Sub floor ventilation is a type of home ventilation that is used to properly aerate the subfloors of houses. It is beneficial in that it helps fight against foul odor, condensation, dampness and mold. Also, it does help against keeping termites away. The mistake many people make is focusing more on ventilation within the house and forgetting other parts of the house.
There is no doubt than an internal ventilation system does help in keeping the air clean and preventing asthmatic attacks, but it is not enough to reach the subfloors of the house. However, the dampness from the subfloors can rise up and cause problems in the rest of the house. If a wet subfloor is your problem, then boosting your indoor ventilation will not help.
How It Works
Sub floor ventilation work in just the same way roof ventilation would. They suck out the damp air accumulating in the sub floor and replace it with clean dry air. The whole system consists of air ducts, fans and vents. Some even come with sound proof ducting that minimizes the noise that the system makes.
Why You Need It
If you live in an area that experiences a lot of storms then installing a subfloor ventilation system will benefit you. The reason for this is because once the storms pass, they leave behind very damp soil. The soil underneath your subfloors is also affected. If there is nothing pulling out the moisture that is accumulating then it will begin to form a conducive environment for mold, mildew and termites to thrive in. The fact that there is no light in your subfloor will make it easy for termites to settle in, and the next thing you know your wood will be compromised as they begin to eat it. The only way you can get rid of termites is by ensuring that your subfloor and other parts of your house remain dry throughout.
Mold is another problem that you will have to deal with. If you are already dealing with recurring mold and you haven’t checked out your subfloor then now would be the time to do so. You would be surprised to know that your mold problem could easily be cleared with the help of a little bit of fresh air. Mold not only poses a risk for those with sensitive respiratory systems but can also cause discoloration in your homes. Not only will you be fixing the current mold problem but you will also be preventing any future reoccurrences. The same can be said for your termite and sagging floor problem.
Consult with a ventilation expert who can best advice you on what kind of ventilation systems would suit your home best. Most experts will pay your home a visit and will ask to look around. They may also ask you a few questions. They may need to measure the amount of dampness present in your home. The ventilation system he or she may recommend will be the one most suitable for you.