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Wet, Damp, or Humid Crawlspace Problems in PA

Damp Crawlspace Problems in PA

If you have moisture problems in your crawlspace, you are not alone. Many homeowners in Pennsylvania and in other states deal with crawlspace moisture every day. Some of the most common signs that there is a moisture problem in your crawl space include:

There are, however, a few different things that you can do to prevent water from entering your crawlspace and causing problems such as mold growth and musty odors.

The first solution is to install a crawlspace vapor barrier. The installation of a vapor barrier is known as crawlspace encapsulation since the vapor barrier is installed like a lining all along the interior surface of the crawlspace. Vapor barriers not only seal cracks in your crawlspace walls to prevent water from leaking through them, but they also prevent water vapor from seeping through the concrete, since the vapor cannot diffuse through the barrier.

Dehumidification can also help to reduce moisture levels in your crawlspace. Here at Matthews, we offer Santa Fe Dehumidifiers to prevent high crawlspace humidity from causing mold growth or wood rot. If the moisture in your crawlspace has started to deteriorate the crawlspace columns and supports, you may even need to invest in crawlspace piering options.

Causes of Wet and Damp Crawlspaces in Pennsylvania

The causes of crawlspace problems are usually related to large amounts of water collecting around your foundation. There are a few specific issues that can cause moisture to appear in your crawlspace:

  • Poor Drainage/Surface Water: If the drainage systems around your home (especially the exterior drainage system) do not function properly, it may cause water to build up around your foundation. Pooling water in your yard can also be the result of gutters, downspouts, or grading that do not dump water out far enough from your foundation. 
  • Groundwater Seepage: If there is a large concentration of water in the soil around your home, some of that moisture may seep through the porous concrete of your crawlspace walls and lead to serious moisture issues. Groundwater also increases the hydrostatic pressure in the soil. This pressure puts stress on your foundation and can lead to cracks, which create a great entry point for moisture.
  • Crawlspace Vents: The vents in your crawlspace can also let moisture into the home. As air from outdoors enters your home through the crawlspace vent, it cools down. The cooled air cannot hold as much moisture, which means that the humidity in the crawlspace will increase. High humidity in your crawl space creates a variety of moisture issues: mold growth, damp walls, condensation, etc.

To determine the best solution for the moisture problem in your crawlspace, consult the experts at Matthews Wall Anchor. We have the solutions to fit your Pennsylvania home and keep your crawlspace dry.

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