Moisture accumulation under a house, around the foundation, in the gutters, around the perimeter or within the house is a breeding ground for problems.
Household pests have three basic requirements to support an active infestation: a food source, a harborage area where they can survive comfortably and multiply, and moisture.
Termite colonies live and dwell in moist soil. Simply put, termites cannot survive without moisture. With excess moisture under or around the outside of a home, there will be increased numbers of household pests, such as rodents, spiders, house ants, carpenter ants, centipedes, earwigs, and crickets of all varieties.
Excess moisture in the crawlspace of a home can also attack the integrity of the wood that supports the home. Wood can rot, causing physical damage to the home. Damp wood produces mold and mildew, fueling allergies and respiratory problems that affect the health of the residents of the property.
Loyal Termite & Pest Control understands the importance of eliminating excess moisture in order to protect a home and its inhabitants.
For example, extreme moisture in the crawlspace may require the installation of a dehumidifier. In addition, a “Vapor Barrier” (thick plastic covering) can be installed on the flooring of the crawlspace to control excess moisture. Automatic vents also are ideal for seasonal “airing out” of the crawlspace. Whatever your need is for moisture control, Loyal has the answer.
Here are some of the telltale signs that you may be dealing with an excess moisture problem:
- Greenish discoloration on siding
- Crumbling of bricks or masonry
- Water standing around the foundation
- Blistered or peeling paint on siding or interior walls
- Water stains on patio or porch
- Wet crawlspace soil
- Flooring that has settled, is no longer level, has separated from the baseboards, or feels spongy when walking on it
- Sweating on walls or floors
- Mildew on walls or ceiling
- Musty smell
Contact Loyal Termite & Pest Control to perform an inspection and to solve your moisture problems.