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Our Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri Service Area
Cities in Adams County, IA
Corning
Nodaway
Prescott

Cities in Audubon County, IA
Audubon
Brayton
Exira
Gray
Hamlin
Kimballton

Cities in Buena Vista County, IA
Albert City
Alta
Linn Grove
Marathon
Newell
Rembrandt
Sioux Rapids
Storm Lake
Truesdale

Cities in Calhoun County, IA
Farnhamville
Jolley
Knierim
Lake City
Lohrville
Lytton
Manson
Pomeroy
Rockwell City
Somers

Cities in Carroll County, IA
Arcadia
Breda
Carroll
Coon Rapids
Dedham
Glidden
Halbur
Lanesboro
Lidderdale
Manning
Templeton

Cities in Cass County, IA
Anita
Atlantic
Cumberland
Griswold
Lewis
Marne
Massena
Wiota

Cities in Cherokee County, IA
Aurelia
Cherokee
Cleghorn
Larrabee
Marcus
Meriden
Quimby
Washta

Cities in Clay County, IA
Dickens
Everly
Fostoria
Gillett Grove
Greenville
Peterson
Royal
Spencer
Webb

Cities in Crawford County, IA
Arion
Charter Oak
Deloit
Denison
Dow City
Kiron
Manilla
Ricketts
Schleswig
Vail
Westside

Cities in Dickinson County, IA
Arnolds Park
Lake Park
Milford
Okoboji
Spirit Lake
Superior
Terril

Cities in Emmet County, IA
Armstrong
Dolliver
Estherville
Ringsted
Wallingford

Cities in Fremont County, IA
Farragut
Hamburg
Imogene
Percival
Randolph
Riverton
Sidney
Tabor
Thurman

Cities in Harrison County, IA
Dunlap
Little Sioux
Logan
Magnolia
Missouri Valley
Modale
Mondamin
Persia
Pisgah
Woodbine

Cities in Humboldt County, IA
Bode
Bradgate
Dakota City
Hardy
Humboldt
Livermore
Ottosen
Rutland
Thor

Cities in Ida County, IA
Arthur
Battle Creek
Galva
Holstein
Ida Grove

Cities in Kossuth County, IA
Lu Verne

Cities in Lyon County, IA
Alvord
Doon
George
Inwood
Larchwood
Lester
Little Rock
Rock Rapids

Cities in Mills County, IA
Emerson
Glenwood
Hastings
Henderson
Malvern
Pacific Junction
Silver City

Cities in Monona County, IA
Blencoe
Castana
Mapleton
Moorhead
Onawa
Rodney
Soldier
Ute
Whiting

Cities in Montgomery County, IA
Elliott
Grant
Red Oak
Stanton
Villisca

Cities in Obrien County, IA
Archer
Calumet
Hartley
Paullina
Primghar
Sanborn
Sheldon
Sutherland

Cities in Osceola County, IA
Ashton
Harris
Melvin
Ocheyedan
Sibley

Cities in Page County, IA
Blanchard
Braddyville
Clarinda
Coin
College Springs
Essex
Northboro
Shambaugh
Shenandoah
Yorktown

Cities in Palo Alto County, IA
Ayrshire
Curlew
Cylinder
Emmetsburg
Graettinger
Mallard
Ruthven
West Bend

Cities in Plymouth County, IA
Akron
Hinton
Kingsley
Le Mars
Merrill
Remsen
Westfield

Cities in Pocahontas County, IA
Fonda
Havelock
Laurens
Palmer
Plover
Pocahontas
Rolfe
Varina

Cities in Pottawattamie County, IA
Avoca
Carson
Carter Lake
Council Bluffs
Crescent
Hancock
Honey Creek
Macedonia
Mc Clelland
Minden
Neola
Oakland
Treynor
Underwood
Walnut

Cities in Sac County, IA
Auburn
Early
Lake View
Nemaha
Odebolt
Sac City
Schaller
Wall Lake

Cities in Shelby County, IA
Defiance
Earling
Elk Horn
Harlan
Irwin
Kirkman
Panama
Portsmouth
Shelby
Westphalia

Cities in Sioux County, IA
Alton
Boyden
Chatsworth
Granville
Hawarden
Hospers
Hull
Ireton
Maurice
Orange City
Rock Valley
Sioux Center

Cities in Taylor County, IA
Bedford
Blockton
Clearfield
Gravity
Lenox
New Market
Sharpsburg

Cities in Webster County, IA
Badger
Barnum
Callender
Clare
Dayton
Duncombe
Fort Dodge
Gowrie
Harcourt
Lehigh
Moorland
Otho
Vincent

Cities in Woodbury County, IA
Anthon
Bronson
Correctionville
Cushing
Danbury
Hornick
Lawton
Moville
Oto
Pierson
Salix
Sergeant Bluff
Sioux City
Sloan
Smithland

Cities in Andrew County, MO
Fillmore

Cities in Atchison County, MO
Fairfax
Rock Port
Tarkio
Watson
Westboro

Cities in Holt County, MO
Craig
Forest City
Maitland
Mound City
Oregon

Cities in Nodaway County, MO
Barnard
Burlington Junction
Clearmont
Clyde
Conception
Conception Junction
Elmo
Graham
Guilford
Hopkins
Maryville
Parnell
Pickering
Ravenwood
Skidmore

