get a relatively cheap, low volume pump from your local hardware store (in most cases, these types of pumps will be able to easily get rid of most of the water in your crawl space). Operating pumps a pump is fairly simple; just set it up outside the crawl space, run the hose into the crawl space, and then run the discharge hose to an area outside your house, where the water can be safely discharged. If your crawl space floor is made of dirt, be careful where you place the pump because the dirt may clog it.

Using a wet vacuum

The pump will probably not be able to remove all the water, so in order to remove the last little bit of water from your crawl space, try using a heavy duty wet vacuum. Depending on the amount of water left over, you may have to make multiple trips to empty out your wet vac, so plan accordingly.

Drying out the dampness

Once the water has been removed from your crawl space, you need to dry out the crawl space to prevent mold from growing. There are two methods for doing this, first, you can buy an industrial dehumidifier. This is the most effective route. The other method is to set up a fan system to dry out the crawl space. If you do plan to use a fan to dry out the crawl space, make sure it’s an industrial fan. To make sure the crawl space has been thoroughly dried out, make sure to leave the dehumidifier or fan running overnight.

Preventing future incidents

After the crawl space is dried out, you are going to want to look into how to prevent water from getting into the crawl space in the future. The best way to go about this is to get a sump pump installed (if you already have one, and still have issues with water, you may want to consider getting a second one installed). Sump pumps are generally pretty effective at keeping water out of places like basements and crawl spaces. They are a must have if you live in a flood-prone area.

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“Our crawlspace is always damp when it rains.  We live on the hill, and water seepage makes the dirt in our crawlspace damp all time… Our crawlspace is (now) dry, bright and clean.  We’ve regained a lot more storage space…”                                                                                        

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