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Crawlspaces in the Summertime

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It’s easy to underestimate the impact your crawlspace has on your home because it isn’t a place you are spending the majority of your time in. But the truth is that your crawlspace has long lasting effects that can cost you money and have long lasting effects on your home and health value. During the warmer months, your crawlspace becomes more humid which can cause more issues within your home. Uncontrolled moisture is a serious concern to your home value. Living at the Jersey Shore unfortunately includes an abundance of moisture, especially during these harsh and humid summer months. One of the most common places that moisture develops in is in your crawlspace. Don't Wait! Give Us a Call Today to Schedule your 22 Point Evaluation What Are Common Issues That Occur in Crawlspaces During the Summer? Crawlspaces are extremely susceptible to mold growth. Mold growth begins with moisture. Moisture creates...
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Keep the Outdoors, Outdoors!

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Sure, there’s no monsters under your home, but there's life down there. Mold , fungus mildew, pests, rodents, and other issues often thrive in moist environments. The benefits of a clean and dry crawlspace pay for themselves over time and help protect your health and home value, while providing you and your family a comfortable living environment. Every crawlspace needs an entry large enough to let people in and should be installed correctly to keep moisture out and heat in being properly secured to the foundation. Proper crawlspace entry doors and coverings will also help reduce humidity and keep your crawlspace drier during these summer months. Crawlspace doors are crucial to keep the outside elements out of your crawlspace! Don't Wait! Give Us a Call Today to Schedule your 22 Point Evaluation The Benefits of a Crawlspace Door Keeps rodents and pests outside and provides a hygienic crawlspace atmosphere Prevents cold...
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Summer Ventilation in Your Crawlspace

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Your crawlspace’s condition has a huge impact on the comfort, home & health value, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality throughout your home. Crawlspaces seem to be the forgotten area in your home and it’s common to underestimate the impact it has on you and your home. Your crawlspace’s condition can have long lasting effects that can cost you money and also comes with risks that compromise the safety and value of your home. A lot of these issues stem from ventilation in your crawlspace. Foundation vents are in place to help provide adequate ventilation within your crawlspace . From flood vents, to temperature vents, we offer a number of different options to install for any crawlspace application. Don't Wait! Give Us a Call Today to Schedule your 22 Point Evaluation Automatic Temperature Vents Automatic Temperature Vents open and close automatically with the temperature. They take the worry out of having...
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How Summer Heat Can Cause Mold Growth!

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Summer heat and an unsealed crawlspace is a recipe for a homeowner’s nightmare. The result of this is a combination for wood rot and mold growth in your crawlspace affecting your home and health value. Mold thrives from moisture and dead, organic material, most commonly wooden floor joists. During the summertime, your crawlspace is typically cooler than the outside temperatures. When the hot outside air enters through your vents combining with the cool inside temperatures, it creates condensation. Condensation is the start of creating an environment for mold to grow. It is crucial to have a summer evaluation this season to have one of trained technicians inspect your crawlspace, attic, or basement to ensure your home is not at risk for mold growth and to learn about the steps you can take to prevent it from growing! Don’t Wait! Give Us a Call Today to Schedule your 22 Point Evaluation The...
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Keep Summer’s Humidity out of Your Crawlspace!

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With summer approaching this month, the humidity outside is starting to increase. But what happens to your crawlspace during these upcoming months of high humidity? Humidity in your crawlspace can lead to negative impacts on your home and health value. Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor that is present in your air in comparison to the greatest amount of vapor the air can hold at that temperature. There are several different components you can choose to ensure the harsh temperatures of the Summer stay enclosed out of your home. Every home is different, so every solution is different and we would like to find the perfect one for you! Having one of our trained technicians evaluate your crawlspace or basement is imperative to ensure you and your home are protected from the lasting effects of humidity. To make sure you home is up to challenge, call us today to...
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Keep Annoying Pests & Rodents Far From Your Home This Spring!

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With spring in full swing, you may be thinking about warmer weather, flowers blooming, and spring cleaning. But, what homeowners don’t usually think about are the pests, especially rodents , that come out of hiding after these long and cold months. With warmer weather approaching, pests such as termites , ants , insects and rodents start to make their way into homes near the Jersey Shore. Though some of these critters may seem harmless, there are several lasting effects it can leave on you and your home. It is crucial to make sure your home is protected from unwanted guests this season! Having one of our trained technicians evaluate your crawlspace or basement is imperative to ensure you and your home are protected from these nasty critters. To make sure you home is up to challenge, call us today to schedule a comprehensive crawlspace evaluation! Don’t Wait! Give Us a Call...
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Is Your Crawlspace or Basement Ready for Spring?

