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The humidity is 85 percent under this home, creating water droplets on floor joists and soaking insulation. If not addressed properly, this will cause mold growth and wood rot!
This hygrometer displays the relative humidity and temperature of the air outside the home. The top number shows the relative humidity, while the bottom number shows the temperature in Fahrenheit.
As you can see from this hygrometer, the temperature is much lower than the outside air, but the humidity is about 20 percentage points higher (85% under the house compared to 65.2% in the outside air). As a result, the air inside this crawl space feels more like what one would find in a tropical rain forest, as opposed to West Virginia air. Over time, the wood would rot under this home from the extreme humidity in the summer. (The top number shows the relative humidity, while the bottom number shows the temperature in Fahrenheit.)
Because of the excess humidity in this crawl space, the insulation has become wet and begins to fall from between the floor joists rendering it useless in the winter. The cinder blocks also do not appear to provide the best support.
The excess humidity in this crawl space has made the insulation wet, causing it to become heavy and fall from between the floor joists. Not only does this insulation trap moisture against the floor joists, but with the insulation falling, the living space above can feel uncomfortable and make the HVAC work much harder to keep the air properly conditioned.
Here you can see how the extreme moisture in this crawl space is being absorbed by the insulation.
An inspection of this crawl space shows moisture just about everywhere. There are signs of water entering the crawl space from the ground but also from the foundation walls. Contact us today for a FREE, no-obligation estimate to make sure that you do not have the same issue happening below your home!
Many crawl spaces are nasty areas, with insulation falling down and musty or moldy air. Between one-third and one-half of the air that enters a home comes from down below. After seeing these pictures, would you like to fill your living space with air from this crawl space?
Standing water is one of the signs of a crawl space with a moisture problem.
Basement Systems of West Virginia recently inspected a home in Winchester, Va. The pictures illustrate how hot and humid air from the outside can mix with the air in a crawl space under a home, increasing humidity to the point that water actually forms on floor joists and soaks insulation. The time to have your crawl space inspected is now -- when the temperatures and humidity are high.