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Don’t Let Humidity Ruin Your Home This Summer


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The Southern United States is known for its hot and humid summers, which can negatively impact your homes’ crawl spaces, slabs, and basements. In this article, we will explore how summer humidity (moisture) can adversely affect these areas of a home and discuss potential solutions.

Crawl spaces are often found in homes built on a raised foundation. During the summer, hot and humid air can enter the crawl space through vents, and moisture can accumulate. This excess moisture can lead to mold growth, which can cause health problems for you and your family. Additionally, high humidity levels can cause wood rot and damage to the structural integrity of the home’s wooden supports.

One solution to this problem is to install an encapsulation system in your crawl space. This system prevents moisture from seeping into the crawl space. Vents are also sealed to avoid moisture entering the same area.

Slab foundations are becoming increasingly popular in the Southern United States, but they are not immune to the adverse effects of summer weather. High humidity levels can cause moisture to accumulate in the soil beneath the slab, leading to slab heave. Slab heave is when the soil beneath the slab expands, causing the slab to lift and potentially crack. This heave can cause significant damage to the home’s foundation and require costly repairs.

One solution to this problem is stabilizing the soil with a polyurethane injection. This injection helps soil build resistance against water. On the other hand, if the heave damage is severe, it may be necessary to drain your foundation or repair it entirely.

Basements are often found in homes in the Northern United States, but they can also be found in some homes in the Southern United States. During the summer, high humidity levels can cause moisture to accumulate in the basement. This moisture can lead to mold growth, which can cause health problems for you or your family. Additionally, moisture from the humidity can cause wood rot and damage to the structural integrity of the home’s wooden supports.

One solution to this problem is to install a professional dehumidifier in the basement. This appliance removes excess moisture from the air, preventing mold growth and reducing the risk of wood rot. Additionally, a sump pump is installed to remove excess water from the basement and install an interior drainage system.

To complement these specific solutions, you can take some general steps to prevent the harmful effects of summer weather on your home. These steps include:

  1. Regular maintenance: Regular inspections and maintenance can help identify and address any issues before they become serious problems.
  2. Proper ventilation: Proper ventilation can help prevent excess moisture from accumulating in your home. This can be achieved by using exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens and opening windows and doors when weather permits.
  3. Proper drainage: Proper drainage around the home can help prevent water from accumulating near the foundation. This can be achieved through gutters, downspouts, and soil grading away from your home’s foundation.

In conclusion, summer weather in the Southern United States can harm your homes’ crawl spaces, slabs, and basements. However, some solutions can be implemented to prevent these adverse effects. First, you should take proactive steps to maintain your home and prevent excess moisture from accumulating in these areas. By doing so, you can protect your home from costly repairs and ensure the health and safety of your family.

Call Carolina Foundation Solutions at (877) 883-4626 or visit carolinafoundation.com to schedule a free evaluation from one of our Technical Specialists to keep your home in the best possible condition this summer.

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