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    Default Moisture level in Crawlspace

    Is anyone aware of the "allowed" moisture level in a vented crawlspace in North Carolina? I would appreciate a reply as soon as someone is available. I have not been measuring a moisture level. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny O'Donovan View Post
    Is anyone aware of the "allowed" moisture level in a vented crawlspace in North Carolina? I would appreciate a reply as soon as someone is available. I have not been measuring a moisture level. Thank you.
    I don't know why you would be measuring moisture levels unless your thought it was a problem.

    A few questions about what type of moisture levels:

    Wood?

    Concrete?

    The ground?

    RH of the air?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Patterson View Post
    RH of the air?

    My guess would be the RH of the air, which should be close to, and probably slightly more than, the air outside the crawlspace (unless it was raining or has recently rained, in which case the air outside the crawlspace probably has a higher RH.

    Now, if there is a moisture related problem, then regardless of what it is, it is "too high", the solution would be to find the cause the make corrections based on that.

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    Thank you. It is the RH that is being measured and the stat is set at 50 and will turn off when adjusted to 65. I am suspicious that there was a "previous problem". The ground under the vapor barrier is completely dry and there is no sign of any moisture on the wood framing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny O'Donovan View Post
    It is the RH that is being measured and the stat is set at 50 and will turn off when adjusted to 65.

    You have a dehumidifier in the crawl space?

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    Default Re: Moisture level in Crawlspace

    No, Jerry.


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    Default Re: Moisture level in Crawlspace

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny O'Donovan View Post
    The ground under the vapor barrier is completely dry and there is no sign of any moisture on the wood framing.
    Danny, if dry and no sign of moisture that means no existing problems, we cannot trace back the history. Then check any vents.

    When you see the case as shown in my photos, that is a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny O'Donovan View Post
    It is the RH that is being measured and the stat is set at 50 and will turn off when adjusted to 65.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    You have a dehumidifier in the crawl space?
    Quote Originally Posted by Danny O'Donovan View Post
    No, Jerry.

    Danny,

    Now I am really confused.

    What humidistat on what turns off when adjusted to 65?

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    You are not being real clear. I am guessing there is a humidistat controlled ventilation system. Difficult to offer help when the information provided is incomplete.

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    Try this website. They have a great amount of information on crawl space environments. They are out of NC.

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    Thanks to everyone. I appreciate the help. Thanks especially to Scott for the link to the website. It is invaluable. Danny.


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