Airflow is the key factor in drying crawl spaces. By
moving just-evaporated moisture away from the surface,
additional evaporation (drying) occurs faster.
Temperature also contributes to drying a crawl space
effectively. Warmer air has a greater capacity to absorb
moisture than cooler air. As temperatures increase,
airflow helps warmer/drier air replace cool/damp air
- speeding up the drying process.
Dehumidification is another process that assists in
drying crawl spaces. It is extremely effective in drying
indoor environments because the drying chamber is closed
and humid air cannot enter from the outside environment.
With crawl spaces, extra precautions are needed to limit
outside air from introducing humidity back into the
In some cases, access to the crawl space is restrictive
and may limit the size of the equipment that can be
used. In situations like these, mitigation professionals
may choose to use only airflow with or without heat
to dry a crawl space. The specific procedures to dry
a crawl space vary from building to building, depending
on the conditions found at the scene. Professional mitigation
companies, such as PuroClean, will use their experience
and industry training to effectively dry crawl spaces
in all situations.
If there is a reoccurring problem, several additional
steps may be taken, such as:
o Installing block vents to increase airflow
o Installing exhaust fans to help circulate air and
bring in drier outside air (these can include humidity-sensor
switches to automatically activate when needed)
o In certain situations, some industry experts recommend
fully containing the crawl space, adding insulation,
and including it in the air-conditioned space of the
In the event a crawl space becomes wet, it is important
for property owners to know what to do and who to contact.
PuroClean, known as the Paramedics of Property Damage™,
is a professional mitigation company. It specializes
in property remediation after a structure sustains any
kind of water damage. PuroClean Franchisees are also
highly skilled in the removal of microbial growth caused
by humid conditions. If any area of a building becomes
wet, it is imperative to seek a professional restoration
company such as PuroClean to prevent further damage
and to bring the structure back to its original condition.
Regardless of the circumstances - dealing with water
damage, fire/smoke damage, mold, or biohazard remediation
- call PuroClean Home Rescue (866-722-7876), the Paramedics
of Property Damage. For all property damage situations,
these professionals are standing by. They will mitigate
the loss to prevent further damage and will then provide
restoration services to return the property to a pre-loss
condition as quickly as possible. PuroClean Home Rescue
has well-trained professional technicians who provide
the latest state-of-the-science services to all property
damaged from water, fire, smoke, mold and other disasters.