THE IMPORTANCE OF MOISTURE CONTROL
By their very nature, crawl spaces are dark places. When you add high moisture content, conditions become ripe for the development of wood rot, fungi and insect infestations. Our geographical location works against us with regard to moisture. Warm air can hold more moisture than cold, and the warm, moist air from the nearby ocean keeps a higher than average amount of water in the air. (Relative humidity is calculated as the amount of water vapor in the air versus the amount the air can actually contain before condensation as rain. 50% relative humidity is ideal for humans.)
A homeowner’s problem begins with water vapor or moisture being added to the air and variances of temperature of surrounding materials which cause condensation. (Think of soup bubbling on a cold day and the associated steaming of the windows). Moisture from condensation in walls and crawl spaces provides a perfect habitat for insects and fungi. Moisture can collect in and on insulation, siding, drywall, pipes, ductwork, etc. It causes wood to rot, and in winter, can freeze in small crevices thereby damaging building materials.
Keeping moisture in and under your home at acceptable levels goes a long way toward preserving the integrity of the structure and maintaining good air quality. The solution to a moisture problem is as individual as the problem, and we have individuals trained to assess and recommend answers.
SERVICES WE OFFER FOR MOISTURE CONTROL
- Sand Installation
- Moisture Barrier Installation
- Automatic Foundation Vents
- Sump Pump installation
- High Volume Air Circulation Fans
- Leak repair & wrapping of pipes and ductwork,
- Gutter and downspout repairs
In the event that a moisture problem has caused your home to have a problem with wood destroying fungi, we can treat (and repair) compromised areas.
WHAT IS FUNGUS?
Fungi are plants which develop frequently in warmer, more humid climates such as ours. They “feed” on wood, secreting chemicals that break down the cellulose and causing reduction to its strength. Fungi thrive when the moisture content of wood rises above 20%.
There are a variety of available treatments, and we can recommend the one which best fits your needs. Regardless of the treatment, however, homeowners should correct the condition causing the moisture in addition to treating the fungus.
A NOTE ABOUT CRAWL SPACE ENCAPSULATION
Lakeside Pest Control does not recommend crawl space encapsulation and homeowners having their crawl spaces completely sealed will void their termite warranties. For more information on our position, consult with one of our technicians.