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2 Ways Having Your Home's Crawl Space Encapsulated Helps Prevent Termite Infestations

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If your home has an open crawl space underneath instead of a basement, you may worry that the wooden supporting structures and underside of the floor are susceptible to infestation by termites. If so, consider the following ways that having the crawl space encapsulated can help keep termites from being attracted to the area, which can help to prevent an infestation.

1. Reduces the Amount of Moisture in the Space

Even if you have a door that allows access to the crawl space, not enough air will be able to flow through the area. When rain falls and snow melts, the water that penetrates the sides of the crawl space will not dry out quickly, which will keep the wooden structures moist. This constant moisture will attract termites to the area in two ways.

First, as with any animal, termites need water to survive. While searching for a new place for their colony, the termites will seek out areas that already have a readily available water source.

Second, wood that is constantly moist will soften and rot faster than dry wood. And, while termites are capable of tunneling and eating their way through dry wood, they prefer to make their homes in softened wood because it takes less effort.

When you have your crawl space encapsulated, not only are measures taken to keep water out of the area, but vents and screens are placed along the sides. These vents and screens allow for airflow that will help keep the space dryer and rob the termites of the conditions they desire.

2. Decreases the Likelihood of Mold Growth

Along with the excess moisture, your crawl space does not get much light. The combination of darkness and wetness can rapidly lead to mold growth on the wooden beams and underside of the floor. And, while you may already know this, you may not be aware that mold growth on wood will attract termites.

When mold is growing on wooden surfaces, it keeps the fibers wet, and the mycotoxins the fungi produce will soften and break down the wood even further. The secretions also make the wood taste better, so in combination with wet, soft wood, the termites are strongly attracted to areas with mold.

After considering how sealing up and venting your crawl space can help keep the termites away from the underside of your home, you may be ready to learn more about the process. If so, contact a company that offers crawl space encapsulation services for more information.

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15 July 2019