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Moisture Control: Vents to Moisture Barriers From Leo's Pest Control

High moisture levels in and around your home can cause a variety of problems from attracting pests, creating mold and mildew to structural damage. Leo's Pest Control has many years of experience in moisture control, and you can count on us to make sure your home is safe from the dangers of high moisture levels using vents, moisture barriers and other solutions.

Moisture Control and Pests
Pests and wildlife are attracted to food, shelter, and moisture, and if your crawl space has high moisture levels, these unwanted guests will move in at the first opportunity. Spiders, ants, and other bugs are a nuisance and do pose some health risks, but termites also flourish in moist conditions. Termite infestations can cause significant and costly damages to your home, and as long as the moisture is there, they will continue to destroy your home. Reduce the moisture levels and you minimize the risk of attracting pests.

Moisture Control and Mold/Mildew
Mold and mildew thrive in moist areas and can easily contaminate the air that you and your family breath. The spores from mold can cause a broad range of health problems. Mold and mildew have been shown to cause allergic reactions, respiratory problems, nervous system problems, and even depression.

Most of us have worried about the air we breath outside more than the air we breath in our homes but environmental studies have shown that the air inside your home can be more toxic than the air outside. Since most of us spend over half our time in our homes, the danger can be significant if mold and mildew aren't controlled.

High moisture levels can be dangerous to you and your family's health, but they can also be a danger to the health of your home. Moisture creates fungi in addition to mold and mildew, and that fungi can destroy the wood in the structure of your home over time. The structural damage from fungi can be extensive and costly if it isn't identified and corrected as soon as possible.

How Leo's Controls Moisture
Moisture control begins with making sure your crawl space has adequate air circulation. Proper air flow keeps crawl spaces dry by allowing moisture to escape and the best way to get that air circulating is with Temp-Vents. Temp-Vents are automatic foundation vents that give you the levels of air flow needed to keep your crawl space dry.

The vents are installed in existing openings and new openings with additional vents may need to be cut if your crawl space requires more ventilation. These vents are designed to open automatically and close depending on the outside climate to make sure your home stays dry when it's humid and warm when temperatures drop.

Once your crawl space has good air circulation, the next step is to have a moisture barrier installed.
The soil inside your crawl space can contain a high level of moisture and a barrier, a durable polyethylene material, keeps the moisture out of your home and in the soil where it belongs. These low moisture conditions will help prevent mold, mildew, fungi and make your crawl space less inviting to a range of pests.

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