Posts Tagged ‘homes’
From almost the dawn of man, rodents and bugs have been trying to stay close to us. Why you ask, I think the main reason is that we tend to want to stay dry and we collect things like food. Animals, bugs and us want the same things:
So when we moved into caves, they followed. When we moved into houses, they followed. So as we became smarter so did they. Bed Bugs probably were Bat Bugs to begin with, they moved into caves because we did. When we moved into houses they followed.
With that movement came pest control, OK a version of it somewhat. When early man found Bat Bugs they might have thought of moving or washing the antelope skin they were sleeping on. Da da pest control, we might never really know who was the first to step on a bug but Pest Control it is!
Those termites will find any way into the house, sometimes it just works out that it is a pipe. Originally a pretreat was done and this should work for many years, if the pretreat was done correctly. So as you are doing your monthly inspection, it would be wise to check any pipe penetrations through your foundation slab. I actually found one swarmer (reproductive) or alate termite walking around inside the shower.
It’s monsoon season here in Arizona so termites are usually a little more active, so please check your home or give us a call at 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176.
There are probably no more issues than with a monolithic or floating slabs and some would say crawlspaces are easier to see.
I would venture to say that in my opinion Post Tension is probably better, the ability to pull concrete together helps to avoid the pitfalls of cracks developing. Crawlspaces can be tricky because I have seen some that were impossible to crawl, less than 18 inches high or so many obstacles in the way. But with the right height and limited obstacles crawlspaces can easily inspected. I would suggest a yearly inspection and that inspector can also mention things like:
- water pipes leaking
- air conditioning vents on ground
- sometimes under mobile homes they leave the wheels in place, these need to be inspected as well
- pillars (block or metal) checked
- insulation falling or loose
- crawlspace access points not sealed or in place, loose or non existent metal
- dirt falling in
Anyway you get the point, yearly inspections
I truly wish everyone who builds or does work on homes would talk to one another. Here is my list of things I would want to talk about, not in any order:
- Don’t plant anything under the roof dripline, it is impossible to stop roots from heading toward your foundation.
- Leave the bottom shelf loose when building cabinets in the garage, this way I can see the expansion joint and treat it. Since the bottom shelf just sits there, is there a reason to secure it?
- Don’t install water drip or irrigation systems to close to the home, have you ever seen the inside foundation wall just corroded and calcified.
- Bear in mind that anything wood or carboard that sets on the expanion joint in the garage could be attacked by termites and that includes books.