Why Is It Important To Control The Humidity In Your Basement Or Crawlspace?
Water is a driving force for all living things. It is needed by all living things to survive, whether they absorb it or drink it. Heck, our bodies are 60% water. It's easy to say water is the focal point of ecosystems all around the world. H20 is a wonderful thing.
But there is one place you don't want an ecosystem or traces of water, and that is in your basement or crawlspace.
Why is it important to control the moisture in your basement or crawlspace?
-First, most homes are constructed of organic materials like wood. Moisture can cause dry rot or decay to wood, which can weaken it.
-Moisture invites structure-damaging insects.
-Moisture can cause metals to corrode, causing them to lose structural integrity over time.
-Stored paper goods and clothing can become mildewed and stained when the relative humidity rises above 60 percent.
-In summer, excess relative humidity (RH) causes your AC to work harder than needed.
-When there's high RH, siding and other building materials soak up higher-than-normal moisture, causing the paint to peel from siding and exterior trim.
-High relative humidity allows mold and dust mites to thrive, which can worsen respiratory problems, such as asthma and allergies.
Mold accumulates in basements or crawlspaces if the RH is high. At Erickson Foundation Solutions we recommend testing your basement or crawlspace for high relative humidity. If you want to negate the growth of mold spores or mold itself we recommended installing a high-strength dehumidifier into your basement or crawlspace.
At EFS we offer two high-strength dehumidifiers:
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