Here in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area, we get rain and lots of it. Our homes withstand enormous amounts of moisture all year round and do a fine job of doing it. Most of the time we look to the sky when we think about the water trying to intrude, but another likely source of water comes from below. Ground water and run-off water can also make it past our homes defenses and end up pooling in the crawl space. This kind of water intrusion is very common. It happens all over the Portland Metro area (especially in areas like Beaverton, Oregon or Battle Ground, Washington). So the question is, why is it a big deal and what should you do about it?
Water In The Crawl Space Attracts Pests
As a pest control company in the Portland and Vancouver area, we find that water underneath a home creates a very conducive condition for wood destroying insects. The moisture will soften the structural wood in your crawl space and become very appealing to insects such as termites, carpenter ants and wood boring beetles. Combine moisture and wood destroying pests and you have a problem that could escalate quickly. If you find yourself in this unfortunate position, it is best to allow a Pest Control Company to handle it.
Water In The Crawl Space Can Cause Mold
We have all heard the health concerns that are related to mold and mildew growing in your home. It is just not healthy to live an environment where this stuff is growing. Unfortunately, by the time a home owner finds out about their moisture issues in their crawl space, a lot of time has likely already gone by. This means that all that moisture has been encouraging things to grow down there. Finding the mold can be the challenging part, but once it is found it can be treated by sanding it down and treating with a mold sealant.
Water In The Crawl Space Can Compromise The Entire Structure
Not only can moisture issues under your home attract pests and create mold, it can also cause a whole host of other problems as well. This includes damages to the subfloor insulation, vapor barrier, air ducts and also the structural components that hold your home up. Granted, it can take quite a length of time before these damages start to really pile up, but why wait until then! Here is what you can do about it now…
Have Your Crawl Space Inspected For Free
New Leaf Pest Control offers free inspections and estimates for homes in the Portland, Or and Vancouver, Wa areas. We are also one of the only pest control companies in the area that do drainage related work well. We have a whole division of our company that specializes in crawl space drainage and restoration. So, whether you already are aware of moisture conditions under your home or you are just looking for a little peace of mind, please give us a call and set up a free inspection.