Do you have a mildew smell in the house? It could be coming from the crawl space. Most of the time if there is a moisture problem in the crawl space it will affect the interior causing your windows to sweat, mildew smells in the house, or mold. It could even be a health concern for your family. Fortunately, Patriot Pest does moisture inspections in crawl spaces to determine if there is water getting under the house during heavy rains. We check the moisture levels in the wood to determine if it is rotting the wood. We also check to make sure the crawl space is properly ventilated. The moisture readings in the crawl space should be between 10% to 20%, anything over 20% is a problem and readings over 28% means the wood in the crawl space is actually rotting and will translate into major damage to your home.
One of the biggest problems we find is homeowners close the foundation vents in the winter and forget to open them in the spring. This elevates the moisture in the crawl space sometimes causing structural damage because the crawl space must have ventilation to keep the moisture levels down. Crawl spaces are like a refrigerator, if you put food in the refrigerator then unplug it what happens, everything rots and mold starts to grow. The same thing happens in the crawl space if not properly ventilated.
Patriot Pest Management is experienced and qualified in the installation of French drains, sump pumps, vapor barriers and automatic temp vents to control moisture problems in crawl spaces and basements. Contact us today to learn more.