During the cool winter months, many people don’t think about all of the household pests lurking outside. Things like termites, ants, beetles and more can end up invading you home without your even realizing it. This is especially true during the winter months when these pests are looking for a source of moisture. How many times do you really think about a clogged gutter or downspout in the winter? If you are like most people, that is probably the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, clogged gutters and drains can cause water to back up and begin pooling around your home. This is a welcome invitation for pests like termites and ants.
This is why it is so important to have your home inspected during the winter. Winter inspections often alert you to any flooded heating ducts, defective sump pumps, submerged electrical cables and more. Another thing these inspections can reveal is any leaking showers, toilets, sinks, washing machines, refrigerators or sewer lines. The sooner you know there is a leak in your home the quicker you can set out to correct the problem and make sure your home is protected.
Moisture is the main reason why homes become infested with pests. It is also the leading cause of fungus. Both mold and insects need water, food and air to thrive. If your home has a lot of moisture in it, these pests can end up taking over and causing a world of damage in your home. It doesn’t matter where the water is coming from. The key is being able to get rid of the water and restore your home’s integrity to prevent moisture from wreaking havoc on your environment. When you put an end to the moisture, you can put an end to the pests.
Moisture can come from any number of different places, such as aging paint, missing flashing around your windows or doors, cracks in exterior wood, incorrectly installed windows and any number of other places. Older roofs, downspouts, gutters and flashing can all cause leaks to form and pave the way for moisture to enter your home. Vegetation growth along the structure of your home can increase humidity, thus boosting the amount of moisture in the area and contributing to mold and mildew formation.
Too much moisture in your home can end up affecting more than just the structure of your property. It can also affect your health and cause you to feel ill. The smell of mold alone can often irritate your sinuses and cause you to suffer with all sorts of allergic symptoms. Not only can fungus destroy the wood in your home, but it can damage cabinets, walls and closets quicker than you realize. Mold can form behind furniture, underneath the carpeting and in other out of the way places that you might not even think about. This harmful contaminant carries airborne spores that can end up causing you to wheeze, sneeze, cough and all sorts of other problems.
The best thing you can do is to have someone inspect for leaks at least once every year. In doing so, you can protect your health and the structural integrity of your home. The last thing you want is to have a bunch of termites and other insects making their way through your home and burrowing out the wood to form a nest. Not only is this going to end up causing a lot more damage to your home, but it is going to cost you a pretty penny to fix it all. Head off the problem with an annual inspection for pests and leaks to save yourself a world of problems down the line.