Specialized Services

Let Cook’s help protect your home’s foundation and subflooring with proper ventilation and moisture barrier.

Proper ventilation and the installation of a moisture barrier are important to preserving the wood foundation and subflooring of your home. Wood damage in homes due to wood-destroying insects, which are attracted to damp wood, is a serious problem and causes approximately $1 billion in damage annually. Cook’s offers two effective ways to reduce the risk of damage.

Temp-Vents
Temp-Vents are the premier automatic foundation vents used as a defense against excess moisture in crawlspaces of homes and buildings. Once installed by a Cook’s professional, Temp-Vents open and close automatically depending on air temperature, allowing the proper amount of air to circulate under the structure. No electricity is needed.

Additional Temp-Vent features:

  • Savings in heating costs
  • Dual screens on both sides to prevent pest entry into the crawlspace
  • Enhanced value and beauty of your home
  • Lower risk of frozen water and sewer pipes
  • Convenience and peace of mind knowing vents open and close automatically in response to changing temperatures

For crawlspace moisture reduction in unusual situations, Cook’s also offers the Power Temp-Vent. This vent provides forced ventilation to non-ventilated areas and is controlled by an electric humidostat or thermostat.

Moisture Barriers
The installation of a moisture barrier and proper foundation ventilation are important to preserving the wood foundation and sub-flooring of your home.

The installation of a Cook’s moisture barrier in the crawlspace will cause soil moisture to condense on the underside of the barrier and return to the soil. This reduces condensation on floor joists, sub-flooring and other structural timbers that lead to attack by wood-destroying insects.

A Cook’s moisture barrier is professionally installed in 70 to 80% of the crawlspace, allowing wood to dry slowly, minimizing warping and cracking. Each barrier is made of 6-mil polyethylene and is non-transparent, a combination proven to provide protection over the years and reduce barrier deterioration.

For a free evaluation to determine if your home needs Temp-Vents and/or a moisture barrier, contact your local Cook’s office.