Mice, voles, chipmunks can find their way into cracks and holes in your foundation and feed on your insulation, compromising your home’s energy efficiency as well as leaving animal droppings that can become a health hazard. In addition, if moisture is allowed to accumulate in your crawl space due to condensation, the area beneath your home could become very attractive to insects like termites.
One good way to prevent animals and insects from getting into your crawl space and feeding on the insulation there is to install foundation vents.
About installing foundation vents
Foundation vents are small, register-sized ventilation devices that help to keep the air flowing under your house. These vents are inexpensive; they start at around $20 each. And, they are available in plastic or metal. These vents can be opened in the warmer months to improve air flow and closed in the dryer, colder winter months. The holes in the vents are small enough that mice and other creatures can’t penetrate them. And, because they keep your crawl space cool and dry, insects that thrive on moisture, such as termites, will likely by-pass your home for one with more moisture.
Adding foundation vents to your home with Kaufman’s Home Maintenance
If you’d like to see about adding foundation vents to your home and keeping your insulation critter free, Kauffman’s home maintenance can help. We offer a full range of home repair and handyman services, both on a demand basis and as a subscription service. Our home maintenance packages are designed to meet each homeowner’s particular maintenance needs and include such services as cleaning out gutters and downspouts, washing exterior windows, changing furnace filters, cleaning heating ducts and installing foundation vents. To learn more about Kaufman’s Home Maintenance Service, call 503-798-4357 or visit KaufmanHelp.com to schedule an appointment.