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With Spring in full swing, you will most likely be spending the majority of your time outside, but what’s happening in your crawlspace during these Spring months? During the spring we commonly experience a heavy amount of rain which can increase moisture within your crawlspace. Over the last 6 months, we have seen even the driest crawlspaces experience standing water, puddling, and flooding resulting in moisture issues. It is important to know what is going on under your home. The crawlspace is an integral part of your house, many issues within the crawlspace can have an impact on your health, and home value. Having one of our trained technicians evaluate your crawlspace or basement is imperative to ensure it is ready to fight the elements of Springtime. To make sure your crawlspace or basement is up to the challenge, give us a call today to schedule a comprehensive crawlspace evaluation. Don’t...
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April Showers May Bring Unwanted Moisture

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With Spring underway, we are all excited for the nicer weather, flowers blooming, and all the fun events here at the Jersey Shore April showers. Over the last 6 months we have endured a ton of rain being dropped, and Spring, will be no different. It’s important to be aware of what those pleasant spring showers can mean for your crawlspace or basement. With the combination of a generally mild winter and excessive rain, it is important that you are prepared for what is to come. Living at the Jersey Shore, it is important to maintain seasonal monitoring of your crawlspace or basement to ensure the environmental factors we face are not leading to damaged insulation, mold growth, or any other issues synonymous with a wet crawlspace or basement. To make sure your crawlspace or basement is up to the challenge, give us a call today to schedule a comprehensive crawlspace...
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How to Deal With Pests in Your Attic

For many of us, our attics provide more than empty space above our homes. They give us storage space for our possessions, help dampen sounds from inclement weather and provide an extra layer of insulation to keep us warm. Unfortunately, pests often find attic spaces incredibly welcoming as well, and rodents and insects will happily move in. You don’t want these new roommates, so here’s how to deal with pests in your attic. Lay traps for rodents You won’t have trouble figuring out if rodents move into your attic. They’ll chew up insulation, cardboard boxes and just about anything else stored up there. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to catch every rodent, but just catching one or two will help you identify the pests so that you can come up a thorough plan of attack. Check for insects and moisture If you suspect that insects have infested your attic, you...
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What a Wet Winter Means for Your Crawlspace

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Over the last 6 months, we have seen no shortage of precipitation. Here at the shore, we have enough on our plate when it comes to Moisture Management . With the amount of rain we have had, we have seen even the driest of crawlspaces and basement experience issues not evident in the past. To make sure your crawlspace or basement is up to the challenge, give us a call today to schedule a detailed crawlspace evaluation . The Effects During the winter, you will find yourself spending the majority of your time in your home, trying to stay warm from the harsh outside temperatures. But what if outside precipitation can make its way into your home? This is especially common with homes with crawlspaces or basements. Having a wet crawlspace or basement is an issue a homeowner may unfortunately face, especially in these wet winter months. Keep your Home Dry,...
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Best Ways to Keep Moisture Out of Your Basement

If there’s one place in your house that you want to keep dry as a bone, it’s the basement . Unfortunately, the basement is also the place in your home where water is most likely to accumulate. Therefore, to avoid costly and tedious repairs, you need to stay on top of the humidity control of your basement before any significant damage occurs. Here are some ways to spot moisture in your basement and tips for keeping it water free. How to Spot Moisture Moisture damage can come slowly, and sometimes moisture can exist undetected in a basement for a while before you even realize you have a problem. One way to check for moisture is to look for cracks or peeling paint on your walls. Also, sniff around your basement and see if it has a musty, damp odor. If you're able to spot mold with your eyes, that’s good, but...
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Your Crawl Space Might Have Mold

In our years of service to the shoreline area, Jersey Shore Crawlspace Enhancements Specialists has developed expert treatment plans for mold . The dark, warm and humid environments under our homes are ideal breeding grounds for mold, and the problem can be difficult to treat. If you suspect that you might have mold, it’s imperative that you contact us right away. Mold spreads through the releasing of tiny spores, which can then travel on any breeze and establish a new growth quite far away from the original source. Mold spores can colonize carpets, interior walls and more. Once it begins to spread, it can be nearly impossible to remove all of the mold within the structure of the home. There are also additional health-related concerns, particularly for those that suffer from breathing disorders, asthma, are very young or elderly. Even spores that fail to spread can irritate the sensitive respiratory system...
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The Health Effects of a Cockroach Infestation

Roaches can live anywhere and eat anything. They enter your home through pipes and any crack or crevice. In fact, they can even hitch a ride in grocery bags you bring home. Cockroaches can nest anywhere in your home , and crawlspaces are a favorite destination due to the damp, dark environment. Concerns Associated With Roaches Roaches create health problems. The skin they shed and their droppings can complicate allergies. Cockroaches can and will eat anything, so if you leave an open bag of food out, the roaches will get inside and deposit bacteria like salmonella or E. coli in your food. Roaches are known for carrying diseases. They tend to be attracted to waste deposits in your home, like a kitchen garbage disposal or a bathroom. Roaches walk across contaminated surfaces and then carry germs to other places in your home. Even worse, roaches regurgitate while feeding and that can...
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Warming Your Basement in Winter

