Moisture control services are a vital resource to homeowners who live in humid climates with a lot of rain. All Eastern North Carolina homes can benefit from some moisture prevention.  We get plenty of questions about this subject. Here are a few of the most common questions about moisture control, with answers.

Q: What is moisture control?

A: Moisture control services involve removing excess moisture (humidity) from your home, especially in crawl spaces where moisture damages wood structure. To keep your home safe, both from damage and related air quality problems, our experts take humidity readings and inspect crawl spaces.  If there is a problem, they place a crawl space dehumidifier in the affected area and seal it off. This appliance will help remove excess moisture and decrease humidity in your crawl space. One month after installing the dehumidifier, our technicians will return to your home for a follow-up inspection

Q: What are the signs of a moisture problem?

A: Moisture levels should be no more than 19-20% in your crawl space wood members. Readings taken in an inspection tell you exactly what your moisture levels are. Other signs of excessive moisture include wet surfaces, peeling paint or wallpaper, wood rot, sagging floors, damage to the foundation of your home, mildew or musty odors, and doors and windows that stick when you try to open them.

Q: Why do I need moisture control?

A: Excess moisture can cause significant damage to the structure of your home through wood rot or wood-decaying fungi. Moisture problems are often in the foundation or crawlspace areas of a home, which if left untreated can cause damage that is difficult and expensive to repair. Moisture can also lead to air quality problems which affect your respiratory health. This is especially important for individuals with allergies or asthma.

Q: What are some of the moisture control options?

A: There are several routes to take to fix moisture problems, depending on the circumstances. Options may include crawl space encapsulation, ventilation systems, dehumidifiers, sump pump systems, mold and fungus treatments, insulation replacement, Borate, and moisture sensors.

Q: What causes moisture problems?

Excess moisture is caused by water being where it shouldn’t be or moisture building up over time. Cracks in your foundation, leaky pipes, heavy rains, poor insultation, or poor ventilation (air exchange rates) are common sources of excess moisture accumulation. Vast temperature differences also contribute to condensation and moisture build up. 

If you suspect a moisture problem in your home, call May Exterminating for an inspection. Our trained expert can assess the situation and take moisture readings to verify the levels for your home. If there are any problems, we’ll provide you with a treatment plan to help protect your home and your family’s health.