Sometimes, homeowners will ask our team at Crawlspace Medic® if they need a crawl space dehumidifier. Since many homes in Charlotte suffer from humid crawl spaces, it seems like the obvious solution is to install a dehumidifier. But the answer really depends on what the problem is that you are trying to solve.
While some crawl spaces will benefit from having a dehumidifier installed, there may be other ways to solve your moisture issues. Also, it’s important to know which kinds of moisture issues a dehumidifier can actually solve and which ones it can’t.
When to Install a Crawl Space Dehumidifier in Charlotte
The main thing to consider before installing a dehumidifier in Charlotte: Is the problem fixable with a dehumidifier?
Let’s look at this in a little more detail.
First let’s consider the matter of whether a dehumidifier will actually solve the issue in your crawl space. It’s important to remember that a dehumidifier isn’t a blanket solution to all moisture issues. As its name implies, it can solve moisture problems related to humidity. But if your crawl space has a drainage problem that causes areas of pooling water, a dehumidifier will do little to address this issue, so you’ll need a different solution.
However, if your crawl space is suffering from excess humidity, and if a vapor barrier isn’t enough to solve the problem, that’s the point where a crawl space dehumidifier would become a necessity.
At Crawlspace Medic®, we will typically recommend installing a dehumidifier in conjunction with an encapsulation system. Crawl space encapsulation involves sealing off the entire crawl space using polyethylene sheeting to prevent water vapor from getting inside. Typically, a dehumidifier will then be used to control any moisture that finds its way into the encapsulated area.
To find out if you need a dehumidifier in your crawl space, call Crawlspace Medic® today to request an inspection and quote. Our services are available throughout the Charlotte, Matthews, and Rock Hill areas.
Request a quote on a crawl space dehumidifier in Charlotte by calling Crawlspace Medic® at (704) 612-0910 today.