Humidity and condensation in your crawl space can be a disastrous combination. Excess moisture leads to mold growth, mildew, wood rot, and foul odors, causing serious issues to your home’s health, air quality, and overall value.
At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we understand high humidity not only creates problems underneath your home but can also lead to problems inside. While a crawl space dehumidifier is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to regulating crawl space moisture, we specialize in helping Georgia homeowners eliminate crawl space humidity problems with crawl space dehumidifiers and installation.
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Do I Need a Dehumidifier in My Crawl Space?
If your crawl space humidity level is consistently above 40-50%, a crawl space dehumidifier could make a dramatic positive impact on your home’s air quality. Thanks to the stack effect, which explains why the air in your crawl space gets pulled into the upper levels of your home, you can count on high crawl space humidity negatively impacting the overall air quality of your home.
Aside from measuring specific humidity humidity levels, here are some other ways you can tell your crawl space has moisture issues:
- Mold and mildew growth
- Musty odors throughout the home
- Sinking floors due to damaged support beams and floor joists
- Dry rot
- Condensation forming on pipes, concrete walls, and windows
- Bugs and pest infestations
- Standing water and flooding
If you notice any of these problems around your home and crawl space, a dehumidifier may be one step you can take towards controlling crawl space moisture. By removing excess humidity from the air, a dehumidifier can make living conditions for mold, mildew, and other allergenic organisms uninviting.
Choosing the Best Crawl Space Dehumidifier
With all of the dehumidifier options on the market, choosing the best one for you can sometimes seem overwhelming. How large of a unit will you need? What kind of options make for low maintenance, high functioning design?
As experts, we want to share with you a few key points on what makes a great crawl space dehumidifier, as well as what you can do to make sure it’s working. Eliminate damp, musty odors in your crawl space once and for all by drying and filtering the air! AquaGuard Foundation Solutions can help you choose and install the best dehumidifier for your home.
What to Look for in a Dehumidifier:
Seal Your Crawl Space From Outside Air
In the moisture control business, all too often we see crawl space dehumidifiers set up like the one shown on the right. Notice the cans underneath the legs? Those were placed there to keep the dehumidifier above the floodwater line.
This poor dehumidifier doesn’t stand a chance! Two-foot floods aside, this system is up against a vented crawl space. As soon as it dries the air, new outside air is there to replace it, and it will never keep up.
Your unit can’t possibly work in a vented space, no matter how powerful it is. What a dehumidifier will do in a vented crawl space is run continuously, costing you a bundle in utility bills.
Before trying to dehumidify the space, install a crawl space sump pump if you ever have standing water in the area. You should also seal off the vents and install a crawl space vapor barrier. This will limit the new air reaching your system and will give your dehumidifier a chance to dry the space.
Install A Self-Draining Dehumidifier
Once you’ve installed your crawl space dehumidifier, you’re probably not going to want to think about it again. However, if that dehumidifier includes a water collection tray, your dehumidifier may be full and shut off automatically in as little as 12-hours.
Who wants to go into their crawl space every day to empty a collection tray? Even in a clean, well-maintained space, it’s a chore most people would pass on if they could.
Our SaniDry™ CX has got you covered. With a self-draining design, it can remove up to 109 pints of water per day in your crawl space, without ever needing to have its collection tray emptied. It can drain to a sump pump or drywell, or a special condensation pump can be added to discharge the water outside.
Find A Powerful Dehumidifier
If you have a dehumidifier in your crawl space, and the area is still damp, musty, and moldy, then you can make an obvious conclusion: it’s not doing its job.
The answer is not to buy a second dehumidifier! Twice the units mean twice the noise, twice the electricity used, and very often, a crawl space that is still damp.
The SaniDry™ CX is a crawl space dehumidifier that’s strong enough for the job! Its powerful 240 CFM blowing motor will circulate air throughout your wet crawl space, drying everything out and keeping it dry all the time!
The large cold coil surface of the dehumidifier (see the comparison in photo) helps it handle a 6,000 square foot crawl space, at 3 feet high. An adjustable knob lets you decide how dry you want your crawlspace– just set it and forget it!
Make Sure It’s Energy Efficient
Typical hardware store dehumidifiers can tank up on energy usage! In many cases, these systems can cost you 11 cents or more to remove a single pint of water.
Hardware store systems don’t have a large enough cold coil space to remove water from the air efficiently. Small coils mean the system works harder, which means you pay more to run an inferior dehumidifier.
Our SaniDry™ CX crawl space dehumidifier has a unique heat exchange system that helps it achieve an ENERGY STAR® rating! With an operating temperature of 40°F – 95°F, it’s optimal for the cool crawl space environment!
Install a Warrantied SaniDry™ CX System in your crawl space! This innovative system is ideal for helping to keep your crawl space or basement warm, dry, and mold-free!
A SaniDry™ CX can be installed in your home quickly and includes a written warranty.
Other Crawl Space Waterproofing Solutions
In some cases, simply installing a crawl space dehumidifier isn’t enough to protect against leaks, floods, and high-humidity. AquaGuard Foundation Solutions offers a variety of crawl space waterproofing solutions, including complete crawl space encapsulation. To learn more about maintaining a clean, dry crawl space, check out a full list of our crawl space solutions.
Let Us Help You Dry Your Crawl Space
If you’re dealing with crawl space mold, wood rot, or rising utility costs, the experts at AquaGuard Foundation Solutions can provide you with a quality solution. Call or email us for a free quote to install a crawl space dehumidifier in your home today! We service the Georgia area, including Stone Mountain, Alpharetta, Lawrenceville, Sandy Springs, Athens, Gainesville, Roswell, Norcross and nearby.