I did an addition and now that the plumbing is done, trying to get the
walls up. As part of the addition, I have a crawl space and two
storeys above it.
Water leaks into the crawl space and lately its been better. Because
this added part is not heated, there is condensation and the humidity
from crawl space does not help.
I want to get the walls up and am worried that if I put the insulation
on and put the walls up, will have mold problems. The walls seem to be
Other than just running the dehumidifier all the time and heat, is
there some other alternative one can suggest or is this the best
Where are you located , what will happen this spring and summmer with
water leaking in when its the wet season- all spring and summer.
Condensation is at the coldest area, insulation will stop it if its
not the coldest area. I think you have a big problem with water.
Right, but in the future, after I put up the insulation and the
drywall, would the moisture inside have any place to escape?
If, yes during the summer months, then I can gladly go ahead.
I was thinking may be I should just warm up the place for 2-3 days ,
the put insulation and drywall on. Would that help?
The moisture with either escape - in which case you're golden, or the cavity
is hermetically sealed - in which case you're also golden.
Warming it up will increase the moisture level (warm air holds more water
vapor than cold air).
When you say 'water leaks' do you mean water from the sides comming in? If
so, you need to grade the woutside better. This usually involves digging
down and pouring a cement footer. How deep and wide, will depend on the
code in your area as well as how deep the crawlspace is. I believe it's
supposed to go about 1 foot deeper than the bottom of the crawlspace?
Walls along the crawlspace right? Footer most likely. If there are no
pipes/electrial etc along there, you can dig this out yourself but we
contracted ours out. Suprisingly, it didnt cost that much.
Both are fix-gaps and not really suitable for long term damp control.
You need a vapor barrier along the top of the crawlspace then seal the sides
down underground with a proper footer. You *may* depening on the lay of the
land, need some landscaping or retainer. On our footer, its raised about 3
inches then a decorative tile (faux brick) is on it with makes a nice ledge
for container plants along the back side where we needed that.
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