Tar Heel Tip of the Week: Vented Crawl Space on a Hot Summer Day

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
humid crawl space leads to wood rot and mold growth

The Southeastern part of the United States is known for high-temperature summers and even higher humidity.

Air is a very efficient way to move water; humid air, moves very easily in and out of spaces. Humidity is all around us and moves in vast quantities through the largest and smallest of spaces. Moisture content is carried through the air wherever it goes.

Having vented crawl spaces below your sealed, energy efficient home allows for relative humidity to enter the area and take over space.

Warm air in the summer holds more moisture than cold air in the winter. The higher the temperature rises during the Southeast summers, the higher the humidity levels that are entering your home.

Relative humidity can also be known as, water vapor. Water vapor is the silent destructive killer of crawl spaces – it creates condensation that makes all materials wet, rot and provides a perfect home for mold to breed. A home with a vented crawl space is essentially inviting moisture to come in and create this mold and wood rot.

If your home has open crawl space vents and you’d like to get them closed once and for all, call our office today for a FREE ESTIMATE appointment. Don’t let humidity destroy one of your biggest investments.

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