Many Sydney homes feature a sub floor in their build design. The floorboards are raised above the ground using timber or concrete stumps. One major challenge of this housing design is that poor ventilation can be an issue. It can cause rot, mould, algae, and even termite infestation. If your home has such a house, read on for tips on how you can improve sub floor ventilation in Sydney properties.
Remove any skirting built around the sub floor
It’s common for homeowners to have a skirting constructed around the subfloor area. Usually, this is done to prevent sub floor intrusion by children, pets, and any other unwanted persons. While this is a noble cause, it can cause a serious ventilation problem. That’s because the skirting hinders proper air flow under the sub floor. Moisture from the air and from the ground starts to accumulate and cause rot or mould. To avoid this, remove any subfloor skirting around your house to allow free air flow.
Remove stored items from your subfloor area
Another way to improve sub floor ventilation in Sydney is by removing clutter stored around the subfloor area. Some people see this space as a viable storage area where they can put unused appliances, furniture, construction supplies or trash. Doing so encourages dampness and is not good for the condition of your house. If you are guilty of doing the same to your sub floor, therefore, declutter the entire area and leave it open.
Have drainage systems repaired for leaks
One of the major causes of dampness in sub floors is leaks from drainage systems. The most affected systems are gutter downpipes and drainage pipes emanating from the house, e.g. bathroom or kitchen. If these drainage systems have leaks, they can cause an accumulation of moisture around the sub floor. To avoid this, have the pipes in this area inspected regularly for leaks. Any leakages found should be repaired immediately and remediation carried out to avoid moisture damage.
Have the sub floor leveled to ease air flow
For some Sydney homes, sub floor ventilation issues come about due to the terrain of the space. The ideal subfloor space should be flat and level without any obstructions whatsoever. This allows air to pass under the flooring, carrying with it any humidity or damp air. If your sub floor space has a bumpy terrain filled with mounds of dirt or soil, have it cleared and leveled. This will ease natural air circulation and improve ventilation under your house.
Install an air fan in the sub floor
In some cases, natural methods do not work when it comes to improving sub floor ventilation in Sydney. When all the above methods have failed and you still have dampness around your sub floor, try introducing artificial ventilation into your sub floor. The easiest way to do this is by installing a sub floor fan. The fan, which will be connected to power from your house, will blow air in and out of the sub floor area, thereby ensuring maximum ventilation. Of course use of such a fan may cost you a bit, but the cost may be fair compared to the damage that can be caused on your sub floor by moisture.