No matter how wild an animal may seem, it’ll often prefer the warmth of your home more than it will the outdoors. The same can be said for many insects. Unfortunately, allowing animals and insects into your home isn’t especially sanitary. Dealing with unwanted critters can be even worse.
If insects or animals are getting into your home through a foundation crack or cracking crawl space, it’s easy to assume your local contractors would be able to help you overcome your infestation. This often isn’t the case, though. If you’re looking to reclaim your home from both water damage and an infestation, it’s important to try and understand the relationship between the two and which parties will best be able to help you with certain projects.
Why Do Cracks and Infestations Coincide?
In terms of damage to your foundation or crawl space, cracks tend to precede most other forms. Cracks serve as veritable doorways not only for water but for other unwanted presences. There’s no one reason a crack can form in your foundation, either. More often than not, it’s easiest to attribute a crack’s formation to hydrostatic pressure or soil settlement. However, most contractors will need to inspect your foundation or crawl space to determine what really broke open your home.
Some of the most common causes behind crack formation include:
- The presence of tree roots too close to your home
- Home settling or shifting
- Foundation sinking
- Natural disasters
Once a crack forms, it begins to expose parts of your home to the rest of the world. Any critters living beneath your home or in your yard will be able to detect that opening. Should the weather turn, or your home just offer them more safety than other spots, they’ll readily move in.
That said, it is possible for the critter to precede the crack. Take termites, for example. If you have termites near or in your home, you’ll likely start to see structural damage appearing in concentrated areas. As these cracks grow, more insects and animals will be able to make their way toward your home.
Can Foundation and Crawl Space Repair Contractors Treat Infestations?
The correlation between cracks and infestations has led infestations to serve as a sign of significant foundation damage. But is there anything a foundation or crawl space repair professional can do to help you overcome an infestation?
The answer isn’t as clear-cut as many would like. On one hand, contractors can readily close up a crack in your foundation or crawl space, as well as waterproof and encapsulate your crawl space. In doing so, they’ll keep most infestations from worsening. However, these professionals are experts in this particular repair field. While they do not remove unwanted pests from your home, they can help you create conditions that will deter them from coming inside.
Comparatively, exterminators have both the training and the tools to remove unwanted pests from your home. While these parties won’t be able to help you mitigate any water damage in your foundation or crawl space, they’ll be able to use traps or chemical techniques to clean out your home in no time at all.
If you are seeing signs of an infestation in your home, you’re going to want to reach out to both of the parties mentioned here. Instead of relying on a so-called “jack of all trades,” choose to work with each entity that has the expertise and experience in their fields. This is an important part of reclaiming your home.
Signs of an Infestation
It’s worth noting that a foundation or crawl space crack won’t always result in an infestation. There are signs, though, that give infestations away. If you think you may be dealing with unwanted guests in your home, try to keep an eye out for the following:
- More insects than normal
- Movement in your walls
- Unusual amounts of unidentifiable debris
- Peeling paint
- Weakened floors
- Open containers in the kitchen
- Disrupted trash
- Water damage
You’ll never quite know what kind of infestation you’re dealing with until you reach out to the professionals in your area. So why wait? Get in touch with a professional foundation and crawl space repair professional first. After a home inspection, these contractors can provide you with a free quote on potential repair services or waterproofing measures. They’ll also be able to tell you whether or not you have an infestation on your hands.
After your inspection, you’ll want to reach out to an exterminator ASAP. The faster you act, the faster you can take your home back from Mother Nature.