Should I Keep Crawl Space Vents Open or Closed?

Crawl Space Vents Open or Closed?

It is that time a year once again. Heavy rains, followed by periods of excessive heat. Elevated relative humidity and dew point levels become common now all through the summer. It is the season of condensation problems inside Charlotte, NC crawlspaces. Homeowners are now faced with the unpleasant reality that something needs to be done to protect their investment. Crawlspace condensation problems can cause the development of mold and fungal colonies to manifest ...

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Problems Using Dehumidifiers in Crawl Spaces

The Common Fallacies, Challenges, and Problems with Using Dehumidifiers in Crawl Spaces.

 

I did an inspection last week inside the crawlspace on the south side of Charlotte, NC where I discovered that the homeowner had sealed off all of his vents, and installed a commercial dehumidifier inside the space in an attempt to mitigate crawl space moisture. As it was a winter inspection, it was not surprising to find that the wood moisture content of the ...

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Encapsulation vs. Ventilation – When is the best time of the year to install a crawl space moisture control system?

When is the best time of the year to install a crawl space moisture control system?

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Michael Masserang here again and I’m here with Billy Mitchell and he is the owner of Intellivent and we’re continuing our series today on Encapsulation versus Ventilation and we’re going to talk a little bit about installation time as in reference to when is the best time of the year to install one of these types of systems.

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Crawl Space Waterproofing

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WATERPROOFING YOUR HOME’S CRAWL SPACE

With the Spring rains approaching, some homeowners will begin to experience ponding of water inside their crawl spaces after heavy rain events. It is important not to panic, but to focus on identifying the real problems causing these symptoms to occur.

Be careful of commissioned based sales people attempting to sell you an expensive repair that you don’t need.

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Encapsulate v.s. Ventilate

It’s springtime, so it’s time to have your crawlspace inspected for condensation problems. Moisture in your home’s crawl space can introduce a multitude of problems if not resolved. High moisture in your crawlspace provides the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth – a earthy, musty smell that can permeate the crawlspace and invade the home. If left unchecked, the wooden structural support of your home, the joists, sub-floor and rim joists become weak ...

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Crawlspace Problems

The Carolinas feature many beautiful older homes, but these homes are often constructed on crawl spaces and lack proper ventilation. This condition fosters the growth of mold, mildew, insects and potentially larger pests. This can be detrimental to a home’s environment as the house “breathes” due to the “stack effect”, air is pulled from the crawlspace along with mold spores, odors from decomposing organic matter and dust mite fecal matter.  These conditions can aggravate persons with asthma, allergies or respiratory ...

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