Protect your home from costly water and moisture Issues

Is moisture affecting your home?
If so, you need to be concerned.

Moisture, wood-decay fungi and termites cause billions of dollars in damage to homes each year. Wood-decay fungi can develop and grow if there is enough moisture in a crawl space along with a lack of adequate ventilation. Excessive moisture is also attractive for infestation by termites and powder-post beetles. When moisture builds up in a crawl space, it is absorbed into the wood and foundation of the home. Fungal spores begin to grow and actually thrive when there is high humidity, When spores of wood-decay fungi are activated by excessive moisture, they grow root-like structures called hyphae. Hyphae grow into the wood and break down the fibers that give wood its strength. Termite infestations are also more likely in moist, unventilated areas. Foundation moisture, wood-decay fungi and termites can cause extensive damage to your home in just a few years.

Facts about Mold, MOISTURE and Dampness

  • Molds are part of the natural environment, and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold is not usually a problem, unless it begins growing indoors. The Key way to control mold growth is to: CONTROL and /or ELIMINATE MOISTURE. (EPA)
  • There is always some mold everywhere – in the air and on many surfaces. Molds have been on the Earth for millions of years. Mold grows where there is moisture. (CDC)

Mold and Your Health

Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. These people should stay away from areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas.


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About Mold and Moisture

Molds are living organisms that grow in damp places in your home. They stain or discolor surfaces and smell musty. There are hundreds of thousands of different types of mold.
Mold can grow almost anywhere: on walls, ceilings, carpets, or furniture. Humidity or wetness, caused by water leaks, spills from bathtubs or showers, or condensation, can cause mold to grow in your home.
Mold spores are tiny particles that float through the air. These can sometimes cause health problems. Mold does not affect everyone, and different people are affected differently when mold is breathed or inhaled.
People with allergies to mold may get:

  • Watery eyes
  • Runny or stuffed noses
  • Itching
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty breathing

Mold can also trigger asthma attacks. Some molds produce toxins (poisons) that may be hazardous if people are exposed to large amounts of these molds. Mold spores and related mycotoxins can also pose a serious health threat to individuals who have compromised immune systems.

Mold and Your Home

  • Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets can and be carried indoors.
  • Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

Solutions for your Moisture and Mold Issues

Solving the Problem

Treating existing mold and removing moisture is key to reducing the chance for mold to grow. We at Integrity Pest Solutions LLC are trained professionals who know how to remove fungus, fungi mold and eliminate its chances of survival.

1. Ventilation:

The quickest and most effective way to tackle a moisture control problem is to increase air circulation in the crawl space and allow existing moisture to escape. To improve circulation, there must be adequate cross-ventilation. This ventilation can occur only when crawl space vents are properly installed. Dodson Pest Control installs TEMP-VENT Automatic Foundation Vents to improve crawl space ventilation. The vents are designed to begin opening around 40 degrees and to be fully open at 70 degrees to prevent humidity buildup. The vents close at around 38 degrees to help prevent energy loss and freezing pipes. The vents work year-round, day and night, to automatically ventilate the crawl space of your home.

2. Moisture/Vapor Barrier

A barrier is another effective way to reduce moisture, Integrity Pest Solutions LLC will place a protective polyethylene barrier over crawl space soil to prevent naturally occurring water vapors from rising up into your home. When water vapors are contained by the polyethylene barriers, they won’t be absorbed by wood in the crawl space

3. Borates: Wood Treatment

IPS may apply an odorless liquid treatment of Borate to all exposed wood in the crawl space, in and around areas where there is wood-decay fungi. Borates assist in the prevention of future wood-decay fungal growth when moisture levels increase.

Integrity Pest Solutions LLC professionals are VPMA Certified Wood Destroying Inspectors

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If you think you have a moisture problem, call us at 804-704-0574 for an inspection and consultation.

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