Cities in Adams County, NE
Ayr
Hastings
Holstein
Juniata
Kenesaw
Roseland

Cities in Antelope County, NE
Brunswick
Clearwater
Elgin
Neligh
Oakdale
Orchard
Royal

Cities in Blaine County, NE
Brewster
Dunning
Purdum

Cities in Boone County, NE
Albion
Belgrade
Cedar Rapids
Petersburg
Primrose
Saint Edward

Cities in Boyd County, NE
Bristow
Butte
Lynch
Naper
Spencer

Cities in Brown County, NE
Ainsworth
Johnstown
Long Pine

Cities in Buffalo County, NE
Amherst
Elm Creek
Gibbon
Kearney
Miller
Odessa
Pleasanton
Ravenna
Riverdale
Shelton

Cities in Burt County, NE
Craig
Decatur
Lyons
Oakland
Tekamah

Cities in Butler County, NE
Abie
Bellwood
Brainard
Bruno
David City
Dwight
Linwood
Rising City
Surprise
Ulysses

Cities in Cass County, NE
Alvo
Avoca
Cedar Creek
Eagle
Elmwood
Greenwood
Louisville
Manley
Murdock
Murray
Nehawka
Plattsmouth
South Bend
Union
Weeping Water

Cities in Cedar County, NE
Belden
Coleridge
Fordyce
Hartington
Laurel
Magnet
Randolph
Saint Helena
Wynot

Cities in Clay County, NE
Clay Center
Deweese
Edgar
Fairfield
Glenvil
Harvard
Inland
Ong
Saronville
Sutton
Trumbull

Cities in Colfax County, NE
Clarkson
Howells
Leigh
Rogers
Schuyler

Cities in Cuming County, NE
Bancroft
Beemer
West Point
Wisner

Cities in Custer County, NE
Anselmo
Ansley
Arnold
Broken Bow
Callaway
Comstock
Mason City
Merna
Oconto
Sargent
Westerville

Cities in Dakota County, NE
Dakota City
Emerson
Homer
Hubbard
Jackson
South Sioux City

Cities in Dawson County, NE
Cozad
Eddyville
Farnam
Gothenburg
Lexington
Overton
Sumner
Willow Island

Cities in Dixon County, NE
Allen
Concord
Dixon
Maskell
Newcastle
Ponca
Wakefield
Waterbury

Cities in Dodge County, NE
Ames
Dodge
Fremont
Hooper
Nickerson
North Bend
Scribner
Snyder
Uehling
Winslow

Cities in Douglas County, NE
Bennington
Boys Town
Elkhorn
Omaha
Valley
Waterloo

Cities in Fillmore County, NE
Exeter
Fairmont
Geneva
Grafton
Milligan
Ohiowa
Shickley
Strang

Cities in Franklin County, NE
Bloomington
Campbell
Franklin
Hildreth
Naponee
Riverton
Upland

Cities in Frontier County, NE
Curtis
Eustis
Maywood
Moorefield
Stockville

Cities in Furnas County, NE
Arapahoe
Beaver City
Cambridge
Edison
Hendley
Holbrook
Oxford
Wilsonville

Cities in Gage County, NE
Adams
Barneston
Beatrice
Blue Springs
Clatonia
Cortland
Filley
Liberty
Odell
Pickrell
Virginia
Wymore

Cities in Garfield County, NE
Burwell

Cities in Gosper County, NE
Elwood
Smithfield

Cities in Greeley County, NE
Greeley
Scotia
Spalding
Wolbach

Cities in Hall County, NE
Alda
Cairo
Doniphan
Grand Island
Wood River

Cities in Hamilton County, NE
Aurora
Giltner
Hampton
Hordville
Marquette
Phillips

Cities in Harlan County, NE
Alma
Orleans
Ragan
Republican City
Stamford

Cities in Hayes County, NE
Hayes Center

Cities in Hitchcock County, NE
Culbertson
Palisade
Stratton
Trenton

Cities in Holt County, NE
Amelia
Atkinson
Chambers
Emmet
Ewing
Inman
Oneill
Page
Stuart

Cities in Howard County, NE
Boelus
Dannebrog
Elba
Farwell
Saint Libory
Saint Paul

Cities in Jefferson County, NE
Daykin
Diller
Endicott
Fairbury
Jansen
Plymouth
Steele City

Cities in Johnson County, NE
Cook
Crab Orchard
Elk Creek
Sterling
Tecumseh

Cities in Kearney County, NE
Axtell
Heartwell
Minden
Wilcox

Cities in Keya Paha County, NE
Mills
Newport
Springview

Cities in Knox County, NE
Bloomfield
Center
Creighton
Crofton
Niobrara
Verdigre
Wausa
Winnetoon

Cities in Lancaster County, NE
Bennet
Davey
Denton
Firth
Hallam
Hickman
Lincoln
Malcolm
Martell
Panama
Raymond
Roca
Sprague
Walton
Waverly

