Excessive moisture in a conventionally vented crawl space is one of the biggest crawl space concerns. As moisture increases in or under a structure, this increases the possibility of attracting and creating an environment that supports wood destroying insects (like termites), creates a space that encourages mold growth, and makes the structure susceptible to wood rot. Additionally, the effects of the excessive moisture can negatively impact indoor air quality.
The crawl space in a home may be out of sight but the effects of excessive moisture in a crawl space should never be overlooked.
Clint Miller Exterminating protects your crawlspace. We provide moisture control by using a high quality, tear resistant 6mil vapor liner to cover the ground. This system, along with proper drainage and a form of mechanical drying will provide great moisture control protection.
Additionally, CME can seal your vents and set up a dehumidifier.
With a moisture barrier, your home is healthier and dryer.
- Condensational moisture
- High levels of humidity
- Ground moisture vapors
- Moisture intrusion from outside of the foundation walls
If you are having problems with moisture in your home, having CME install a moisture barrier can help mitigate this problem. You may need water management also to get the full moisture issue under control.
|Common symptoms of a crawl space moisture problem
- Mold or moisture damage in the crawl space or living area
- Musty odors in the living area
- Condensation (“sweating”) on air conditioning ductwork or equipment
- Condensation on insulation, water pipes or truss plates in the crawl space
- Buckled hardwood floors
- High humidity in the living area
- Insect infestations
- Rot in wooden framing members
- Bare dirt, trash – unsightly
|Why install a moisture barrier?
- To reduce possibility of moisture from rising to the floor system
- Reduce an environment that invites termites
- Help prevent mold growth
- Keep insulation from falling
- Promote clean air inside house by reducing odors caused by moisture
- Temperature and humidity monitoring
- Crawl space is cleaner looking
- Correct humidity
- Dry crawl space surfaces
|Factors affecting your estimate
- Size of crawl space (square footage)
- Height of crawlspace (entire house)
- # of piers (including random placement vs. in rows)
- Make sure crawl door is good, charge for repair if not sealed tightly.
- Any trash in crawl? Must be removed!
- HVAC ductwork locations
- Cable lines and other wires
- Any standing water?
- Mold present?
- Is a dehumidifier needed? Should vents be closed and crawl space sealed? * if house uses gas for HVAC, a fresh air supply must be added.
- Gas or Oil Furnaces, Hot Water Venting?