Controlling moisture and humidity is essential in protecting your home against damages. Crawl spaces are prone to moisture and humidity owing to their enclosed nature and design. Ground moisture can cause a lot of dampness under and around the house’s foundation.
Infiltration of outside moisture, according to Rove Pest Control in Detroit, can also lead to building up of humidity inside the house, especially in the crawl spaces. Moisture can be infiltrated through doors, windows, cracks, plumbing faults and refrigeration penetrations as well as other kinds of imperfections in your house. Moisture damages wood and creates conducive environments for termites, wood boring beetles, and other pests.
Ways to Control Moisture
Vapor Barriers – These are light polythene sheets that are laid on the soil surface at the crawl space. They are known to be impervious to water and condensation. The crawl space will be waterproof hence keeping away humidity.
Encapsulation – This is a more advanced way of controlling moisture. After you apply the polythene sheets on the soil of the crawling surface, you then cover the foundation walls. All plumbing works are also sealed, and caulking is added to increase moisture insulation.
Proper Drainage Systems – any home that does not contain proper draining will always have moisture in it. Drainage helps to eliminate water from unwanted places and take it somewhere else far from your home. Piping is the common method of drainage that directs water away from the house to the sewers.
Downspouts and extenders – These are structures meant to direct the water away from your house walls and foundations as it falls off the roof. The splashes won’t reach your walls even during heavy rains.
Other ways to control moisture include the use of dehumidifiers, proper wood treatment and replacement of moisture infested materials in the property. Keep proper ventilation and whenever you see the sun rays can reach where moisture is in your house, let it in to dry all moisture. Borate-based product application can also be used to make sure moisture and pests are kept away from your house.
Pest Control Insulation
In the verge to keep moisture out, some interventions can also keep pests out. Pest control insulation is a method in which your house is insulated from moisture and pests as well. A new layer made from recycled materials is added to your ceilings, roof, and floors to ensure your inside air temperature remains as it is without being compromised by air from outside your house. Insulating your home not only brings the desired temperature but also keeps away pests that could cause devastating effects to your home’s structure.
Pest control service providers can assess your house and determine moisture levels. Once they realize there is excess humidity, they will start to look at all the possible causes. Identifying the causes of humidity is what will determine the appropriate mitigating interventions to make. Moisture attracts pests, and besides that, it is a destructive factor itself. Pests like termites love living in humid areas where even wood is soft to burrow through and create habitats for their colonies.