If you’re looking to reduce the chance of damp and mould taking hold in your home, it’s essential that you have adequate sub floor ventilation beneath your property.
The space below ground is very often overlooked, but sub floor ventilation is integral to creating a moisture and damp-free household, with a clean circulation of fresh air.
In this article, the expert team at Atlantis Damp explains what sub floor ventilation is, and why you need it in your home.
What Is Sub Floor Ventilation?
Sub floor ventilation refers to any system or method designed to effectively ventilate the area below your floorboards on the ground floor of a building. This area is commonly referred to as the ‘sub floor void’, and there are several ways to keep the air flowing in this underground space.
The most common method is the installation of air bricks, which is required under building regulations. Air bricks are terracotta bricks with holes in the sides. If installed on every side of the building (at sub floor level) they allow air to flow in all directions.
Sub floor ventilation can also be improved through the installation of fans, extra vents, air pumps, and more, while your home’s airflow can be assisted through basic ventilation methods, such as keeping windows and doors open, and making use of extractor fans.
Why Do You Need Sub Floor Ventilation?
Sub floor spaces aren’t commonly top of the list when it comes to inspecting our homes or looking for signs of moisture or damp. However, that’s exactly why you need to take sub floor ventilation seriously, because poor ventilation can often go unnoticed until wider problems start to appear above ground level.
Without sub floor ventilation, your home will have inadequate circulation and it will be much more susceptible to problems arising from excess moisture and damp. Damp and mouldy conditions can cause health problems, lead to termite or fungal infestations and, in the worst-case scenarios, cause serious structural damage to your home.
Here are the most important reasons to ensure that your sub floor ventilation is up to scratch:
- Regulate underfloor temperatures and humidity
- Avoid a build-up of damp below your floorboards
- Avoid growth and spread of mould throughout your home
- Prevent the spread of fungal spores through the property
- Remove the conditions needed for termites and other unwanted infestations to thrive
- Create a clean flow of air throughout your home
- Promote a healthy living environment
How Can Atlantis Damp Help with Insufficient Sub Floor Ventilation?
If you’re worried that your sub floor ventilation is insufficient, the expert team at Atlantis Damp is here to help.
We can provide a detailed survey of your current underfloor situation, fix any existing problems associated with sub floor ventilation, and determine the best way to improve your sub floor ventilation going forwards.
Contact Atlantis Damp today for more information.