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newhomeownr

07:47AM | 10/04/02
Member Since: 10/03/02
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I am a newbie at home ownership so please bear with me. When my home inspector went into our crawl space it was completely sealed up (including vents), he stated that this is a good thing. I have speaking to others that state the opposite. Can someone let me know which way is correct? Do I need to open the vent up, and why would it be closed in the first place? The house is in Northern VA and is around 15 yrs old. Any help that I can get would be appreciated.

rpxlpx

09:36AM | 10/04/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
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Many people say that the vents should be kept closed to prevent warm, moist air from entering the crawl space, cooling down, and depositing condensation. (I agree.) The condensation can cause a variety of problems from mold/mildew to damaging the insulation. That's in summer.
In winter, it's good to keep it closed up to help the house stay warm.
You should help the crawl space stay dry by layng down a layer of plastic on the ground, if it doesn't already have one. A tremendous amount of moisture comes up from the ground if not prevented from doing so, making the crawl space humid.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited October 04, 2002).]

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