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Crawlspace Encapsulation Services
Dirt crawl spaces are common in many homes and present unique problems for the homeowner. Dirt, under the home, transmits humidity, odors and radon gas, and also provides rodents and insects an easy path into the upper living portions of the home. The humidity and dampness that is inherent in crawl spaces can also cause structural damage to the wood framing, carpets, floors, and walls. This environment is a breeding ground for mold, mildew, rodents, and pests, all of which present a real health concern.
What is “lurking” under your home in your crawl space? Water? Fungus? Insects? Rodents? Radon Gas? Crawl spaces can be a homeowner’s unseen, forgotten nightmare. Water and humidity can destroy the structural integrity of your home. Bugs and rodents often enter your living space through the crawl space. Ignoring the issue is not a solution. ILLINI Crawl Space and Basement Technologies using Safe Crawl™ specializes in solving this common, yet dangerous, problem.
We have designed a solution to the dirt crawl space problem. Our impenetrable 20 mils thick Safe Crawl™ liner, that is professionally sealed to the walls and overlaps onto the floor, will completely envelope (encapsulate) the dirt floor. This provides a permanent solution to the harmful effects of your crawl space and creates a conditioned environment similar to the upper living portions of your home.
Home airflow mechanics, called the “whole house effect”, is the natural airflow which travels towards the roof, creating a suction type effect on the crawl space dirt. This process will cause dampness and humidity to rise making the environment in your living space similar to that of your crawl space. Using the Safe Crawl™ liner with proper dehumidification will reduce humidity and possible mold growth throughout the home thereby making your crawl space a conditioned part of your home. It can also help dry up structural wood and framing and reduce heating and cooling costs.
A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water collecting sump pit, commonly found in the basement or crawl space of homes. Many standard pumps that are available today are inherently unreliable or cannot keep up with the volume of water. This creates potential problems in a crawl space where a failed pump can lead to a flooding nightmare.
The Water Grabber ® is our patented pumping unit that is the best in the industry. The Water Grabber® consists of a patented drilled polyethylene basin and lid with a Bell & Gossett 1/2 H.P. cast iron pump as the pumping device. This industry-leading pump can pump water at approximately 50 to 60 gallons per minute and will pump up to 1/2″ solids. Additionally, the Water Grabber® can hold two pumps, if needed, thus doubling the pumping capacity. Each Water Grabber is installed with a Grabber Pal™ alarm to alert you if the pump has mechanical problems. Battery backups are also available.
AT A GLANCE
- Water-soluble borate powder for use as a dust, liquid or foam
- The active ingredient is a borate: Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate
- Prevents and controls drywood termites, wood decay fungi, carpenter ants, old house borers and powderpost beetles
- Won’t discolor or stain wood surfaces
- Won’t corrode screws, nails and other components used in construction
- Use to treat wood in conjunction with other termite treatments, such as a termite bait application or a soil treatment (not labeled as a primary new construction termite treatment)
- Use as a replacement for fumigation or as an add-on to fumigation to provide residual protection
- Works best when wood has a higher moisture content.
- Highly effective & economical
- Virtually odorless
- For interior and exterior use
- Manufactured with a concern for the environment
A CLOSER LOOK
Tim-bor Professional is an efficient, fast and economical way to treat a structure for target pests. It can be used as a wood preservative, fungicide and insecticide on its own or in conjunction with other treatments as a supplement. Because of its application flexibility as a dust or liquid, PMPs can address many treatment niches with this single product – Tim-bor Professional can be applied as a dust, spray, foam or mist onto wood and cellulose materials or inside wall voids, cracks and crevices.
The active ingredient in Tim-bor Professional is Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (DOT), a natural mineral salt with a low mammalian toxicity and no known resistance. Tim-bor Professional has strong brand awareness and a long history of effectiveness in the marketplace. Because it is well known in the industry, it is often requested by name, delivering a strong confidence factor for PMPs.
Tim-bor Professional is available in 1.5-lb. bags, 25-lb. pails, 250-lb. drums and 1500-lb. Super Sacks.
HOW IT WORKS
Tim-bor Professional’s active ingredient is Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate (DOT), a natural borate mineral salt and micronutrient. It is manufactured for use in the form of a water-soluble borate powder. Once it’s applied in a liquid form by foaming, misting or spraying onto wood or other cellulosic materials, the borate active ingredient creates a protective envelope and remains for years of protection. Often Tim-bor Professional is dusted into places like wall voids where pests like to hide as an additional protection. When the dust gets on the insects, they clean themselves and consume the boron during the cleaning process.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND TIM-BOR PROFESSIONAL
DOT is a natural form of elemental boron, which is essential for the healthy growth of plants and believed important in human calcium metabolism. Because animals and humans simply take what they need from their diet and rapidly excrete any excess via the kidneys, DOT has a low acute toxicity. As a result, Tim-bor Professional is about half as toxic as sodium chloride or table salt (in a laboratory setting), but very effective against insects and fungi that do not have the same excretion mechanisms.
DOT maximizes the solubility, the rate of dissolution and the boric oxide content to give a borate active ingredient far superior to traditional boric acid or borax. At the levels used in Tim-bor Professional applications, it prevents pest infestation by inhibiting pest metabolism on a cellular basis. The tetrahydroxyborate anion forms a chelate complex with the cis-adjacent hydroxyl groups in the ribose sugar of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), with the cationic nitrogen of the nicotinamide moiety providing electrostatic stabilization of the chelate. In this configuration, NAD and NADP cannot be used by the dehydrogenase enzymes of glycolysis, the pentose phosphate pathway or the tricarboxylic acid pathway, and so the cellular energy generating mechanisms, including adenosine triphosphate production, are shut down.
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Help stop hidden moisture damage and reduce the threat of wood destroying insects by having Terminix® install a polyethylene barrier in your crawlspace.
Help support termite damaged or sagging flooring by having Terminix® install adjustable floor support systems in your crawl space.
Help Protect Foundations with Temp Vent
The foundation is critical to the integrity of the home. That’s why foundation ventilation is critical. Unventilated foundations are subject to built-up moisture that can eventually lead to costly damage.
Temp-Vent foundation vents help control moisture build-up and termites in crawl spaces. Temp-Vent products are designed for and available exclusively through Pest Management operators.
Temp Vent foundation vent systems help protect this critical area of the home. What’s more, ventilation can help control conditions that lead to mold, mildew, fungi, damp rot, and unhealthy air.
But there’s more. If there’s one thing termites are attracted to, it’s warm, moist, dead air environments such as those found under houses in crawl spaces or unfinished basements. Temp-Vent products have been specially designed for the pest control industry.
Temp-Vent foundation vents help to provide ventilation that can reduce moisture in these areas, which helps control termites.