Tips to get a head start on the upcoming damp and humid season.
Do you find yourself fighting interior water and moisture problems every spring and summer?
Are you tired of wet or damp, moldy and smelly basements and crawl spaces?
Do you find it hard to find optimal comfort levels in the warm season?
Obviously, insulation is a very important aspect of your home’s health and comfort throughout the heating and cooling season, but homeowners are often unaware that wet, damp or humid areas in your home can contribute to poor indoor air quality and discomfort throughout the home. Below are some easy and inexpensive tips for drying out your home without drying up your wallet!
The Exterior Drainage Puzzle
Grading – A quick assessment of the perimeter exterior will give you a good indication of where any interior problems originate. It is essential that you have proper drainage which means that the ground should have a slight grade away from your foundation. This aspect of proper drainage control is very often overlooked.
Clean Gutters – Another piece of the drainage puzzle is properly functioning gutters. Installing gutters if you don’t have them and keeping them clear of debris is one of the most effective ways to ensure you don’t have excess water penetrating your foundation. You would be surprised at how many homes can solve the bulk of their water problems just by cleaning the years of packed leaves from their gutters!
The Interior Moisture Control Puzzle
Crawl Space Vapor Barrier – Does your crawl space have a durable vapor barrier liner on the floor that is properly sealed? Properly sealed crawl space liners not only prevent mold causing moisture from entering your crawl space from the floor, but can also act as an effective radon gas barrier.
Dehumidify – A properly sized dehumidifier provides appropriate dehumidification and in turn is a reliable way to defend against mold and air quality issues. Proper humidity levels will also ensure a comfortable living space. Often times, by lowering the humidity level, you can increase your home’s comfort without lowering the temperature. This means that if you don’t have air conditioning in your home, you can achieve a higher level of comfort in the summer months just by lowering humidity. A home with an indoor temperature in the upper 70’s with lower humidity will feel much more comfortable than a home with an indoor temperature in the lower 70’s with higher humidity.
Check your attic – The attic is a good place to inspect if summer comfort has been elusive in your home. It’s easy for an attic to reach temperatures in the 140’s in the summer! While proper insulation plays a big role in your comfort levels throughout the year, proper ventilation will go a long way in preventing your attic from overheating. This is especially important if you are cooling your air.
Check your HVAC system – If you have an HVAC system, now is a great time to change your filters and check for leaky ducts.
We hope these tips are helpful!
With hundreds of remediated crawl spaces and basements under our belt, Spray Foam Technologies has been the area’s expert in insulation and moisture control for over 20 years. If you’d like Spray Foam Technologies to come out for a free Spring Home Health Check Up to help you identify the areas of your home that need to be addressed so you can have optimal home health and comfort, give us a call to schedule a time that is convenient for you. We look forward to speaking with you!