Where should a dehumidifier be placed in a crawl space?

A dehumidifier should be placed in a location where the discharged airflow is not obstructed and can be easily emptied. Keep in mind that certain dehumidifiers can be noisy, so keep that in mind before installing one in a location where noise might be an issue.

Will a dehumidifier dry out crawl space?

For a tiny crawl area, a large room dehumidifier will suffice, but for a larger one, you may need to rent a commercial-grade device. Set the dehumidifier to 30 to 45 percent humidity and leave it running for several hours before checking the space. It may take eight to ten hours to dry a moist crawl area.

Can crawl space humidity be too low?

It’s uncommon to see crawl space wood moisture levels that are too low, but it might happen when a dehumidifier’s setting is so low that it overdries wood in the region.

Do dehumidifiers use a lot of electricity?

The energy consumption of a dehumidifier is quite minimal. A tiny 30-pint dehumidifier consumes 300W of power. … A dehumidifier uses significantly less electricity than a water heater, air conditioner, or even a hair dryer. A dehumidifier uses roughly the same amount of electricity as a computer.

How long do crawl space dehumidifiers last?

In general, refrigerant types have a lengthy lifespan, lasting for years before finally failing. A good unit should last at least a year, but it depends on the make and quality, as some can survive up to five years.

Is encapsulating a crawl space a good idea?

Moisture in your crawl area will only wreak havoc on your home’s structure over time. The vapor in your crawl space has the potential to destroy your house’s timber framing and flooring. Moisture is kept out of the crawl area by encasing it. Encapsulation also aids in the prevention of hazardous pests such as termites.

How long does crawl space encapsulation last?

For a normal crawlspace encapsulation project, most companies will provide a warranty of 15 to 20 years. A fully sealed crawlspace, on the other hand, can last for more than 20 years if humidity levels are managed and no catastrophic occurrences, such as floods, occur.

Does homeowners insurance cover crawl space encapsulation?

Even if your homeowners insurance doesn’t cover crawl space encapsulation, it can be a beneficial investment. It’s a measure that can make it harder for standing water to form in the first place, as well as make it easier to remove water that does pool in your home’s foundation.

Is crawl space encapsulation tax deductible?

You can deduct this as an improvement. Similarly, if you enclose the crawl space to give extra storage for your tenants, or if you install a dehumidifier to improve the air quality for them.

How does a crawl space dehumidifier drain?

To keep the crawl area or basement dry, most dehumidifiers need to be emptied every day. If they don’t, they’ll overflow and the device will shut off.

Does crawl space encapsulation add value to home?

Whether you’re considering crawl space encapsulation because you have standing water under your house, have heard it will save you money on heating and cooling, or are concerned about the detrimental impacts of poor air quality, encapsulating your crawl space will raise the value of your home.

Do you need to ventilate an encapsulated crawl space?

For every 50 square feet of crawl area, install a foundation vent fan that moves 1 CFM of air. … Insulation and air sealing are also important aspects of crawl space encapsulation.

Where does the water go in a dehumidifier?

Most dehumidifiers employ cold metal tubes to convert water vapor from a gas to liquid water, similar to how a cold drink accumulates condensation from the surrounding air. This “condensate” is then collected in a bucket or drained out via a hose.

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Servicing Columbia, SC and Nearby Cities

Crawl space repaircrawl space encapsulation, and foundation repairs are all services offered by Attic & Crawl Space Solutions in Columbia, SC and the surrounding regions to alleviate moisture and fungi concerns.


Related Services in Columbia, SC

Please find a list of our most often requested services below. We can help if your crawl area is flooded due to a lack of a french drain or sump pump. We’ll make sure your crawl space stays clean, dry, and healthy if you require fungi removal due to excessive humidity levels.

Contact Information

Phone: 803-310-6330

Business Hours:

Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sat-Sun: Closed



Crawl Space Vapor Barrier Installation

Installing a crawl space vapor barrier in the crawl area is a cost-effective solution to moisture management issues. Vapor barriers in the crawl space are used to prevent moisture, water, and damp air from entering the home via the floor. This helps to avoid the growth of fungi and mildew, which may cause structural damage and make living circumstances uncomfortable for your family!

Crawl Fungi Cleaning

One of the most critical tasks in resolving moisture management issues is to remove fungi from the crawl space. Fungi may rapidly become a serious problem in a house, and those who act immediately to clean up and remediate the situation will have a better chance of preventing it from spreading. You will save time and money if you remove the fungi before it spreads throughout your house.

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