One of the biggest problems with having a crawl space is often homeowners don’t know that it’s damp or wet. This can lead to many problems, including damage to the foundation as well as mold growth, which can be damaging to your family’s health. Once a damp or wet crawl space is encapsulated, there still may be a high humidity issue in a crawl space. This may be alleviated by venting the space, sealing the holes to the outside, or adding insulation. In areas, or during seasons, with high humidity, it may be impossible for moisture to leave the crawl space through vents, and mechanical removal with a dehumidifier may be the only choice.
A dehumidifier works by drawing warm air currents into its coils via a fan. The warm air contracts as it’s fed through the refrigerated coils of the machine, and condensation is left inside the dehumidifier. As this condensation collects, one drop of water at a time, it falls into a storage tank attached to the dehumidifier. Cooler, drier air is then released back into your home through the other side of the machine.
The downside of using dehumidifiers is that they need to be maintained and serviced periodically. They also use electricity, and the wrong size dehumidifier can use much more energy than necessary, and cost you more too. That is why you should call the professionals at Main Line Waterproofing for a free consultation. They will assess your space install the appropriately sized dehumidifier for your crawl space, and make sure it is operating and draining correctly.