A vapor barrier provides a layer of protection between your home and your crawl space, and in the exceedingly moist Pacific Northwest a quality vapor barrier is a requirement. When overly damp crawlspaces begin to cause problems in your house, a vapor barrier may solve your wet atmosphere issues. Look for these red flags to determine if your home requires a vapor barrier:
You see signs of mold or mildew.
You’ve got mold and/or mildew forming on your baseboards, in dark closet corners, and in draftier areas of the home. You don’t have to spend too long searching the internet to know that moldy homes are bad news. Since a vapor barrier cuts down on moisture, it can prevent mold from forming.
You have structural issues as a result of water damage.
Waterlogged crawlspaces can weaken wood, creating an environment that can lead to infestation by wood-destroying insects like termites and wood-boring beetles. Installing a vapor barrier can be a crucial element in keeping your home free from these types of pests.
Your existing vapor barrier is aged and in need of replacement.
If a visual inspection of your vapor barrier reveals damage, consider replacing it with an Oregon building code approved, black, 6 millimeter, overlapping-the-seams-by-at-least-6-inches vapor barrier.
Contact Wildwoods Pest Control today for a crawlspace inspection and we can determine how much of a necessity a vapor barrier is in your home. Visit our Services page to learn more about our vapor barrier work.