Posts Tagged ‘basement’
10 Common access points
While many entry points are not obvious, a few are. Let’s look at a quick checklist of the more common ones:
1. Under garage doors; where the door does not meet the concrete pad. Replace the seal.
2. Crawlspace vents; repair or replace if screens are ripped or vents broken.
3. HVAC penetrations; where HVAC refrigeration lines go through the foundation and around the unit itself.
4. Hose bibs; where water line goes through foundation or wall.
5. Under first course of siding; occasionally you’ll find an opening between the sill plate and footer.
6. Door frames; openings between door frame and structure.
7. Plumbing vent cover missing or broken; reinstall or replace.
8. Under entry way doors; adjust or replace door sweep.
9. Wire/cable through wall or foundation; seal around opening.
10. Basement and crawlspace doors; seal all openings.
This information taken from an article in B&G EquipNet Technical Newsletter November 2011 by William H. Robinson, Ph.D
I would also like to state a few others that we all should be aware of:
- Never stack firewood against the house, it will attract pest including rodents, spiders and ocassional pests.
- Window screens.
- Weep holes, screens in place or repaired.
- No trees touching the home.
Here in Arizona we have all types of foundation slabs but we will basically talk about the two most prominent. Monolithic or Mono = single pour of concrete. We do also have a version of this slab called Post Tension and this basically is a mono pour with cables run through the concrete and is used to tighten the concrete – you cannot drill this slab. Post Tension slabs are usually stamped in the garage. Mono slabs only have penetrations where the plumbing pipes go through the concrete, unless there are cracks. If you ever run into crack in the slab and you are going to cover the slab with tile, call a Professional termite company to treat before you lay the tile – I hate ruining tile!
Do you have a “mystery shelf” in the back of your garage, basement, attic or shed? If so, you are among good company. Many homeowners with clogged drains, an ant issue in the kitchen, a patch of crabgrass in the yard or rooms requiring paint touch ups tend to try a bit of this, a spray of that and all of the sudden, their “mystery shelf” accumulates bottles of expired Do It Yourself products, pesticides, homemade remedies and unknown substances.
What happens to these products (also known as Household Hazardous Waste) on the mystery shelf? These products cannot simply be poured down a drain, in the backyard or thrown away in the weekly trash. Doing so can contaminate groundwater, drinking water and soil; more, the improper disposal of these DIY products can create landfill buildup and pollution. At a time when being environmentally sensitive is more important than ever before, homeowners often have little – if any – information on the proper disposal of Household Hazardous Waste at their fingertips. That is, until now.
Please visit the National Pest Management Association website below for helpful information on the proper disposal of this waste. Pestworld