Why Standing Water and Moisture Is Your Nashville Home’s Worst Enemy

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Water is important. It is one of the building blocks of life. When it is properly channeled, it quenches your thirst, fills your tub, and makes your grass grow. When it isn't channeled properly, it can cause damage to your Nashville home and create conditions that allow pests to invade.

Every home has a gutter system because gutters are really important. When torrential rain hits your roof, your gutters carry all of that water down and away from your foundation walls. This works to prevent water from getting into the gaps and cracks in your exterior. People who construct homes know how dangerous water can be to a home; that is why we have gutters. Here are some of the ways water can cause pest problems.

When water moistens the wood of a home, it can lead to wood rot, which makes the wood attractive to termites, carpenter ants, rodents, and other pests that chew on the inside and outside of wood.

Pests that chew on the outside of wood make holes in door and window frames and other spots on your exterior. This creates more holes for rainwater to get in. It also gives your home holes that other pests can get in through.
Pests that chew on the inside wood, like termites and carpenter ants, can weaken support timbers and cause serious damage to the structure of your home.

Pests that don't damage wood can cause other issues inside your Nashville home when they get in through holes created by wood-damaging pests. Some will damage your carpets, drapes, bedding, clothing, and other fabrics. Some will get into your stored foods and contaminate them. Some will spread harmful bacteria and diseases. Some bite or sting. There are many issues that can arise from a pest infestation.

Along with softening wood and causing wood rot that is attractive to pests, moisture also dampens the ground near your home. This invites a wide range of creatures to come near your Nashville home. A moist environment is perfect for pests such as spiders, mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, silverfish, earwigs, and many others. One of the keys to a pest-free home is keeping the foundation perimeter of your home dry. A dry perimeter will have fewer pests.

Another way to have fewer pests around your Nashville home, and fewer pests trying to get into your home, is with Perimeter Plus Pest Control from All-American. Perimeter Plus comes with routine barrier treatments and coverage for over 47 different Nashville pests. When pests come to invade your Nashville home—and they will—make sure your perimeter is protected with Perimeter Plus.

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