Minimize Moisture In Your Crawl Space With B&T Pest Control
Your home and health are always the top priority, which is why we are branching out to provide additional services beyond our expert home pest control solutions. At B&T Pest Control, protecting our customer’s health and homes has always been our first priority. We're not just pest control experts - we are crawl space professionals, too! Seeing the rising issues of moisture-related problems throughout eastern North Carolina, we have expanded our services to include crawl space moisture reduction to better serve our customers. We are now Eastern North Carolina's choice for crawl space repair, moisture control, waterproofing, and encapsulation services.
Why Is Crawl Space Moisture Bad?
Crawl space moisture problems present 4 types of issues:
- An inviting environment for pests and wood-destroying insects such as termites
- Potential damage to your home itself
- Health concerns for you and your family
- Energy consumption
Pests & Wood Destroying Insects - Pests Make Themselves at Home
Like all other living organisms, pests need and are drawn to water. The more moisture you have in your crawl space, the higher the likelihood pests will make themselves at home. Termite treatments are usually placed in the ground because that’s where termites come from. However, if the moisture content in the wood your home is built with exceeds 20%, termites can thrive in spite of a treatment, because they can obtain enough moisture from the wood that they don’t have to retreat to the soil and can avoid the treatment. Most termite service agreements become null and void if moisture conditions are not corrected.
Damage To Your Home - Wood Rot
It is not unusual for homes in our area to have a moisture level in the crawl space in excess of 20% or much higher. This degree of dampness encourages the growth of mold, fungus, and mildew. When wood moisture levels exceed 28%, wood rot is inevitable.
Obviously, rotting wood will weaken the structural integrity of your home. The NC Cooperative Extension Service estimates that moisture causes more than $1 billion in damages to homes each year. This can range from minor damage like paint peeling up to major damage, such as rotting and crumbling floor systems.
Health Concerns - Protect Your Family
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine found sufficient evidence to link exposure to mold and damp indoor environments to upper respiratory problems in otherwise healthy people. That effect is multiplied with people that may suffer from asthma or other respiratory issues as well as those that may have weaker immune systems. Sometimes chronic health issues can be traced back to high moisture in the home, and usually, that starts from the crawl space.
Energy Consumption - Save Money
This article by the US Dept. of Energy shows research on the difference in energy consumption of un-vented crawlspaces vs. conditioned crawl spaces. Part of this study was actually done in North Carolina through the US Department of Energy Building Technologies Program.
Our Crawl Space Moisture Control Program
At B&T Pest Control, we offer a crawl space moisture evaluation to identify the wood moisture content and relative humidity in your crawl space. If moisture issues exist, we can offer the following:
- Crawl Space Vapor Barriers: Unlike other companies, we overlap, anchor, and tape using 8-mil thick reinforced barriers. These barriers reduce the moisture rising from the ground into the subfloor of your home.
- Crack Sealing: This process prevents moist outdoor air from getting inside through cracks or vents in your foundation.
- Industrial Grade Dehumidifiers: To keep your North Carolina crawl space dry, you need a dehumidifier that is up to the challenge. We use dehumidifiers designed for whole-house use and suitable for the area.
- Crawl Space Moisture Repair: If you have existing moisture damage, we will repair any issues in addition to preventing new ones.
Call today to find out more about these and other crawl space solutions, and be sure to ask about our special offers in Jacksonville! Keeping your crawlspace clean shouldn't empty the piggy bank! Here at B&T Pest Control, we now offer $250 off a complete crawl space sealing and dehumidifier! We always do whatever we can to make things easier for our valued customers.
Eliminate Moisture In Your Crawl Space With B&T Pest Control
Moisture in your crawl space can mean major problems for your home, health, and budget. Just because it's out of sight doesn't mean it should be out of mind. Protect your home's foundation from the threat of moisture with help from B&T Pest Control. Call today to get started.
What B&T Customers Are Saying
"We have used this pest control service since we moved to North Carolina 3 years ago. Jeff has done an amazing job keeping our home bug free! He is friendly and always polite! I would recommend him to anyone."