Rain has been ever-present here in Eastern North Carolina these past few weeks and months. Excess rain and water not only can put a damper on our plans and moods, but it can also have a negative effect on your home. Your home or crawl space can retain this moisture and create a number of issues that can not only be destructive toward your home, but also can even be dangerous.
There are a few different ways to determine if you are experiencing a moisture problem. One key sign is exposed moisture. For instance, you notice your yard isn’t drying out or if the foundation around your home stays wet longer. Another indicator is an increase or sudden abundance of insect problems. As the water table rises with increased rain, so do pests as they are looking to your home for shelter.
Another huge factor that could be a sign there is moisture in your home is humidity. Both too high and too low of humidity levels can be detrimental. Humid homes are breeding grounds for bugs and mold. Bugs thrive in humid conditions; particularly dust mites thrive in high humidity levels of 70-80%.
Other signs or evidence of an issue include new musty odor in your home, floors seem to be buckling or moving, your HVAC unit seems to working hard to keep your home cool, and finally a spike in your electric bill.
Once you have identified there may be a moisture concern, the next step is to start reaching out to companies to quote you for repairs. Below are a few questions to be sure to ask of anyone who may be doing service for moisture in your home.
- How will you control the moisture? Will it be through a dehumidifier, conditioned air, or will you mechanically remove the water with a sump pump?
- Will you install a vapor/moisture barrier?
- Will you ensure that the seams overlap in the vapor/moisture barrier?
- Will you attach the vapor/moisture barrier to the wall and seal it?
- Will you anchor the vapor/moisture barrier to the soil?
- Will you be adhering to the proper NC building codes for closed crawl spaces?
- Will it meet building code and be inspected by the local building inspector to ensure that the moisture correction was performed properly?
It is important to remember controlling moisture in your home, office, or another property you own is a vital element of preventative pest control. Rid-A-Pest proudly offers a range of moisture control solutions to keep your home safe, sanitary, and pest free. For more information about moisture control or to request a free estimate, call our experts today.