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Covering Crawl Space Vents During the Winter

Winter is here, and many of us have a lot to do to prepare for it. There’s taking the snow shovels out of the garage, making sure the heaters are working properly and putting up decorations for the holidays. All of these are important tasks, but there’s another job you should do, one less commonly thought of, but just as important; closing your crawl space vents. Crawl Space's directly effect your heating, cooling and the overall health of your home. Keeping crawl space vents covered not only keeps the moisture out, but keeps the warmth in. Home owners interested in significantly reducing their heating and cooling costs are incouraced to learn more about crawl space services from Daytons Pest Control's local experts. 

Why Should You Close Your Crawl Space Vents?

Closing your crawl space vent during the winter is useful for a lot of reasons. Firstly, and this one should be obvious, it helps keep your house warm. When you’re trying to shield yourself from 30 degree weather, you want to keep the heat inside your house as much as possible, and that’s not easy with a massive gap in your foundations opening directly to the outside. Covering up that vent will certainly help keep you warm, but that’s not the only purpose it serves. Letting too much cold into your house can freeze your pipes and even lead to ice dams. Ice dams occur when the top of your house loses so much heat that the water that falls off your roof freezes before it hits the ground, creating a continually growing pile of ice at the base of your house. Closing your vents won’t immediately solve the problem of ice dams, but it’s definitely a start.

How to Close Your Crawl Space Vents?

Luckily, the crawl space vents in many houses come with their own sliding door. To close them, you simply have to slide the door shut and you’re done. If your vent doesn’t come with a door or if it’s broken, you may wish to have it fixed or get one installed. Otherwise, you can achieve the same purpose by plugging the vent with a foam block so that it is airtight. Some vents, called smart vents, are actually able to close on their own when the temperature gets too low. With a smart vent, you may not have to worry about closing your crawl space vents at all.

Closing your crawl space vents is often a very simple task, but oftern ignored because of the effort it takes to get into some crawl spaces. Although tough, dealing with the repercussions of mold, broken pipes, and increased cost of heating is not worth the gamble. Simply Request a Quote and the Dayton's team will provide you with a free estimate for any crawl space service you may need. 

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