Wood rot destroys about 20 billion board feet of timber each year, this is far more than the annual amount destroyed by fire damage.
Repairing wood damage in crawl spaces caused by rot, mold, and termites can seem like a daunting and expensive task.
But, if you can catch the problem before it's too far gone, it can be quickly and affordably remedied by a professional crawl space contractor.
At Ayers Basement Systems, we specialize in repairing crawl space issues of all types, including moldy or damaged wood. For a free quote, contact us today!
We serve the Michigan & Indiana area, including Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo surrounding areas such as South Bend, IN, Muskegon, Battle Creek, Elkhart, Jackson, Traverse City, Mount Pleasant and nearby.
Many homeowners and contractors repair damaged crawl space wood and consider their problem solved. Unfortunately, the problem will most likely come back, because they didn't target the source of the problem. So what did cause the rotting wood in the first place?
Before you remove and replace the wood, consider these tips:
Mold and rot can lead to potentially serious structural damage to your home if not resolved. A professional can help find the source of the problem and repair all structural damages.
There are three main challenges when inspecting the damage:
When structural wood is being fixed, the whole piece of wood needs to be replaced or reinforced, not just the damaged part.
The nature of the problem in your home isn't always clear to an untrained eye. A professional should be called in to identify what causes the damage so it doesn't come back.
Why aren't trees damaged by mold and rot? The answer to this question can help you understand something important about mold:
As mold begins to grow, it feeds on the sugars, starches, and other compounds in wood. Living wood protects itself from this kind of mold and rot damage with its bark. Bark is absent of the sugars and starches that mold eats, discouraging mold growth. When wood is cut and processed, it loses this natural layer of protection and opens the door for mold and rot growth.
Surface mold is able only to consume the sugars and starches in the wood, which does not influence the strength of the wood.
Wood rot is able to consume sugars and starches as well, but it's also able to convert the structural polymers in wood fibers to food, which weakens the wood's strength.
If you have surface mold, it can be cleaned off without having damaged your wood. Wood rot is a deeper problem that may require serious repairs.
Crawl space jack posts do more than just reinforce your rotting crawl space beams and posts -- they can also be used over time to attempt to restore your floor to its original, level position.
It's often not necessary to replace the wood when a crawl space frame shows mold damage. In these cases, we usually recommend crawl space jack posts, or crawl space supports, to repair the damage. These adjustable beams can be installed quickly under the home and to restore strength to the structure.
A new wood sister beam can be installed along the old rotted support beam to add strength.
Repairing your crawl space is not a job you want to do more than once. So to prevent future problems with mold and rot, follow these steps: