Importance of Crawl Space Ventilation
Crawl Space Ventilation is very important to making sure that your pier and beam foundation stays dry. If all of the soil beneath the foundation swells uniformly or shrinks uniformly, it is unlikely to cause a problem. But when only part of the foundation heaves or settles, differential movement causes cracks, wood rot and other damage to an understructure. The right amount of hydration is very important.
One of the best ways to ensure that the moisture content under your pier and beam foundation stays consistent is by checking the efficiency of your vents. These vents allow outside air to circulate through the understructure to prevent the moisture buildup. Another alternative to promote adequate crawl space ventilation is by installing a humidistat fan. It will monitor the moisture and temperature levels under your house and keep the levels consistent to be in order to prevent foundation movement.
If you think that your foundation is moving or has ventilation issues, MBRGFR.com inspects both slab and pier and beam foundations. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at our office (817) 469-1090