Homeowners in the Carolinas can face a litany of environmental hazards for their home. We have written extensively here on pest issues and how Nelon-Cole helps protect your home and business from those dangers, but problems underneath your home can lead to some unexpected dangers for your home and your family.
WHY A CRAWLSPACE?
Many homes in the Carolinas are built using this technique. Others may be concrete slab (no crawlspace at all) or a basement (the potential problems here deserve an article of their own, another day!). A crawlspace foundation home is the most common construction type. It is often more economical and requires less maintenance than a basement foundation, yet still provides easier access for maintenance and upkeep than a slab foundation home. In most cases, you can find the larger parts of your AC / heating system in the crawlspace, as well as plumbing, ductwork, and electrical wiring here. Most crawlspaces simply leave a plain dirt floor - which can cause problems - as you will see...
a dirt floor crawlspace common to the Carolinas
WHAT PROBLEMS MIGHT ARISE?
By far the biggest enemy of your home apart from pests is water, and your crawlspace is the perfect area to draw in this moisture. A typical crawlspace is cool, moist, and dark - a perfect breeding ground for harmful mold and mildew. Most think that they are actually safer during the summer months. However, when your air conditioning system is working overtime to keep your family cool, the ductwork underneath your house is condensating, producing moisture that, if not properly accounted for, can lead to - you guessed it - mold and mildew.
Most of us simply don't bother to routinely have a look underneath our homes into the crawlspace. After all, that is where ghosts, dead bodies, vicious insects, snakes, venomous rats and all other manor of scary vermin hang out. That means that any potential problem can quickly get out of hand before you even know it. Mold and mildew can even grow inside your ductwork. This is the air that is being blown through the vents in your living space, the air you breathe. This can lead to significant health and breathing problems, and you likely won't even know why it is happening.
our technicians know exactly what to look for underneath your home
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?
Believe it or not, our team of technicians thrive in this environment - we fear no crawlspace! Nelon-Cole technicians have both the training and the tools to diagnose any potential issues before they might lead to costly repairs. We offer mold remediation to take care of any existing mold issues. We can perform an effective and permanent crawlspace encapsulation that can virtually eliminate any future moisture issues in your crawlspace. Other crawlspace remedies include sump pumps and dehumidifiers that can keep the area beneath your home as dry as a bone. As a bonus, our technicians aren't just looking for moisture and mold problems, but also for any signs of pest damage or infestations; we can alert you to a variety of issues that might be affecting your home. With our quarterly maintenance plans, you can be sure that you always have a fresh set of eyes looking out for your best interest. As the saying goes - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
encapsulation wraps your crawlspace area in a protective polymer that water can't penetrate
CALL AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU SEE!
With a quick free phone call to Nelon-Cole, you can be on the phone with a qualified technician who may be able to diagnose some issues right over the phone, and can help judge whether a visited is warranted, or if you are in the clear. We will never try to sell you services you don't need - that isn't how we have earned our reputation as the most trusted pest and moisture control company in the Carolinas. If you see potential problems, smell bad air, see standing water, or any other pest or moisture related signs, call us TODAY and put our expertise to work for you! Call 888-7-TheWeb or visit us online at www.NelonCole.com