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Crawl Space Moisture Control Can Keep Pests Out

Pest problems usually begin in homes that have poor crawl space moisture control. Greenshield Home & Pest Solutions has a comprehensive solution for your home’s moisture and pest problem.

The Problems If You Don't Control Your Home's Moisture

Below are the most common problems associated with moisture in your crawlspace.

Crawl Space Moisture Control

Pest Infestations

All living organisms require water to survive, including bugs and other pests. Insects seek moisture to keep their bodies hydrated to breed and multiply. Richmond, VA, is an area that has a warmer climate, which means your crawl space could become a pest breeding ground. Insects are also attracted to the darkness of your crawlspace. It offers them protection, while at night they venture further into the home in search of food.

Mold & Health Problems

Insects aren’t the only organisms that love moisture. Fungus loves to grow in a moist environment and your crawl space is its favorite environment in your home. Funguses eat dead organic materials like wood, paper, and cardboard, which makes your crawlspace an even better place for it to grow. What’s worse, fungus releases airborne spores that can make their way upstairs and cause health problems like asthma.

Higher Energy Bills

In past decades, it was customary for homes to be built with crawl space vents to reduce the amount of humidity inside. This has now caused issues for hundreds and thousands of homeowners and those problems persist today. Open vents allow outside air to get into the space below your home, this humid air then gets trapped and rises. Over time, the humid air starts rising through your floors, causing your HVAC to work harder.

Signs You Might Need Crawl Space Moisture Control & Pest Removal

Here are some of the most common signs you have excess moisture in your crawl space and around your home.

  • Musty odors
  • Increased humidity
  • Fungus and mildew growth
  • Pest infestations
  • Sagging or uneven floors
  • High energy bills
  • Siding with discoloration
  • Standing water around the foundation
  • Walls that sweat
  • Crumbling bricks

That’s not all! Some of the bugs and other critters that love crawl space moisture include earwigs, millipedes, cockroaches, rodents, carpenter ants, termites, crickets, and centipedes.

A collage with images of earwigs, cockroaches, carpenter ants, and camel crickets. All of these insects love crawl space moisture.

What It's Like Having Greenshield's Crawl Space Moisture Control Service

The brown recluse spider loves to breed and live in crawl spaces. Our crawl space moisture control prevents dangerous insects and arachnids from living in your home.

Keep Pests Out!

Dangerous pests and arachnids love the moisture and darkness in your crawlspace including Brown Recluse spiders. Greenshield will remove existing moisture and insects, then install a moisture barrier. This barrier will prevent moisture and insects from getting into your home, preventing the damage they can cause to you, your sheetrock, wood, and other structures.

A picture of a happy family. When you control the moisture in your crawlspace, mold has a harder time growing. Thus, there are no spores in the air.

Improve Your Health

When insects and mammals (rodents) invade your crawl space they urinate, defecate, and multiply. The ammonia released into the air can increase asthma symptoms and cause pneumonia. Second, mold releases spores into the air which also causes breathing problems. Greenshield’s moisture control systems will prevent mold, help ventilate the crawl space and prevent health complications.

A woman holding up 100 dollar bills. When you control moisture in your home's crawl space, the temperature in your home is more easily regulated, reducing energy costs.

Save Money On Energy

Earlier on this page we talked about how moisture in your crawl space can increase energy bills. Greenshield’s crawl space moisture barrier will ensure the moisture stays out of your home, and that the crawlspace stays properly ventilated. Without the trapped, humid air rising through the home, your HVAC won’t be working on overdrive, and you will save money on energy bills.

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Fewer Pests

Termite Prevention

Fungus Prevention/Cleaner Air

Lower Energy Costs

5 Year Warrant And Inspections

Add Home Value

An Added Layer Of Protection Against Pests

Lower humidity, sealed entry points, proper insulation and a moisture barrier all work together to create a less inviting environment for pests that like to harbor in your crawl space including termites, camel crickets, and rodents.

Lower Humidity Prevents Fungal Growth

Fungus and pests thrive in the dark, humid environment that will naturally occur in the crawl space. With proper remediation and a dehumidifier, humidity levels can be regulated to prevent these issues.

Better Air Quality

About 50% of the air you breath comes from your crawl space. With a clean, dry crawl space, you can break deep with confidence. You won’t have to worry about bad odors coming from the crawl space due to pests or be concerned your family is inhaling harmful fungus and mold.

 

An Awesome 5-Year Warranty!

