There are so many things that can cause damage or lead to potential problems in your home that it can seem almost impossible to keep up on every one of them. One often-overlooked issue in your home that can cause many problems, including attracting pests, is water vapor. To help you understand how water vapor can affect your home, here are some things to consider.
Water Vapor and Its Effects on Your Home
- Water vapor that is left to stagnate in your home can lead to mold growth. Mold growth is a serious issue that can cost you thousands of dollars in removal fees and can potentially cause health issues.
- When water vapor is present, it can cause moisture levels in the exterior wood of your home to rise to unsafe levels.
- If you get enough water vapor in one area, it is possible for the water to begin to pool. This pooling effect can lead to pests, such as ants, roaches, termites, and many other types of insects, to take up residence in your home.
How a Water Vapor Barrier Can Help Protect Your Home
Water vapor barriers create a barrier between your home and the outside elements. Many times, homeowners will have this installed in a crawl space to help control moisture exposure.
This type of barrier keeps the water out of your home, making your home less likely to be invaded by insects seeking water to live by.
A vapor barrier can also help keep the insulation in the floor of your home dry, increasing its R-value. Vapor barriers also help keep the overall indoor environment comfortable. Moisture in your home can add to the overall humidity level, causing it to feel colder than your home should in the winter months and hotter in summer months.
No one ever wants to deal with moisture in his or her home, especially when it increases the potential for problematic pests. If you are a homeowner and are dealing with excess moisture in your crawl spaces or home in general, you may want to consider a water vapor barrier.
Our team of experts is ready to help answer your questions and can even help evaluate the condition of your home's vapor barrier and insulation as it plays into attracting pests. Contact us today, and let us help you determine if a water vapor barrier may help keep you more comfortable and protect your home from pests.