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Foundation vents shouldn’t be closed until extreme cold or it could trap moisture


Although it may seem like a good idea to close your foundation vents securely in early fall at the first sign of cold weather to avoid losing heat and energy, that’s actually not the best thing to do.  Closing those vents early, before the outdoor temperature reaches the freezing point, can cause moisture to be trapped in your crawl space and basement, potentially leading to mold and mildew problems.

What are foundation vents?

Foundation vents allow the air to circulate under your home, preventing moisture from the ground as well as naturally-forming gases like radon from accumulating in your living spaces and causing health hazards. These inexpensive vents are easy to install and operate, and can be opened in the early spring and closed in late fall when the temperature dips regularly below freezing.

Installing and operating foundation vents with Kaufman’s Home Maintenance

Foundation vents aren’t difficult to install, but getting to the right area can be a little tricky, especially if you have a crawl space instead of a full basement. That’s where Kaufman’s Home Maintenance can help. We can not only install the vents, but can open and close them for you at the proper times. Investing a little bit of money on foundation vents can save you from having to deal with a mildew or mold problem later on.

In addition to helping you with your foundation vents, Kaufman’s Home Maintenance offers a full range of home repair and handyman services, both on a “as needed” basis and as a recurring, scheduled service. We tailor our packages to meet your individual home maintenance needs. Just a few of the services we offer include inserting new filters in your furnace and air conditioning systems, washing outside windows, clearing your gutters and water drainage system of debris AND installing and maintaining your foundation vents. To learn more about Kaufman’s Home Maintenance Service, call 503-798-4357 or visit KaufmanHelp.com to schedule an appointment.