How to seal and insulate a crawl space in a humid environment
We purchased a second home on a lake in mid-Michigan in Winter. With Summer, we discovered a moisture problem in the very narrow (16″ deep) crawl space. The previous owner had put 6″ fiberglass batts under the floor to insulate the crawl space and used plastic film as a vapor barrier over some of the ground. When we crawled through this narrow crawl space, we discovered the fiberglass batts were wet and falling into the crawl space, mold was forming on the floor joists, and there was water puddling on the vapor barrier covering the ground. The house rests on a foundation of pressure treated posts with pressure treated wood forming a barrier to keep animals out of the crawl space. It doesn’t seem possible to condition the crawl space due to air leakage through the boards.
We would like to remedy the moisture problem and insulate the crawl space but aren’t sure what to do.
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