Amy Prochnau

08:34AM | 06/20/03
Member Since: 06/19/03
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I just bought a small house in rainy Seattle. The crawl space underneath is dry, but the house inspector said there aren't enough vents per square foot. Who do I hire to install these vents? Do some people do this themselves?

Ventilation needs to be added to the garage as well. The air is stagnant and slight molding has just started to appear at the top of the ceiling. Whom do I hire to install vents in the garage?


04:54PM | 06/22/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Greetings Amy,

Added ventilation is frequently required when more insulation is added to an older home. So I'd guess an insulation company (or a handyman) would be a good place to start. Really the ventilation is not rocket science; they're basically holes covered with grilles. The grilles are of course cosmetic, but also important to keep out insects, rodentia, etc.


10:11AM | 07/10/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
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I just sold a house that the inspector told the people to seal the crawl space up. He then said to get a dehumidifier and pump the water up to a drain if you have to. I think he also said something about opening up some ductwork underneath the house to heat and cool under there all year long. You may want to ask about that route also. I think the reason he said that is because you don't want that humidity under your house. I would assume the humidity is the same in Seattle as in Michigan. Good luck.


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