When you think about a basement , you may think cold, damp and unusable. A basement that is not warm and inviting creates a space that is avoided. You can change your basement into a warm, usable space with some simple improvments, including insulation, carpeting, water control and additional heating. Controlling Water and Dampness If your basement has water or dampness, you need to address this before continuing the improvements to warm up your basement. First, you may need to add a sump pump to control the water flow under and around your home. But, a sump pump may need some help from a dehumidifier. Once the basement is dry, you can start making the other changes to warm up your basement. Starting the Warm Up Your basement is now dry, so you can begin the process of keeping in the heat. One of the easiest things to do to help...
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How to Keep Pests Out of Attics and Crawl Spaces

As a homeowner, you’re doing everything you can to keep your house pest and critter free. However, even the best preventative measures can sometimes break down, simply because there is so much house to worry about -- and much of it can be hard to reach. This is especially true when it comes to attics and crawl spaces. Even the most diligent homeowner can overlook crucial areas of these forgotten corners of the house, which can lead to your home being invaded by rodents or bugs. Trust us, even if you’ve overlooked these spaces, those unwanted houseguests won’t. How can you keep pests out of your attics and crawl spaces? Here are some tips: Seal Every Possible Opening No doubt this one is a no-brainer, but it’s so important it needs to be stated first. Go around the entire space in question -- both on the outside and the inside of...
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What are the Different Stages of Mold Growth?

Mold isn't choosy about where it grows. It can flourish on carpet, food, insulation, paper and wood. The crawl space under your home is a prime target because it has organic material, moisture, oxygen and the right temperature. Understanding the phases of mold growth can make it more clear why professional treatment is necessary to get rid of it. The Process of Mold Growth When the conditions are right, mold begins to reproduce. It has a four-phase growth cycle that loops. Stage 1 Mold growth starts with hyphae, which are thread-like cells that feed on cellulose, wood and other carbon-containing materials. They release enzymes that degrade and absorb nutrients like plant roots absorb nutrients from the ground. Then, the hyphae grow into a cluster or mycelium that forms the main body of the fungus that you see. Stage 2 Next, some of the hyphae in the mycelium develop spores on the...
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Why Get an Attic Inspection

Attic inspection services can help you to discover a pest infestation during the early stages. This is helpful when you are dealing with pests that are capable of hiding in your attic and building their nests unnoticed. Stop the infestation as soon as possible with an attic inspection that will allow the inspector to located pests and identify them correctly. Many pests have particular breeding habits, and knowing how to find them is the key to eliminating them from your home. This is an important service for people who have been living in the same home for a long period of time. An accumulation of items in the attic can provide pests with many opportunities to build a colony. Pests in the Attic There are many pests that are attracted to the attic because of the conditions that can be found in this area of the home. The dark spaces appeal...
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Benefits of Using a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers help us all breathe a sigh of relief. These quiet devices make homes and workplaces cleaner and safer. Just plug one in, turn it on, and reap the benefits of reduced humidity, which include these three. 1. Saying Goodbye to Fungi When a room is less humid, it has less fungi growing in it. Therefore, people who have allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems are less likely to experience breathing difficulties and other nasty symptoms. What's more, people who live with mold and mildew over long periods of time may be more prone to depression. Not to mention, with less mold, a room smells less musty. 2. Getting Dust Mites to Bite the Dust A dust mite is an arthropod — an animal with segments and an outer skeleton — that's too tiny to see. These creatures eat pieces of human skin that have been shed. And, despite their minuscule...
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Crawlspace Encapsulation & Moisture Management Equals Mold Prevention

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What brings mold into your home or place of business? Why does it matter? Even if you don't mind the persistent sour smell of mold getting into everything you own and invading your nightmares, mold growths have serious health hazards. Protecting your family, business or property investment is a matter of working to stop mold from growing or spreading. How can you evict mold from your property and your life? Here's how a simple combination of proper moisture management and smart, economical building modifications like crawlspace encapsulation can help. Mold Explained Mold is a general name for a broad group of fungi. Distributed around the world, these organisms are known for forming colonies of millions of individuals acting together to decompose food, break down plant matter and ruin buildings. Mold depends on water to live. According to the U.S. EPA, controlling moisture is the preferred means of staying on top of...
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Is Your Home at Risk of Mold Growth?

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Mold is a common problem in many buildings. There are different types of mold, and contact with the spores can expose the person to a variety of health problems. This is even more relevant for people who are living with depressed immune systems. In addition, many people also have mold allergies, which can result in serious symptoms from exposure. Take precautions to prevent mold from growing by learning the conditions that allow it to flourish. Eliminate these conditions from your property to minimize the damage associated with mold growth. What Causes Mold to Grow? Mold will grow in areas of the home that have been exposed to moisture. This includes the bathroom and basement areas, which are known as likely areas of growth. The type of materials used in the construction of the building can also play a role in the level of mold growth in the home. Some older buildings...
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