You Should Consult An Expert About Excess Moisture In Columbia Homes

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Many of our residents may not realize it, but interior and exterior moisture control is a vital component of their Columbia pest control plan. Keeping your house free from moisture buildup can go a long way to ensuring it also remains free from nastier things like mold and pests. Unfortunately, South Carolina’s climate doesn’t make controlling moisture an easy task. That’s why you may need professional help to keep your home high and dry.

What Causes Too Much Moisture Inside A Home

There are several ways moisture can get into your home. If you have a roof leak, basement leak, or a leak in a window or door, then moisture can seep into the cracks and start to rot the inside of your walls. Condensation is another big factor – especially when there’s a big temperature difference between the inside and outside of your home. When that happens, water in the air condenses and starts running down surfaces like windows and walls. Water may also find its way into your home if you have poor drainage or bad plumbing. Remember, water wants to get in, and it will always find a way. 

The Problem With Fungus and Mold 

It’s common knowledge that moisture problems can lead to mold and mildew growth inside your Columbia home. A lot of people think that just means a few black spots on the windowsills that can be washed away with a little bleach. However, this isn’t always the case. There are several species of toxic mold in South Carolina.

The most dangerous toxic mold in our area is Stachybotrys chartarum, and it thrives in water-damaged wood, drywall, and carpet. Getting an infestation of this mold can render your home unlivable until it's fully treated because it releases toxic spores into the air.  

What To Expect From Our Moisture Treatment Process 

Our moisture control process consists of several steps to both exclude and reduce moisture. To exclude, we use vapor barriers to damp-proof roofing, walls, and floors. These barriers help resist moisture diffusion and promote water runoff into appropriate channels. We also use automatic drainage systems that regulate moisture buildup by pumping out water when it reaches a certain level in vulnerable areas of your home, like basements and crawlspaces.

We also use moisture control devices such as crawlspace dehumidifiers and Temp-Vent® ventilation systems. The Temp-Vent® system is a powered ventilation system that minimizes moisture by strategically encasing the vents inside your crawlspace with small fans. These fans create negative pressure that pulls air underneath your foundation. This helps keep everything dry and solid underneath your house.

If you need help repairing moisture damage, we can take care of that too! We offer mold and fungal treatments that can help protect your health and preserve your indoor air quality. We can also get rid of degraded or water-damaged insulation around your home and replace it with fresh, new insulation that can better defend against moisture infiltration than the old, waterlogged stuff.

Professional Moisture Control From The Pros

Controlling for moisture in and around your home is vital to keeping it free from mold and pests like termites and cockroachesPests such as these thrive in moisture-rich environments, and they can do damage to your health and your home just like mold can. That’s why you need to take measures to prevent moisture buildup around your property. We can help here at The Original Bugman Pest Elimination. Our total moisture control process can ensure your home remains moisture, pest, and mold-free! So don’t wait until it’s too late – call or click today. 

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