Wood damage repair in crawl spaces can seem like an overwhelming and expensive project.
However, if you can catch the problem before it becomes too severe, it can be remedied before it becomes a structural wood rot repair.
Many homeowners and contractors make the mistake of removing the wood rot and calling the problem solved. But what was the cause of the damage in the first place? Wood rot damage can be caused by excess moisture or humidity that leads to mold and a breakdown of the wood fibers.
The nature of the problem isn't always clear. A professional should be called in to identify what caused the damage. Wood rot is a deeper problem that may require serious repairs. In the case of structural wood, the entire piece -- not just the damaged portion -- will need to be replaced or reinforced.
The best way to repair wood damage is to prevent it in the first place. This can be solved by controlling moisture by sealing and dehumidifying the space. Thrasher Foundation Repair uses a combination of vapor barrier or crawl space liner with a self-draining dehumidifier, to remove unwanted moisture and prevent future incursions.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If your structural support beams are rotted, a sister beam of new wood may be installed along the old one to add structural strength. Be sure to remedy the source of wood and use treated wood to prevent a future incursion.
A lot depends on whether you're hiring a professional or doing-it-yourself. It also depends on the length and width of the wood you're replacing and the difficulty of replacement - for example, do you have to tear up the floor to access. That said, replacing floor joists in a crawlspace can cost from $100-300 per joist if you can easily access the joists. If they are insulated or have any type of covering or your pro has to go through the floor, you could be looking at $1,000 or more.
Wood rot is caused by a type of mold or fungal growth which eats away at your floor joists' strength and ultimately its load-bearing capabilities. The fungal growth that causes dry rot begins as a spore before it starts growing in high-humidity environments, such as the crawl space of your home.
In a word, "Yes." Any kind of mold or fungus spores can compromise your respiratory health. Left untreated, it can develop into wood rot and weaken the structural integrity of the home and ultimately cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.
There are many opinions out there on the internet about opening them in the Summer and closing them in the Winter. Our opinion is simple and that is close them - all the time. Seal off your crawl space from the humidity and crawling things. We go a step further by saying you should encapsulate your crawl space, entirely.
Mold can begin growing in the right conditions within 24-48 hours. And, there is up to a 75% loss in the toughness of the wood with just a 1% decrease in the weight of the wood. So, the short answer is "really quickly" if you don't take the appropriate action to remedy the situation.