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What You May Not Know About Your Crawl Space

February 18, 2016


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Does your home have a crawl space underneath? If it does, the old saying, "Out of sight out of mind," does not apply. There are many problems that can arise from having an open crawl space under your home.

Mold

Open crawl spaces, even spaces that are well ventilated, can have moisture issues. This wasn't as much the case years ago, when older homes were built but, with more homes using air conditioning, moisture is becoming more of a problem for homes with open crawl spaces. When moisture levels rise in your crawl space, it can cause mold to take root. This can lead to health troubles for your entire household.

Wood Rot

Moisture also leads to wood rot. If the support beams of your home are being continually bathed in wetness, fungi will begin a process of destroying the wood beams and can lead to serious repair costs.

Wood-Eating Insects

Crawl spaces offer easy access for subterranean termites, which come up from the ground and feed on a home 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Yes, 365 days a year. Most crawl spaces offer the right conditions for termites to feed, even in winter.

Diminished Indoor Air Quality

Studies have shown that as much as 60% of the bad air in a home originates from the crawl space beneath the home. That can cause issues for people who suffer with asthma and also complicate the treatment of other health problems that can arise.

If you live in the Lexington area, or any of the other areas we service in Kentucky, the team here at Action Pest Control can help you fix those crawl space problems with our state-of-the-art Closed Crawl Space Systems. Here are the benefits you'll get.

  • You'll have better air quality through your entire house.

  • You'll have an increase in energy savings because your crawl space will be sealed and insulated. That means heat won't escape out the sides of your basement, but instead, radiate up through the entire home.

  • Your crawl space will be protected from the moisture conditions that lead to mold, wood rot, and insect damage. It will also keep other wood-destroying pests out, like rodents and carpenter ants.

  • You won't have to worry about cold air getting in and freezing pipes during winter. A closed crawl space will keep cold winter air out.

Home inspection experts agree, crawl space systems can cost a bit up front, but they are an essential tool to protect the equity of a home that has one. Get your home protected with a call to Action Pest Control today to learn more about our closed crawl space systems.




 

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