Thanks to the high humidity that is so common in South Carolina, homeowners often find that they are dealing with unwanted moisture issues. Moisture can come into any part of your space and, when not controlled properly, can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, damage to your structure, and a variety of health problems for you and your loved ones.
Moisture in Your South Carolina Attic
Your home’s attic might be one of the places you tend to overlook because it’s primarily used for storage. But it has some vital components like part of your HVAC system, ductwork, and insulation.
Attics are generally poorly ventilated, which can lead to mold growth due to the humidity in the space. Some of the most common causes of attic moisture include:
If any of your home’s systems are venting into the attic instead of the exterior of the home, you’re adding hot, moist air into an already humid environment. This is a sure recipe for mold growth.
Lack of insulation or ventilation
You can get condensation and moisture in your attic during the winter months if it isn’t vented and insulated properly. When your heat is running in the home, and that warm air passes through the attic to hit the cool roof, it creates condensation without the proper systems in place.
You can’t control the moisture in your attic until you first identify the issue. Once you’ve accomplished this, some of the methods for moisture control include sealing leaky ductwork, adding insulation, increasing ventilation, and fixing ventilation issues.
Moisture in Your SC Crawl Space
Another place that homeowners tend to avoid is their home’s crawl space. Who wants to stick their head or body into a dark and dirty space that might be housing bugs, critters, standing water, and even mold?
But your crawl space can also impact the integrity of your structure and the health of the people who live in the home if it is infested or has too much moisture and mold. Since most crawl spaces have dirt floors, that material can allow moisture to travel up to your structure and into the living space.
There are a variety of things that can cause moisture issues in a crawl space. One is improper draining of rainwater. Others are poor insulation, plumbing leaks, a lack of ventilation, and little or no vapor barriers.
Help With Moisture Control in Your South Carolina Home
Pests and moisture in a home go hand in hand. Both can destroy your home, create unwanted health issues, and diminish your property value. At MidSouth Termite & Pest Control, our services can help rid your home of pests and prevent moisture from destroying your home. Contact us today for an assessment and to learn more about our services.