Crawl spaces are inviting places for termites, ants, spiders, mice, snakes and other kinds of pests. It’s cool, damp and dark which is the perfect combination for creepy crawlies. Crawl spaces are naturally cooler and damp because they are below ground. However, too much moisture acts like an incubator especially for termites and carpenter ants.
The crawl space draws moisture from the ground and your home draws moisture from the crawl space which can lead to damp, or wet insulation, floor joists and sub-flooring. Wet wood/cellulose is like the ultimate termite magnet. And once termites start chewing they never stop, working 24/7. Indoor airflow moves upward instead of downward so the crawl space has little chance to ventilate properly. Moist, damp and wet crawl spaces also promote mold and mildew which can affect air quality and make your family sick.
Vapor barriers are one of the best ways to hold down moisture, natural occurring ground gases, and prevent mold and mildew. A certified termite and pest professional can take one look at your crawl space and determine pretty quickly if you have moisture issues. Termites thrive on cellulose material and moisture. A vapor barrier limits the amount of moisture in the crawl space and from going upward to your floor joists throughout the home. The vapor barrier also helps insulate pipes and air ducts limiting sweat and moisture from them leaking onto the crawl space floor. The insulation also protects your pipes from freezing in the winter. The vapor barrier makes it easier to regulate the temperature in your home while providing greater efficiency and cost savings on your heating/cooling bill.
A vapor barrier combined with dehumidifiers, fans, or proper crawl space ventilation as recommended by a professional can also improve your property at the point of sale should you ever decide to do so in the future. It will save you time and money from potential buyers that request it before they purchase the home. Worse, a potential buyer could discover mold, mildew, termites and more when your crawl space is inspected before sale. A vapor barrier puts you ahead of the game and insures cleaner air for your family.
Apex Termite and Pest Control has been working with moisture issues in Greenville, SC for well over 50 years. Our trained professionals will diagnose your problem upon scheduling a visit and propose to you various solutions that we back with a guarantee that will fix the moisture issue you are dealing with whether it’s moisture, or termites, mold, or mildew as the result of an untreated crawl space. Contact us today for a free inspection and quote.