All You Need To Know About Sub Floor Ventilation
Sub floor ventilation is a system used in many homes to fight mould, mildew, condensation and dampness. It also helps prevent any foul smell caused by dampness underneath your floors as well as fend off any attacks from termites and white ants.
Most people focus more on interior ventilation thinking that it is enough to ensure good indoor air quality. However, in as much as interior ventilation systems may help with moisture control and preventing asthma attacks, it is not enough because dampness is not caused by interior factors alone. It‘s common for moisture problems to arise from a wet sub floor. So boosting your interior ventilation system may help in fighting off the moisture levels in your home, but it is not enough, especially if the cause is a wet sub floor.
How It Works
Sub floor ventilation works in a similar manner to roof ventilation by sucking out damp air from beneath your floors and replacing it with clean and dry air. This system uses pumps, fans, special high moisture resistant ducts and sound-insulated ducting. These are installed underneath your floors to ensure no excessive moisture has a chance of making its way inside your house.
Is It Really Necessary?
Sub floor ventilation is necessary especially in areas that experience a lot of storms. This is because, after a storm, usually the soil beneath your floors becomes extremely damp. Since there is nothing extracting this moisture, it will slowly seep into your walls and floors increasing your home’s vulnerability to mould, mildew and other conditions related to increased moisture levels such as termites. Dampness attracts termites as it serves as their nesting grounds. To get rid of termites you would have to ensure that you maintain dry conditions in and around your home.
In addition to creating nesting grounds for termites, the resulting mould that would form would cause discoloration of your tiled floors and walls; not to mention allergy and asthma attacks in your family members. The best way to prevent this would be installing a good sub floor ventilation system. Your ventilation system would not only act as a cure, but a preventive measure as well.
If your home has been under an unexplained attack of white ants or termites, then moisture may be the problem. The same goes for rotting floor boards and discoloration to your walls and floor.
To install such a system, it’s recommended that you consult a ventilation expert. The expert would be in the best position to advise you on how to tackle your moisture problems. Normally, an expert would pay a visit to your home to inspect the level of dampness in order to determine which ventilation system would suit you best. The type of ventilation depends on the condition in which your home is in, as well as the size of your property. Various types of ventilation systems include air vents, ducted sub floor vents and solar powered ventilation.