If you live down here in the south, you know just how humid summers can get. It’s like every time you step outside you instantaneously become drenched in sweat. While you’re busy dealing with sweaty pits, your house is working hard to keep humidity-induced toxins from forming under your home. The best way to combat this excess moisture? Installing an encapsulated crawl space in your home.
At its most basic level, a closed crawl system is a water vapor barrier that controls humidity and protects your house from excess moisture and all of the problems that come along with it. Think of it as the lining of a swimming pool, except inside your home.
1. Your windows are sweating
If your windows are creating a ‘sweaty’ mess around your home, then you have too much moisture in your home. Sweaty windows mean that water vapor has moved along the edges of the glass and is causing condensation on the panes. Keep in mind that if condensation is forming on your glass, it’s probably forming inside your walls, too.
2. Musty smelling basement
The worst smell in the world (behind rotten eggs of course) is a musty smelling basement. Not only is the scent unpleasant, but it can also cause some gnarly toxins to form in your home. And remember, the air that’s underneath your home is the same air you’re breathing up top!
Mold forms when there is high humidity, condensation, and water leaks happening in your home. Since your crawl space or basement is likely the biggest offender of these moisture-induced occurrences, they’re the first place that’ll grow mold. However, water vapor can easily move through all types of materials-including porous concrete-so it’s only a matter of time before mold begins to grow in other areas of your home.
4. You have an insect infestation
There are many reasons for insects making your home their own, but the biggest reason is because they have access to moisture. Bugs love wet environments and are attracted to all sorts of standing water and humidity. Why do you think mosquitoes come out to play after a rainstorm? From sweating windows to soft and separating floors, a moisture-rich home is a perfect place for bugs to hunker down for the season.
Do you have any of these signs lurking around your home? It might be time to give us a call. At Bug House, we know that every home is unique, so we’ll work with you to design a customized solution that fits your home’s needs. Reach out to us here to schedule your free in-home inspection and estimate, or just give us a buzz. 706-309-0881