Dehumidifiers for Basements & Crawl Spaces in NC & SC
Permanent Basement & Dehumidifier Dehumidifiers
Smart moisture control in your basement and crawl space involves a combination of strategies. In addition to basement waterproofing, a crawl space vapor barrier, or crawl space encapsulation, your Carolina Foundation Solutions technician may recommend installing a dehumidifier. Waterproofing will prevent water from leaking into your basement or crawl space, but the air in these spaces can still be saturated with moisture.
Both North Carolina and South Carolina experience extremely humid weather, which wreaks havoc on your basement and crawl space. As the Carolinas’ Waterproofing Specialist, Carolina Foundation Solutions is your resource for combating the humidity commonly found in the Carolinas’ basements and crawl spaces. We proudly serve the NC Triad, NC Triangle, Upstate South Carolina, Western North Carolina, and Charlotte Metro.
For a whole basement dehumidifier or crawl space dehumidifier, trust Carolina Foundation Solutions to provide expert moisture control. Call (877) 770-7050 or contact us online for a free quote on a dehumidifier.
Moisture Problems in Basements
If you have a basement, you know from experience that they are prone to challenges with moisture. Over 60% of homes in the U.S. with basements suffer from problems caused by water and excess moisture. Even if you don’t have water leaking into your basement, high air humidity levels can spell trouble for your wood floors, carpet, walls, and belongings. Moisture in the air also promotes mold and mildew growth, which poses a health hazard for your household.
To keep your basement in good condition and your indoor air quality clean, it’s necessary to actively reduce the moisture in the air. Fortunately, this can be easily achieved through the use of a dehumidifier.
Dehumidifiers work by extracting moisture from the air around them. They do this by pulling in air, forcing it over extremely cold coils, extracting the resulting moisture, and then pushing the drier air back out into the environment. In your basement, a dehumidifier can significantly lower humidity levels. Once you set a target humidity level, the dehumidifier will circulate until it reaches that level. When more moisture enters the air, it will activate once more to reduce humidity levels and keep them at the target.
Most people feel comfortable indoors when the humidity is between 30% and 50%. You should try to keep your basement at 50% humidity or lower, since mold likes to grow when the humidity level is 60% or higher.
Crawl Space Dehumidifiers
Crawl spaces are another area of the home that often suffers from excess moisture. Consistently high humidity levels in your crawl space can cause mold, pests, rust, wood rot, and structural damage. Along with a vapor barrier or crawl space encapsulation, a dehumidifier is a smart option to control moisture in your crawl space and protect your home.
Considerations for Dehumidifiers
Installing a permanent basement dehumidifier is not as simple as placing a standard home dehumidifier in your basement. Basement dehumidifier systems are designed to tackle the unique challenges presented by a cool, damp environment. Here are some considerations to take into account when purchasing a basement dehumidifier:
- Temperature limits: Typical home dehumidifiers are only effective at temperatures above 65 degrees. Basements are often cooler than that, so a basement dehumidifier is specially designed to work in lower temperatures.
- Automatic draining: When a regular home dehumidifier becomes full of water, it stops running and alerts you that it needs to be emptied. It often does this through the use of beeps or flashing indicator lights. However, most people don’t spend a lot of time in their basements and don’t enjoy a constant need to check and empty their dehumidifier. Many permanent basement dehumidifiers can be set up to drain automatically into your sump pump or a floor drain, or by pumping the water upward to a sink drain.
- Capacity: A dehumidifier’s capacity is rated by how many pints of water it will remove from the air over a 24-hour period. This is reflected in “PPD,” or pints per day. A dehumidifier intended for use in a regular room in your house might be rated at 25-30 PPD. Basement dehumidifiers need to be high-capacity to combat the extreme humidity levels found in basements. Ideally, this means a rating of 50-95 PPD.
Basement & Crawl space Dehumidifiers From Carolina Foundation Solutions
At Carolina Foundation Solutions, we carry the Aprilaire 1850, a reliable, high-strength dehumidifier with a capacity of 95 PPD. This powerful unit is simple to use and requires minimal maintenance — just a filter change and cleaning once per year. The Aprilaire 1850 is proudly designed and built to last in the U.S. and is backed by a five-year warranty. For your convenience, it can be ducted into your HVAC system when possible. The professionals at Carolina Foundation Solutions can evaluate your basement or crawl space and install the Aprilaire 1850 with the best setup for your needs.
Choose Carolina Foundation Solutions for Moisture Control in Your Charlotte, NC Home!
Carolina Foundation Solutions provides the highest degree of customer service and professionalism found within the basement and crawl space repair and waterproofing industry. We use only the most reliable systems and products available, which are installed by dedicated and trained professionals. Our technicians will expertly install your new dehumidifier, then set it up to run smoothly and keep the area dry and free of mold and mildew. Call today to transform your basement from a damp, musty hazard into a space that is pleasant to be in or safe to store belongings.