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Understanding Crawl Space Humidity in Arkansas

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When moist air enters a vented crawl space, condensation occurs on cool crawl space surfaces.

Crawl space humidity has been plaguing homes in Arkansas since the first day they were built.

As the humidity levels rise in crawl spaces, moisture condensates on the surfaces, leading to serious problems in your home. These problems can lead to health issues and the need for expensive repairs.

Most of the problems traditionally associated with damaged, rotting crawl spaces are due to basic flaws in the ways that crawl spaces were designed.

We offer free crawl space repair quotes in Little Rock, Fayetteville, Fort Smith and many areas nearby. To schedule your free appointment, call or e-mail us today!

illustration of air movement from a crawl space into the home

How Crawl Space Humidity Begins

When the frame of your home was first built, it was a large wooden box, with few, if any, holes in it.

Then came the other contractors. As plumbers, electricians, HVAC workers, and countless other professionals began to work in your home, they began to cut channels in your walls and floors. Pipes, wires, cables, ducts, and other things were passed through, and your home's construction was completed.

Then, over time, your home began to expand and contract. The once-tight seams began to warp slightly, and more crevices and openings appeared. There are a lot of openings that can develop between your first floor and your crawl space!

In your home, warm air rises, leaving through your attic and upper floors. As this happens, a vacuum is created on the lower floors. Air from the outside -- and from your crawl space -- is pulled upwards to fill the space.

If you have crawl space vents, they will also become part of the air movement in your home. As air is pulled out of the crawl space and up into the home, new air will be pulled in through these vents.

Here's the key point: If the air outside is wet or humid, then your crawl space vents are bringing in moisture.

mold and rot in a Fort Smith crawl space

Wood that stays damp in a dark crawl space is an ideal mold habitat. Eventually, mold causes wood decay that can destroy structural parts of the house.

What Humidity Does To A Crawl Space

Crawl space humidity leads to all of the following problems in your home:

As humidity builds in your crawl space, it creates an ideal space for mold and rot to grow.

As it does, all organic material in your crawl space will be damaged -- including wooden floorboards and structural support beams.

A rotting crawl space will begin to sag, creating uneven floors above. In some extreme cases, sections of the floor may even begin to cave in!

additionally, many pests (termites, carpenter ants, wood-eating beetles, crickets, et al.) love rotting, moldy wood. Your open vents will be an invitation for them to move in.

As the mold and rot increase, and animals begin to live (and die) in your crawl space, odors will begin to rise into your home along with the crawl space air. Mold spores are a known allergen, and they can significantly affect anyone in the home who suffers from asthma or allergies.

During the hot summer months, crawl space humidity will also increase your home's cooling bills. Have you ever seen water dripping from a window-mounted air conditioner? This is because a large part of the job of an air conditioner is to dehumidify the air it cools. Humid air is much more expensive to cool than dry air! And of course, that freezing cold winter air that enters through the crawl space vents isn't helping either....

Mold & Mildew Alert!

Mold needs three important things to survive:

  1. Warmth
  2. Moisture
  3. Food

Of these, the easiest to control in your home is moisture.

Controlling Crawl Space Humidity

Fortunately, controlling crawl space humidity is easy! At The Bug Man, a crew of our crawl space contractors can usually install a moisture control system in less than a day.

We recommend starting by sealing those crawl space vents, then following up by installing a crawl space vapor barrier on the walls and floors. A crawlspace dehumidifier is a great finishing touch, drying out the space and helping you to best preserve your home.

At The Bug Man, crawl space repair is our specialty, and we'd like to show you why we're the best. To help you decide which repairs are best for you, we offer free crawl space repair quotes to homeowners in our area.

We serve Arkansas, including El Dorado, Jacksonville, Texarkana, Russellville, Searcy, Van Buren, Paragould and many areas nearby. To schedule your free quote, contact us today!

