What Is a Crawl Space?
Crawl space foundations are very common here in North Alabama & Southern Middle Tennessee. A crawl space is a shallow compartment underneath a home contained by the foundation walls and the floor of the home which rests above the crawlspace (usually 3–4 feet height or less). The crawl space is normally on bare dirt, even when the sides are enclosed, and should have a poly type vapor barrier as a minimum covering over the dirt. In some circumstances, the crawl area may even have a gravel or concrete “floor”.
What Is it for?
Pre- and post-construction, having a house built on top of a crawl space allows for easy access to plumbing, electrical wiring, and ductwork, making home installation, repair, and maintenance easier.
In addition, If your home is prone to floods, this will help to protect you from harm. Crawl areas, on the other hand, can be an appealing breeding ground for a variety of pests. A crawl space does keep your home off the ground and allows for termite inspections under the home where termites often make their way up from the soil in which they nest up into the wood framework of the home where they like to feed.
what kind of pests live there?
Crawl spaces are dark, well-protected from the elements, and warm and damp in comparison to the outside world. As a result, they’re frequently a sanctuary for not only termites but a variety of pests.
The following are some of the most frequent pest problems you’ll find in your crawl space:
• Rodents including mice & rats
What is moisture control?
Excessive wetness in your home can lead to a slew of issues. Moisture attracts a wide range of pests to your home’s crawl space, including termites, rodents, and cockroaches, weakens the structure of your home, emits an unpleasant, musty stench, and allows mold and mildew to grow, posing a health risk to you and your family.
How we Do it
RedHawk’s professional moisture management services help keep your crawl space dry and prevent moisture-related problems before they start. We’ll build a bespoke moisture control strategy for your home after an initial assessment to determine the moisture levels under your home. Among the services we provide are:
• Treatment of the wood
• Removal of insulation (which only acts as a sponge, holding moisture against your floor system)
• Removal and installation of a new poly vapor barrier
• Installation of crawl space vents
• Encapsulation of the entire crawl space
• Installation of a dehumidifier
• Installation of sump-pump
The expert pest control professionals at RedHawk can evaluate your crawl space and assist you in identifying any issues. With services like our General Pest Control Programs, Exclusion, Foundation Vent Replacement, Encapsulation and Vapor Barriers, we can help defend your crawl area against these invasive pests. Give us a call today 256-975-8817
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