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How Minimizing Moisture Can Keep Your Crawlspace Free of Mold, Pests and Rodents

vapor barrier blogHow Minimizing Moisture Can Keep Your Crawlspace Free of Mold, Pests and Rodents To effectively protect your home from pests, rodents, termites, and mold, your home must have an adequate defense in place to reduce moisture. Moisture can come in several different forms, from standing water and foundation seepage, to excessive relative humidity and condensation. A proactive approach can help prevent issues common within crawlspace homes here on the Jersey Shore. The common thread between mold, pests, rodents and termites is that of moisture. Mold relies on a moist environment to grow. It requires a Wood Moisture Content exceeding 20% and/or Relative Humidity in excess of 55% to sustain life. It feeds on the protein in your wood structure and can cause asthma and allergy symptoms, negative impacts on home value, and structural integrity issues. Condensation can accelerate mold growth and occur in a matter of days, should the environmental conditions...
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5 Reasons to Begin Crawlspace Monitoring in the Spring

Crawlspace doorMany people wait too long to check their crawlspace or avoid doing so, which is a mistake that you won’t want to make. Inability to locate problems in your crawlspace will give mold and other issues a chance to cause trouble for you and your loved ones. 1. Catch Mold Early Moisture is one of the most common problems that people find when they inspect their crawlspace for red flags, and it’s often present for years before they notice. Unless you take steps to solve the issue right away, it creates the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold that lives in your crawlspace can get into the air and put your health on the line, causing sneezing, eye irritation, headaches and prolonged fatigue. 2. Reduce Your Energy Bill A reduced energy bill is another benefit that you can gain when you inspect your crawlspace and fix the issues that you uncover....
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Common Issues Within Crawlspaces and Basements During the Spring Time

Crawlspace evaluationsA lot of local residents are eagerly awaiting spring’s arrival. The warmer temperatures and beautiful scenery seem to put everyone in a better mood. While the spring is certainly a great time of the year, homeowners must make a few important preparations. Here are some of the most common issues that tend to plague crawlspaces and basements. Excess Moisture Buildup The runoff from melting snow can definitely cause problems. As the ground thaws, moisture often builds up inside basements and crawlspaces. Unfortunately, the dampness tends to promote the growth of mold. According to health experts, allergy and asthmatic sufferers are especially sensitive to mold. Installing a vapor barrier will give you an additional peace of mind. This feature essentially prevents moisture from penetrating the walls. Aside from helping to keep things dry, a vapor barrier also acts as an extra layer of insulation. Standing Water Along with the warmer weather come...
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Heating Expenses Got You Down? 5 Ways to Save Throughout the Winter

InsulationDuring the winter, the cost of heating your home to a comfortable temperature can skyrocket, especially during a particularly cold weather pattern. Fortunately, a few improvements around your home can boost your home's energy efficiency, potentially lowering your heating costs. These improvements include, but are not limited to, adding new window coverings and sealing gaps around your windows and doors. Use Your Thermostat Wisely If your heating system uses a thermostat for control, programming it can make a big difference in how much you'll pay for heating. When you're at work and your children are at school, you don't need to endlessly heat your home. Instead, set the thermostat to heat up your home just before you'll arrive home. Improve Attic Insulation If your home's attic doesn't have sufficient insulation, the heat inside your home will escape through the ceiling, leaving your home at the mercy of chilly weather. Installing insulation...
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How to Keep Unwanted Guests Out of Your Home This Winter

spider cardAs winter approaches and the weather cools, many people may notice an unpleasant side effect of the changing seasons. Spiders, insects, rodents, and other pests may be attempting to come into the home to escape the cold. These unwanted guests can be difficult to deal with or even damaging to one’s belongings, but there are a few things that can be done to prevent them from entering. The first thing to consider is whether there are any openings, cracks, or leaks within the home. Sometimes these can be detected by the presence of cool air in an otherwise warm room, but some are less obvious. Such problems often escape notice in places such as crawlspaces and attics, as people spend less time in them than in other rooms, making such spaces especially attractive to pests. Having a professional crawlspace evaluation performed as well as checking other potential problem areas can make it...
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Choose the Right Insulation for your Crawlspace

Is your home damp or musty? Do you have mold or mildew? The problem might be right under your feet. The crawl space beneath your house is most likely bare soil, sand or gravel, and the moisture it naturally contains evaporates into the atmosphere. The rate of evaporation can vary on the amount of moisture in the air, the temperature and other factors. Unfortunately, the vapor can also build up, and when it does, it will condense and increase the risk of mold, fungus and wood rot. Crawl space or foundation vents were designed to improve airflow and reduce moisture, but they are inefficient at best, which is why crawl space encapsulation can be an excellent alternative.A crawl space encapsulation system protects your crawl space from the outdoor environment and eliminates excess vapor and condensation coming from the ground. It can protect your home from a variety of moisture-related issues, including: ...
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