How water vapor affects crawlspaces in Sylmar and Menifee

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 by Jennifer Ohlsson

How water vapor affects crawlspaces in Sylmar and Menifee - Image 1Many crawlspaces under home here in Southern California have dirt floors. Customers who own these homes know all too well how moisture affects not only this area, but others throughout the home. If your crawlspace develops mold, a bad odor, or experience structural problems, it's only a matter of time before they spread to the rest of your home. It's easy to call a professional out to fix the problem, but you should know what caused it to begin with.

The block wall in a raised foundation is pourous, letting in damp air like a sponge. The stacked blocks for a sort of honeycomb of hollow cavities for air to pass. It isn't necessarily water that damages a dirt crawlspace, but the water VAPOR that passes through. Warm air, like that found in Sylmar, Menifee, Santa Monica, and other areas of California, holds more moisture than cold. The average dirt crawlspace is 55 degrees, the temperature of the earth year-round. When the warm air comes into a crawlspace, it is cooled, causing the relative humidity to rise. This causes rot, mold, energy loss, and attracts pests like rats, bugs, and opossums. 

Are you or any family members experiencing asthma or 'allergy' symptoms? Your crawlspace could be to blame. You're breathing the air that comes up into your home from your crawlspace. New air must replace the old air in the space. Did you know that about half of the air in a home escapes each hour out of the upper levels? This creates suction at the lower levels.

Don't let your crawlspace suck the life from your home and your quality of living. Call Saber for a free inspection of any problems you may be having and have your estimate of the best solution the same day!


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