Some homes have a fully functioning basement with a livable space that also houses your electrical boxes and utilities in a separate space. However, some homes have a crawlspace, which is sort of like a basement, but is only used for creating an area of ventilation below the home. A crawlspace is also important to have if you don’t want your home to be sitting right on the ground where the frost line can wreak havoc on utilities in the winter. One thing all homeowners with a crawlspace should take consideration of is how to properly ventilate your crawlspace so that you can avoid moisture and other types of damage. Here is our crawlspace ventilation advice for homeowners.
First, you want to make sure that you have some type of ventilation in your crawlspace. If there is no ventilation, you may be experiencing a number of problems without even realizing it. For instance, moisture damage may be occurring under your floors or you could also be experiencing an issue with pests and critters who have invaded that area. All of these things can be causing structural issues which of course can be costly to fix.
In most cases, the ventilation will be in the form of a window vent or grate in your foundation wall. These grates or vents can be opened accordingly, depending on the season. For instance, in the summer you should open the vents to allow for plenty of ventilation to keep moisture from building up due to the increase in humidity levels. Moisture can cause mold which can prove a toxic problem for your family if left untreated. In the winter months, you should keep the vents closed so that you can protect your pipes from the freezing temperatures. One of the biggest causes of blocked or frozen pipes is improper crawlspace maintenance and if not tended to, it’s also a problem that can cause your home to be less efficient as well.
Next, you may have an automatic vent system in your crawlspace. These systems are, of course, more technologically advanced and a bit more of an investment, but they may be worth it, especially if you don’t want to keep going down to your crawlspace to manually open and close the vent gates. An automatic system will also prevent leaks and other issues from occurring. Because automatic vents are thinner and have filters, you won’t need to worry about too much energy leakage. Plus, the ventilation process will be much more efficient.
Lastly, having a properly vented crawlspace is critical. If you don’t have ventilation in your crawlspace, you may want to hire a company, like Buckeye Basement Systems, that specializes in basement repairs to build a ventilation system for you. In most cases, ventilation can be built into your foundation walls. If you are experiencing a problem with moisture and humidity, you may want to have a moisture barrier installed. At the end of the day, you want to make sure there is plenty of fresh air in your basement, because moisture can be ruinous for the underside of your home.