Our work, products, and installed equipment are covered by our 5-year warranty. If any defects occur or equipment breaks down, we will return to repair or replace the item at no cost to you (terms and conditions of our warranty are included in the agreement paperwork for your records).

Year Inspections

We provide complimentary annual inspections to ensure your crawl space remains healthy and check for any signs of concern. Something as simple as a plumbing leak can be found during our inspection, being brought to your attention before it can cause a larger problem.

Your Home Value Will Increase!

Your home will likely be one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. When it comes time to sell your home you naturally expect that investment to pay off. Having an attractive and efficient crawl space will add visual and financial value to your home. As an added bonus, our 5-year warranty is transferrable to the new homeowners.

Also Included With Greenshield's Crawl Space Moisture Control Service

Go From This

A damaged crawlspace with moisture.

To This!

A crawlspace that has Greenshield's Dry Shield moisture barrier installed.

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We Offer Financing For Your Crawl Space Moisture Solution

We’re here to help. If you’re interested in financing you can click the apply for financing button. If you aren’t sure click the free quote button and a Pest Control & Crawlspace Moisture Professional will reach out to you as soon as possible.

Protect Your Crawlspace From Moisture In 3 Easy Steps

Give Us A Call

If you notice signs of moisture in your home give us a call for a FREE quote.

Inspection

We will come and inspect your crawlspace for moisture and pests.

Your Are Happy

Greenshield Pest Professionals will install our moisture barrier and prevention system.

Crawlspace Moisture Control FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

The easiest way to remove moisture when you’re doing it yourself is by using a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier can remove excess moisture in the air, reducing the risk of mold and mildew growth. But, a dehumidifier might not be enough if your crawl space has open vents and needs a vapor barrier installed.

Crawlspace moisture control is a multi-step process. The standard procedure includes:

  1. Spreading out a crawl space vapor barrier: Most crawl spaces benefit from having a vapor barrier installed. The vapor barrier is plastic sheeting placed on the soil that prevents moisture in the soil from seeping into the crawl space. It is recommended to consult a professional to ensure it’s installed properly and doesn’t damage your home.
  2. Crawl Space Liners and Dehumidifier: Crawl spaces aren’t fully separated from your house, which allows pests and moisture to travel into the living space. We can mitigate mold and drainage problems through a combination of liners and dehumidifiers.
  3. Ventilators: Dry crawl spaces have dry wood, and dry wood isn’t as appealing to insects, rodents, or arachnids. Installing air vents is a great way to keep the crawl space’s wood dry, but you will need to consult a professional because each home is different, and the ventilation needs to be installed custom.

If you’re seeing signs of moisture in your home or crawl space, contact us using our contact form.

Controlling moisture in your crawl space doesn’t have a set price. On average the cost is $2 to $4 per square foot, which comes out to between $1,200 – $4,000 for materials and labor. Your cost will depend on the size of your crawlspace, the materials needed, and the removal of damage and pests already there.

Luckily, Greenshield Home & Pest Solutions offers financing for your moisture control service and free quotes. Just give us a call at (804) 798-1725.

Moisture in your crawl space can sit there for months and years providing food and living space for mold and pests. The moisture can attract wood-destroying insects like carpenter ants and termites. So, not only will the moisture damage your home’s foundation, these wood-destroying insects can travel into your home’s living spaces and cause more expensive structural damage. Cockroaches and rodents can also multiply in the crawl space. These pests can urinate and release ammonia into the air which travels and increases asthma symptoms.

  1. Mold & Mildew Growth: When you have visible mold and mildew in the crawlspace, it means there is TOO much moisture. Along with mold growth, you might see a sudden spike in breathing problems due to spores the mold releases into the air. Asthma symptoms aren’t the only symptom of mold spores in the house’s living space. Poor air quality can cause pneumonia and other chronic health problems like headaches, eye irritation, and fatigue.
  2. Structural Damage: Your house’s structure is damaged when you have too much moisture. The crawl space is designed to support your home’s structure, and any damage from water puts your house at risk. If you see signs of carpenter ants or termites, more than likely it’s due to moisture in the crawl space.
  3. Visible Moisture and Odors: If you see visible moisture on the wood, studs, and joists, you might see the floors in your house starting to sag. Generally, when homeowners start to see this physical damage, the moisture causes a consistent musty smell around the lower floors of the house.

Yes, we can! Greenshield Home & Pest Solutions’ main offices are located in Ashland, VA, but we provide service to all counties and cities in Central, VA. That means your home can be in Hanover County, Richmond City, or Chesterfield County, and we can still assist you. If you live further away just contact us and we can work something out.

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