What is a dehumidification process?
The dehumidification process simply is taking water out of air to create a less humid area. It is the process that is used to cool air and take out any moisture that may exist. The device that carries out this task is known as a dehumidifier which maintains the level of humidity in the air and can be beneficial for health, comfort, and the removal of musty odors and mold. As the dehumidifier dries and redistributes air, it will help to kill bacteria and mildew that normally thrive in damp and humid climates.
So the actual dehumidification process intakes air and passes it through a cooling coil that remains at a temperature below the dew point. The water particles will eventually form as condensation inside of a dehumidifier and then distribute the dry air.
This process will be used for a number of applications, but for crawl space repair and maintenance, it will be used to maintain the humidity level of the crawl space so that it does not become too humid and cause structural damage. In other words, dehumidifiers are most commonly installed within your crawlspace to prevent damage. They will need to be maintained however, but each dehumidifier will be different and depend on the situation. You should consult with a crawl space expert to get the best help on knowing how dehumidifiers should be taken care of.
Why is there so much moisture in my house?
If your home has a lot of humidity inside, then there may be something wrong. Water or insane amounts of moisture should not be in your home at all. Moisture can lead to many different problems such as mold, rot, mildew, and bacterial growth. These will build up over time and create a bad stench that will begin to permeate throughout a building and will create an unhealthy environment. Further damages will target the structural integrity and comfort of those within the structure. Corrosion, electrical shorts, oxidation, condensation, and insect infestations can all be side effects of an increase of moisture in any structure. Taking care of this problem will be very important, but how did it get there in the first place? Water may enter a home when the air inside the home is much cooler than the air outside, This may happen during hot summers when the air conditioning units are on frequently to cool down the building. Air conditioning will create moisture beneath the floorboards and air ducts of a structure, allowing air to become trapped under the floorboards. Sometimes ground water will seep up through the soil beneath a structure and begin to cause problems. The humidity of a climate will also come into play when figuring out how moisture is entering your home. And the humidity level may fluctuate depending on the region and time of year it is. Water during rain and/or snow storms may creep its way beneath your foundation if the gutters and downspouts are not functioning properly. Water in your crawlspace may also indicate that there is a crack or opening within some of your insulation or vapor barrier. No matter the reason for the water, it will be important to have a professional check out the situation and see what will be best in repairing your crawl space.
How can I fix a water damaged home?
If water has entered your home and damaged it in some way, luckily there are ways to fix water damage in crawl spaces. Although they can be fixed, it will be best to have a trained and experienced professional make the needed repairs to ensure that the problems are fixed and do not recur. Before fixing the crawl space, existing water will need to be pumped out and removed. The area will be cleaned from all damage that may have been created so that it does not build up over time. This may include inspecting for corrosion and oxidation along the walls and pillars of the crawlspace. Mold and mildew will need to be removed, and any pest infestations will need to be taken care before installing a new system or features that will keep water out. This process may be extensive depending on the damage. Then the solution that is best for your area will be installed. The method that you choose to implicate to remove the moisture will heavily depend on the severity of the problem, season, and location of the leak or water. During the winter, your crawl space could benefit by being heated up to return to the proper humidity levels. A dehumidifier will also be great in taking out moisture from the air. A fan or some type of ventilation could also help air out a crawl space and remove moist air. However, this method will not work in every climate region. It will best be used in dry climates. If a crawl space is just generally humid during the warm season, then a dehumidifier will be your best bet at maintaining the humidity levels of your crawlspace. However, if water has puddled up in your crawl space and is not evaporating, then more precautions and repairs will be needed. First, the vapor barrier will need to be removed from your crawl space, as it has been compromised. A sump pump will pump will help to prevent water damage in the future be allowing water to drain. After the sump pump has been installed, a new vapor barrier can be put in place to keep water from seeping under the structure. This process will best be done by a professional, as it will involve water and electricity. They will also have the proper tools such as vapor barrier, insulation, and dehumidifiers to get the water out and make the needed repairs. More precautions that can be taken to prevent future water damage will include cleaning out or replacing drains, gutters, and down sprouts. These features will allow water to drain away from the foundation of a building, thus preventing water from seeping under your foundation and into your crawl space.