Moisture in a structure will cause you problems like: construction damage, health issues and pest invasion. MIDSTATE CAN DESIGN A HEALTHY WAY TO PROVIDE MOISTURE PROTECTION WITHOUT CRAWLSPACE ENCAPSULATION
. Please contact Midstate to schedule our 4 Step Moisture Inspection for your home. Our technician will identify your problem areas, make recommendations and provide a Moisture Proposal for the unique moisture issues in your home.
While it may look neat and clean, it actually covers up the problem areas, hides the moisture issues, makes termite inspection and treatment difficult, can cause mold growth, and can cause conducive conditions for insects to populate. Midstate can assist you WITHOUT ENCAPSULATION. Please ask our technicians about any moisture concerns.
Controlling moisture in a crawlspace or basement is a 4 step process. First, Inspect and Identify problem areas. Second, Eliminate Major Moisture (gutter, drainage issues, sump pumps). Third, Moisture Prevention (moisture barrier). Fourth, Remove Moisture from the air (dehumidifier, fans, vents).
1. Inspect and Identify
Where is excess moisture coming from? gutters draining properly, ground sloping away from structure, holes in foundation, duct work or plumbing leaks?
2. Eliminate Major Moisture
Gutter extensions, sump pump, repair drainage problems
3. Moisture Prevention
Placing cover over the dirt in the crawlspace is essential for moisture control. This is called a Moisture Barrier because it keeps the moisture from the ground coming up into the crawlspace area. However, DO NOT PLACE THIS UP THE FOUNDATION WALLS!! This traps the moisture on the foundation wall causing deterioration of the foundation; prevents proper termite inspections and treatments, provides a perfect environment for mold and fungi growth, causes the crawlspace to have to be conditioned, and it covers up the problems and creates others. So, DO NOT PLACE THIS UP THE FOUNDATION WALL!!
4. Remove Moist Air
Now that the main sources of moisture have been addressed, the last area is the moisture in the air. Moist air, also called Humidity, in the crawlspace or basement areas can cause condensation on surfaces. This can lead to insect infestation, fungi growth, deterioration of wood, and other problems. There are two options for handling this. First, a quality dehumidifier that works at low temperatures, or having constant air flow to replace humid air with low humidity air. Good ventilation and fans can do this if the air outside is low humidity air. So, the best solution is to limit the moist air and remove the moisture or dehumidify it. A wood treatment can be provided if conditions cannot be fully corrected or for added protection.