Universal specializes in pest control, termite control, and moisture control under homes in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News and surrounding cities. We offer a complete service solution based on the needs of the home. Universal also offers fungi treatments, dehumidifiers, french drains, foundation vents, structural repairs, and poly ground cover all with a full warranty.
We also offer an exclusive Smart-Pay solution and easy payment options directly with Universal Pest & Termite.
Why is Moisture Control So Important?
Moisture is the number one reason why termites cause millions of dollars in damage each year. It is a proven fact that a home with a sustained moisture problem is more likely to generate a termite infestation and damage. The best way to help control termites in your home is to control the moisture level under your home. Moisture levels can change during the year and termites know this. As moisture levels rise termites can become more active.
What Can Moisture Problems Do to My Floors?
We already know that moisture can affect the air quality of your home. But the moisture has damaging effects on other areas of your home as well. Moisture that resides in your crawl space under your home can cause thousands of dollars of damage without making a peep. Brown rot is the silent cause of a continual moisture issue such as condensation from your air duct lines. Not only can this begin to warp the home’s flooring, but sub-flooring is also quite a hassle to repair or replace. Universal Pest & Termite offers a complete moisture control department including structural repairs if needed.
Uni-Guard Crawl Space Encapsulation:
Crawl Space encapsulation is becoming a very popular home improvement method used to solve crawl space problems. Encapsulation services in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and surrounding cities can run as much as $30,000. This is where Universal Pest & Termite comes in. We offer our exclusive Uni-Guard Encapsulation System. This program can save you thousands versus our competition. Our program comes with a full termite treatment and warranty. This is very important as your foundation will be covered and limited inspections can be made after install. People have paid thousands to have an encapsulation system removed due to a termite treatment. Our program comes with a full termite warranty as well as a full warranty on the Uni-Guard Encapsulation System.
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Wood-Rot in Crawl Space
With high levels of moisture comes wood-rot. Expect a crawl space that holds a moisture level of 19% or higher to produce wood decay and damage. If neglected, this could produce extensive damage to your sub-floor, beams and floor joist. It is important to know that moisture levels can vary depending on time of year and humidity levels outside. A home that is inspected in January can have a moisture level of 9%, but that same home in July could read 22% or higher. It is common for a termite/moisture company to recommend a fungi treatment when wood decay is present. This alone will not solve the problem, only address a symptom. A combination of having an encapsulation system installed as well as installing a dehumidifier may better suit the underlying issue. We offer a full structural repair service. We have literally repaired thousands of floor joist and beams with damage due to termites and wood decay.