Damp Basement or Crawl Space

A damp basement or crawl space can cause a multitude of problems in your home as the moisture evaporates. Some of the problems this can cause is increased indoor humidity which can promote the growth of mold or cause your air conditioner to work harder to cool your home. Crawl space encapusalation is the solution most people think of to solve this problem, but it is an expensive proposition. Often there are other more affordable solutions to your home's moisture issues. Identifying the cause of a damp basement or crawl space requires a trained professional to analyze your home as a system, from there you can start to develop the most cost effective solution. We recommend working with a building scientist that is trained by the Building Performance Institute like we have on staff to solve this issue.

Issues include uninsulated ducts in crawlspace that will sweat

Some things to consider when trying to fix a damp basement or crawl space

  • Do you have a ventilated crawl space? Do you have a vapor barrier?
  • Have you located the source of the moisture?
  • Are ducts in your crawl space sufficiently insulated?
  • Have you found all of the issues this excess moisture has caused elsewhere in the home?
  • Which crawl space encapsulation system is right for your home?

Contact your local Elm Energy Group office to discuss your damp basement or crawl space and the many solutions out there. It's your first and best step toward having a high performance home.

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