Controlling excessive moisture in your crawlspace is an essential part of keeping your home or business structurally sound and pest free. It’s important to understand the signs, causes, and potential issues that can occur from elevated moisture levels in your crawlspace.
Signs of Excessive Moisture
- Fallen insulation
- Standing water
- Musty smell
- Fungal growth
- Excessive condensation forming on A/C ductwork
Identifying the Excessive Moisture Source
Rainfall Drainage Issue
Water can make its way into the crawlspace from gutter overflow, grading issues with the yard, or compromised foundations walls.
A plumbing leak from a broken or leaking pipe could be causing moisture accumulation in the crawlspace.
A/C Ductwork Condensation
The outside of the A/C ductwork in a crawlspace can “sweat” excessively in the hotter, more humid months. The cool air inside of the ductwork that is blowing into your home is also causing the exterior of the metal ductwork in your hot, humid crawlspace to drop in temperature. When the cool ductwork comes in contact with the hot, humid air in the crawlspace, condensation can accumulate all around the ductwork (similar to the condensation around a glass of ice water when you walk outdoors in the summer).
The Importance of a Dry Crawlspace
Minimize Health Risks
Various fungi thrive in environments with elevated moisture levels. Hot, humid crawlspaces are often times the perfect site for these organisms, which can be a health risk for the people occupying the home. These fungi can produce spores that become airborne, causing coughing, wheezing, labored breathing, and sometimes, respiratory infections.
Prevent Wood Decay
The subfloors and floor joists of a home or business are integral to the structural integrity of the building. When moisture levels are elevated, wood destroying funguses, such as brown and white rot fungi can come to life and progressively break down the cellulose in the wood. This cellulose break down can lead to the subfloors and floor joists of the home losing much of their structural integrity, ultimately resulting in costly repairs.
Termites & Other Pests
Termites, powder post beetles, wood boring beetles, and many other pests feel right at home feeding on or living in wood with elevated moisture content. If the moisture content of the wood under your home is reduced, the risk of experiencing an infestation caused by various pests is reduced.
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Trust Adams Exterminators to Keep Your Crawlspace Moisture Under Control
Like we mentioned above, there are potential health risks and structural issues associated with excessive moisture in a crawlspace. The experts at Adams Exterminators have the necessary training, equipment, and protective gear to handle any size moisture control job, and we communicate with you, the homeowner, every step of the way.
We have provided Southwest Georgia and Southeast Alabama with quality moisture, termite, and pest control services since 1971. We proudly serve Albany, Americus, Bainbridge, Blakely, Camilla, Cordele, Dawson, Donalsonville, Dothan, Douglas, Eufaula, Fitzgerald, Ft. Gaines, Leesburg, Moultrie, Pelham, Sylvester, Thomasville, Tifton, Valdosta and everywhere in between!