Having issues with moisture in your crawl space? If so, you’re probably looking for solutions to the problem, and one of the solutions you may be considering is installing a crawl space dehumidifier. At Crawlspace Medic®, we sometimes hear from homeowners wondering whether or not installing a crawl space dehumidifier in Charleston will help with their moisture problem.
Many crawl spaces in Charleston are prone to moisture and often benefit from having a dehumidifier installed, especially homes that have serious moisture concerns. However, before you install a crawl space dehumidifier, you’ll want to explore the alternatives.
When to Install a Crawl Space Dehumidifier in Charleston
The two most common ways to control moisture in crawl spaces are vapor barriers and ventilation systems. If your crawl space is suffering from excess moisture, we suggest having an inspection performed to see if you need a new vapor barrier.
In other cases, the reason you may want to avoid a dehumidifier is even more straightforward: it may not completely solve your problem. For example, if your crawl space has drainage issues that are causing water to puddle in one part of your crawl space, you won’t fix the issue with a dehumidifier.
But what about cases where a crawl space dehumidifier should be installed?
Generally speaking, we suggest installing a dehumidifier when the problem in your crawl space is related to water vapor, not pooling water. These vapors come from the ground, outside air and duct work.
We will always recommend installing a dehumidifier in combination with sealing your crawl space. This is is referred to as an encapsulation system. In this case, a dehumidifier can then be used to control humidity and keep moisture at a safe level for the long term.
If you think that your crawl space might need a dehumidifier, we suggest calling the team at Crawlspace Medic®. We can perform an inspection of your crawl space to see if a dehumidifier is necessary and provide you with a detailed quote for having one installed. We perform inspections and installations throughout the Charleston area, including Mt Pleasant, James Island, North Charleston,and Summerville.
To install a crawl space dehumidifier in Charleston or request a crawl space inspection, call Crawlspace Medic® at (803) 851-5963 today!