MOISTURE IN THE CRAWL SPACE
Many homes suffer from floor rot due to the “chimney effect” where humid outside air is drawn into an unsealed cold crawlspace. It is this cold, moist air that rises to replace the dry air leaving your home. Damp, flooded, or wet crawl spaces can breed harmful molds and bacteria. Spiders and other bugs are attracted to dark wet places. Over time, standing water in your crawl space will cause structural damage. Muddy soil, standing water, and wet walls are all signs that there is a moisture problem in your crawl space.
WHY ADDRESS THE PROBLEM?
Most people never consider how dangerous and costly it is to have moisture in the crawl space. Water can lead to mold and wood rot. Weakened wood beams can lead to hazardous flooring. Spores, fungus, mildew, or even toxic mold can grow and contaminate the air. Those musty smells are often ignored but can cause serious health problems if left untreated. The R-value of the insulation can decrease due to wet insulation. Moisture can wreak havoc on a house, creating an environment that is inviting to termites, insects, and wildlife.
WOOD MOISTURE LEVEL:
A moisture meter should be used to measure the moisture content of the wood in the crawl space. When high moisture exists in crawl spaces, it can support the growth of fungus and mold. A reading of 20% or higher signals that there is a moisture problem, which can support the growth of wood-decay fungi. The wood-decay fungus is a species of fungus that digests moist wood, causing it to deteriorate, weaken and rot.
HOW TO CONTROL MOISTURE?
FinishShield™ is a 16mm cross-laminated vapor barrier that is fire retardant. It is the most economical vapor barrier and a perfect solution if customers are going to install finished basement walls. Protects against moisture, mold, mildew, humidity, and potential wall leaks.
HD FinishShield™ is a 14mm, fire retardant wall vapor barrier. Recommended as a durable wall covering. It is perfect for basement walls where a customer may not finish right away but would like the protection against moisture, mold, mildew, humidity, and potential wall leaks.
ThermalShield™ is a foil faced wall vapor barrier that has double layers of bubbles and true white poly wall vapor barrier on the back. It is the wall vapor barrier of choice for adding additional insulation reflecting indoor heat back into the basement space. Save energy and protect against moisture, mold, mildew, humidity, and potential wall leaks.
The Santa Fe™ Dehumidifiers is a basement dehumidification system that helps turn your basement space into living space. The American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and the EPA recommend maintaining the relative humidity level in the 30% – 50% range. Ventilation and air conditioning alone cannot provide the protection offered by a high capacity dehumidifier like the Santa Fe™ Classic and other Santa Fe™ dehumidifier product line.
CrawlShield™ will prevent crawl space moisture from rising into the home or building and the following as well:
- Inhibits the migration of moisture and soil gas (radon).
- Greatly reduces condensation, mold growth, and poor air quality within a home or building.
- Crawl space can be used for storage, due to the high strength of CrawlShield™.
- CrawlShield™ gives a crawlspace a bright clean look.
- CrawlShield™ is absolutely the best product on the market for a crawl space application.
- Professional installations of CrawlShield™ in about one day!