10% of wood production in the United States is used to repair rotting wood.
Wood rot destroys about 20 billion board feet of timber each year -- 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 an overwhelming and expensive project.
However, if you can catch the problem before it becomes too severe, it can be quickly and affordably remedied by a professional crawl space contractor.
Simply repairing mold damage is not a lasting solution. If the conditions for mold to regrow exist (moisture, warmth, and a food source), mold will simply resume growing on your new wood over time.
At MidSouth Crawl Space Solutions, we specialize in repairing crawl space issues of all types, including moldy or damaged wood. For a free wood damage quote, call or e-mail us today!
We serve the Mississippi & Louisiana area, including surrounding areas such as Baton Rouge, Madison, Brandon, Meridian, Hattiesburg, Clinton, Ridgeland and nearby.
Many homeowners and contractors make the mistake of repairing the damaged wood and calling the problem solved. But what about the cause of the damage in the first place?
Before removing and replacing rotting wood, follow these steps:
If left unchecked, rot and mold can lead to serious structural damage.
A professional can help find the source of the problem and provide a permanent repair solution.
When inspecting the damage, your contractor will have three main challenges:
In the case of structural wood, the entire piece -- not just the damaged portion -- will need to be replaced or reinforced. This is true with structural posts, floor joists, beams, and similar wood.
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 caused the damage so it doesn't reoccur.
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.
Repairing your crawl space is not a job you want to do more than once! To prevent problems with mold, rot, and pests in the future, follow these steps:
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