When mice, rats, squirrels and raccoons move into your crawl space for any length of time, they deposit urine and feces. This in turn act as a petry dish for hazardous microbes such as viruses and bacteria. 40% of the air in your living space is drawn from the crawl space. These contaminants find their way into your living space, posing a serious health risk to you and your family. It is for this reason that a crawl space clean up is needed. It is best to leave a crawl space clean up service in the hand of specialists.
If you are willing to go the DIY route, you need to; pick up all the garbage and get rid of nonessential wood or paper scraps, including old form wood, to name a few. A crawl space awash with wood debris, such as stored shingles, can be a fire hazard as well. A decision to hire Pestcheck Pest Control, your crawl space clean up specialists is a smart, safe and resourceful way to prevent any crawl spaces from getting dirty.
Unfortunately, crawl spaces are an extremely important, but often overlooked as a part of your home. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Well, the benefits of keeping your crawl space and attic clean and well-maintained go beyond what many people realize. Having a crawl space clean up is an integral component of your family’s safety, comfort and overall ease of living!
A properly kept sub-crawl area will promote good air flow and circulation, allow easy access for electrical wiring, plumbing and duct work, protect the underside of your home from excessive levels of moisture, reduce energy costs, and prevent rodent and other pest infestations.
Preventing Pest Infestations
Mice, rats, squirrels and raccoon infestations in your crawl space can be dangerous to your family’s health and detrimental to the structure. Rodents diseases contaminate and destroy insulation and are the number one cause of electrical fires in homes.
Other pests, such as termites, carpenter ants, moisture ants and wood destroying beetles can compromise the structural integrity of a home. If unnoticed, the cost of the damage they cause can cost you a lot of money to fix.
Proper Air Circulation
Good air flow in the sub-crawl space is achieved simply by making sure you have an adequate amount of crawl space vents. Make sure they aren’t clogged with leaves and debris from the outside or by other clutter from the in the home.
Easy Work Access
You want a clean, secure, dry and clutter-free crawl space. Avoid one filled with debris, water, falling insulation, untethered wiring, detached ducting and rodent feces.
Moisture can be a home’s worst nightmare. Left unchecked, high levels of moisture in the crawl space and attic will lead to the development of:
- mold and fungi
- rotting beams and joists
- rusted/corroded electrical wiring
- damaged insulation
- pest infestations
- and even a shifting foundation.
Lower Energy Bills
Reducing energy costs is beneficial for everybody. A properly-insulated crawl space and attic can save you lots of money on your energy bill, too!
People are often unaware of the condition of their insulation. Sometimes they don’t know if they even have insulation! A thorough attic and sub-crawl area inspection will easily identify any deficiencies, allowing you to address them right away and start saving money.
The well-being of your most expensive investment (your home) can hinge upon what’s happening in your crawl space. Contact us today for an inspection.