For years, pest control companies have been treating crawlspaces for termites, dismissing other contributory factors, such as structural damage, mold, damaged HVAC ductwork, energy loss, condensation, and moisture issues.
Building experts have written many articles on the benefits of crawlspace encapsulation, which includes moisture and mold control and minimizing the threat of pest infestations. The truth is that most termite companies don’t have viable solutions to address these problems, so they shrug off the need for crawlspace encapsulation.
This leaves homeowners feeling frustrated because they have, for years, being paying for termite inspections with companies they trust, only to find out that these same companies have not only allowed such conditions to continue, but actually get worse. Homeowners with a termite warranty have the added annoyance of the warranty being voided due to excess moisture in crawlspaces. Any termite professional will tell you that termites prefer damp wood, so it makes sense to keep your crawlspace dry.
There are 4 ways in which moisture can enter a crawlspace:
- Water vapor from exposed floor
- Humid air entering through loose doors or vents
- Water seepage through foundation cracks or porous walls
- Groundwater infiltration
Crawlspace encapsulation addresses all the above issues through the installation of wall liners to prevent wall seepage, drainage systems for groundwater, sealing vents to prevent humid air entering, and ensuring acceptable humidity levels to prevent the growth of mold.
At Dry Foundation Technologies in Asheville, NC, we offer basement waterproofing systems, foundation stabilization, and crawlspace moisture control systems. We look forward to helping you prevent the damaging effects of water on your property!