Seeing or hearing a mouse in your home can make your skin crawl. An infestation of rats is even worse. Most people are familiar with the fundamentals of rodent control: set up traps, store your food in hard-sided containers, and clean up your crumbs. Today, we’d like to explore an underrated way to control rodents: crawl space waterproofing.
Signs You Need Crawl Space Waterproofing
Crawl space waterproofing isn’t an effective way to control rodents unless your crawl space needs it. But most people aren’t so attuned to waterproofing in their crawl spaces as they are in living areas.
Here are some signs your crawl space has a moisture problem:
- Standing water
- High humidity levels
- Musty or mildewy smells
- Visible mold or mildew
Some of these signs are more severe than others. But if you notice even one of these red flags, contact a waterproofing professional as soon as you can.
How Does It Control Rodents?
Never mind the dangers a moist crawl space poses to your respiratory health or your energy bill—what does it have to do with rodent control?
Like all mammals, mice and rats need to drink water. This means that if you have an established rodent population in your home, they must be getting their water from somewhere. If you have pets, they may even be drinking from their water bowl. Or perhaps you have a leaky faucet or pipe. They just might be getting all the water they need from your crawl space.
If you eliminate all possible water sources, you eliminate the rodents!
Other Pests, Too
It’s not just mice and rats that love the dark, moist environment of crawl spaces. Crawl space waterproofing can help control other pests, too.
If you’ve noticed creepy crawlies such as cockroaches or house centipedes, they must be getting their water from somewhere too. And they don’t need standing water or a leaky faucet to drink from, either. Many insects ‘drink’ by absorbing moisture through their skin. As if you needed another reason to stay on top of your home’s moisture problem!
These pests in your home may make your skin crawl, but—unlike rats and mice—they are rarely vectors for disease. Still, their presence is trying to tell you something: your home has a moisture problem, and you should take it seriously. The waterproofing professionals at All Aspects Waterproofing are ready to help.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing for Crawl Space Waterproofing Today!
If you are ready to get a professional to waterproof your home’s basement, contact All Aspects Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.