Fungus, Mold, Pests
Crawl spaces are havens for an assortment of things you don’t want taking up residence under your floors. Fungus, mold, mildew, and pests are all attracted the conditions crawl spaces in Indiana harbor.
The main reason why crawl spaces attract such unwanted residents is that they are oftentimes very moist. Because crawl spaces are insulated above (under your flooring), they trap water vapor that enters, creating a moist habitat attractive to insects and things like fungus. The dark, warm conditions likewise attract inhabitants and foster the growth of fungus and mold.
Mold and other fungi can then spread to other areas of your house and possibly damage it. Some types of mold also negatively affect your home’s air quality. Black mold, in particular, is detrimental to human health and can cause long-term health problems.
Pests, likewise, won’t stay in the crawl space. They’ll find their way into your house, where you’ll no doubt encounter them.
Yes Pest offers a variety of solutions to combat mold, fungus, and moisture. Solutions we provide include:
- Mold and fungus treatment
- Vapor barriers
- Air intake systems
- Drainage systems
- Perforated piping
- Sump pumps
- Crawl space insolation
- Debris removal
Kill Mold & Fungus
Yes Pest is licensed to treat and control mold and fungus on wood and in other areas within and around crawl spaces. Treating mold and fungus can help restore a healthy living environment in your home.
Yes Pest can also change the environment of your crawl space through encapsulation, dehumidifier systems, and drainage so it’s not conducive to mold and fungus growth.
Vapor Barriers and Encapsulation
Yes Pest encapsulates crawl spaces. The Vapor barriers used in encapsulation help keep crawl spaces clean and dry. Without moisture, pests and things like mold and fungus aren’t attracted to the environment under your home.
Encapsulation refers to the process of covering floors, walls, support structures, and sometimes insulation under the floors with plastic sheeting. It’s one of the best ways to keep your crawl space dry and free of pests.
Vapor barriers are the plastic sheeting installed over the soil and up the walls and support system of your crawl space. This sheeting keeps moisture from the soil from entering the air under your home and therefore helps keep the space dry.
The plastic also helps prevent the growth of mold and fungus, as it covers the areas in your crawl space most prone to moisture and isn’t a surface on which mold grows. It also makes crawl spaces less attractive to insects and pests because it covers the soil and the potential food sources the soil provides.
Soil isn’t the only source of moisture in crawl spaces. The air in Indiana is naturally humid most of the year, air which flows through your crawl space. Water vapor in the air will collect on surfaces, also creating a moist habitat. Yes Pest assists in controlling the humidity in your crawl space through two means: air intake systems and dehumidifier systems.
An air intake system will mechanically vent air in your crawl space outdoors. This will keep the air in your crawl space from becoming increasingly humid as water vapor gets trapped. Dehumidifier systems actively draw moisture from the air and keep the air in your crawl space dry so the environment isn’t unconducive for mold and mildew growth.
Another source of moisture in crawl spaces includes rain water. Rain water can seep through vents and foundations, creating the wet habitat for pests and mold seek out. In its quest to keep your crawl space dry and safe from pests, Yes Pest also offers a variety of solutions for heavy moisture and water control. Yes Pest installs:
- Drainage systems
- Perforated piping
- Sump Pumps
Preventing water from entering your crawl pace important because, if it pools, the standing water will greatly increase the humidity in your crawl space and make the area more attractive to mold, which can not only affect your health but your home’s value and your ability to sell your property. Standing water can also contribute to rot of your home’s foundation and supports.
Besides moisture issues, crawl spaces are notorious for inefficiency. They allow warm, dry air to escape in the winter and unwanted hot air to come in during the summer. Along with encapsulation, Yes Pest can insulate your crawl space with expanded polystyrene foam insulation (commonly referred to as “Styrofoam®”). We install the foam insulation along the outer walls of the crawl space, which will reduce your energy bills.
Crawl spaces are likewise notorious for debris. Too often people throw junk under their house, and contractors sometimes leave excess construction material there. This clutter provides extra surface area for moisture and mold growth, and it can provide additional living spaces for pests. It also can make it difficult to work under your house when the need arises.
Yes Pest will remove debris from under your home, creating a clean, maneuverable environment less attractive to pests and mold. Debris removal is included with encapsulation and allows us to lay down the vapor barrier.