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Serving AR including the Greater Little Rock area
Our Arkansas Service Area
Cities in Baxter County, AR
Big Flat
Clarkridge
Cotter
Gamaliel
Gassville
Henderson
Lakeview
Midway
Mountain Home
Norfork

Cities in Benton County, AR
Avoca
Bella Vista
Bentonville
Cave Springs
Centerton
Decatur
Garfield
Gateway
Gentry
Gravette
Hiwasse
Lowell
Maysville
Pea Ridge
Rogers
Siloam Springs
Sulphur Springs

Cities in Boone County, AR
Alpena
Bergman
Diamond City
Everton
Harrison
Lead Hill
Omaha
Valley Springs

Cities in Craighead County, AR
Bay
Black Oak
Bono
Brookland
Caraway
Cash
Egypt
Jonesboro
Lake City
Monette
State University

Cities in Crawford County, AR
Alma
Cedarville
Chester
Dyer
Mountainburg
Mulberry
Natural Dam
Rudy
Uniontown
Van Buren

Cities in Crittenden County, AR
Clarkedale
Crawfordsville
Earle
Edmondson
Gilmore
Marion
Proctor
Turrell
West Memphis

Cities in Faulkner County, AR
Conway
Enola
Greenbrier
Guy
Mayflower
Mount Vernon
Vilonia
Wooster

Cities in Garland County, AR
Hot Springs National Park
Hot Springs Village
Jessieville
Lonsdale
Mountain Pine
Pearcy
Royal

Cities in Greene County, AR
Beech Grove
Delaplaine
Lafe
Marmaduke
Paragould
Walcott

Cities in Hot Spring County, AR
Bismarck
Bonnerdale
Donaldson
Friendship
Jones Mill
Malvern

Cities in Independence County, AR
Batesville
Charlotte
Cord
Cushman
Desha
Floral
Locust Grove
Magness
Newark
Oil Trough
Pleasant Plains
Rosie
Salado
Sulphur Rock
Thida

Cities in Lawrence County, AR
Walnut Ridge

Cities in Lonoke County, AR
Austin
Cabot
Carlisle
Coy
England
Humnoke
Keo
Lonoke
Ward

Cities in Miller County, AR
Doddridge
Fouke
Garland City
Genoa
Texarkana

Cities in Mississippi County, AR
Armorel
Bassett
Blytheville
Burdette
Dell
Driver
Dyess
Etowah
Frenchmans Bayou
Gosnell
Joiner
Keiser
Leachville
Luxora
Manila
Osceola
West Ridge
Wilson

Cities in Pope County, AR
Atkins
Dover
Hector
London
Pottsville
Russellville
Tilly

Cities in Pulaski County, AR
College Station
Jacksonville
Little Rock
Little Rock Air Force Base
Maumelle
North Little Rock
Roland
Scott
Sherwood
Sweet Home
Woodson
Wrightsville

Cities in Saline County, AR
Alexander
Bauxite
Benton
Bryant
Hensley
Mabelvale
Paron
Traskwood

Cities in Sebastian County, AR
Barling
Fort Smith
Greenwood
Hackett
Hartford
Huntington
Lavaca
Midland

Cities in Union County, AR
Calion
El Dorado
Huttig
Junction City
Lawson
Mount Holly
Norphlet
Smackover
Strong

Cities in Washington County, AR
Canehill
Elkins
Elm Springs
Evansville
Farmington
Fayetteville
Goshen
Greenland
Johnson
Lincoln
Morrow
Prairie Grove
Springdale
Summers
Tontitown
West Fork
Winslow

Cities in White County, AR
Bald Knob
Beebe
Bradford
El Paso
Garner
Griffithville
Higginson
Judsonia
Kensett
Letona
Mc Rae
Pangburn
Romance
Rose Bud
Russell
Searcy
West Point

Our Locations:

The Bug Man
P.O. Box 1700
2700 Booker Street
Little Rock, AR 72203
1-501-764-3247
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