Cities in Lincoln County, NE
Brady
Dickens
Hershey
Maxwell
North Platte
Sutherland
Wallace
Wellfleet

Cities in Logan County, NE
Stapleton

Cities in Loup County, NE
Taylor

Cities in Madison County, NE
Battle Creek
Madison
Meadow Grove
Newman Grove
Norfolk
Tilden

Cities in Merrick County, NE
Archer
Central City
Chapman
Clarks
Palmer
Silver Creek

Cities in Nance County, NE
Fullerton
Genoa

Cities in Nemaha County, NE
Auburn
Brock
Brownville
Johnson
Julian
Nemaha
Peru

Cities in Nuckolls County, NE
Hardy
Lawrence
Nelson
Oak
Ruskin
Superior

Cities in Otoe County, NE
Burr
Douglas
Dunbar
Lorton
Nebraska City
Otoe
Palmyra
Syracuse
Talmage
Unadilla

Cities in Pawnee County, NE
Burchard
Du Bois
Lewiston
Pawnee City
Steinauer
Table Rock

Cities in Phelps County, NE
Atlanta
Bertrand
Funk
Holdrege
Loomis

Cities in Pierce County, NE
Hadar
Mclean
Osmond
Pierce
Plainview

Cities in Platte County, NE
Columbus
Creston
Duncan
Humphrey
Lindsay
Monroe
Platte Center

Cities in Polk County, NE
Osceola
Polk
Shelby
Stromsburg

Cities in Red Willow County, NE
Bartley
Danbury
Indianola
Lebanon
Mc Cook

Cities in Richardson County, NE
Dawson
Falls City
Humboldt
Rulo
Salem
Shubert
Stella
Verdon

Cities in Rock County, NE
Bassett

Cities in Saline County, NE
Crete
De Witt
Dorchester
Friend
Swanton
Tobias
Western
Wilber

Cities in Sarpy County, NE
Bellevue
Gretna
La Vista
Offutt Afb
Omaha
Papillion
Springfield
St Columbans

Cities in Saunders County, NE
Ashland
Cedar Bluffs
Ceresco
Colon
Ithaca
Malmo
Mead
Memphis
Morse Bluff
Prague
Valparaiso
Wahoo
Weston
Yutan

Cities in Seward County, NE
Beaver Crossing
Bee
Cordova
Garland
Goehner
Milford
Pleasant Dale
Seward
Staplehurst
Utica

Cities in Sherman County, NE
Ashton
Hazard
Litchfield
Loup City
Rockville

Cities in Stanton County, NE
Pilger
Stanton

Cities in Thayer County, NE
Alexandria
Belvidere
Bruning
Byron
Carleton
Chester
Davenport
Deshler
Gilead
Hebron
Hubbell
Reynolds

Cities in Thomas County, NE
Halsey
Seneca
Thedford

Cities in Thurston County, NE
Macy
Pender
Rosalie
Thurston
Walthill
Winnebago

Cities in Valley County, NE
Arcadia
Elyria
North Loup
Ord

Cities in Washington County, NE
Arlington
Blair
Fort Calhoun
Herman
Kennard
Washington

Cities in Wayne County, NE
Carroll
Hoskins
Wayne
Winside

Cities in Webster County, NE
Bladen
Blue Hill
Guide Rock
Inavale
Red Cloud

Cities in Wheeler County, NE
Bartlett
Ericson

Cities in York County, NE
Benedict
Bradshaw
Gresham
Henderson
Mc Cool Junction
Waco
York

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12330 Cary Circle
La Vista, NE 68128
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Testimonials

Dry Rot & Brown Rot in Greater Omaha Basements & Crawl Spaces

Dry rot damaging wood in Maryville

Damage from dry rot creates small, rectangular pieces of crumbling wood on the surface. Dry rot damage is often mistaken as a termite infestation.

Dry rot (also known as brown rot) is one of the most damaging forces on household wood in the world.

Approximately 20 billion board feet of timber are destroyed by wood rot in the United States each year-- far more destroyed wood than is damaged annually by fire!

Replacement wood used to repair damage caused by wood rot accounts for almost 10 percent of the annual wood production in the U.S. alone.

In the United Kingdom, dry rot problems have been credited for dealing about 150 million pounds worth of damage annually, and wood rot in general leads to about 17 billion dollars of damage each year in the United States.

Thrasher has a long history of experience in eliminating, preventing, and controlling dry rot infestations in homes throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri, including Papillion, Hastings, Columbus, South Sioux City, Maryville, Spencer, Beatrice and areas nearby. If you have a dry rot problem in your home and would like more information, call or e-mail us today for a free dry rot control estimate!

What is Dry Rot & Brown Rot?

"Dry Rot" is a term most often used to describe a particular kind of dry, cracking, rotting wood. However, dry rot occurs because of a variety of brown rot species, most notably the "true" dry rot fungus known as Serpula lacrymans. Dry rot originally got its name from the thought that it did not need water to survive, but used a fermentation process to survive. Research has long since been proven that theory untrue, and dry rot is now more appropriately called "brown rot".

Dry rot needs much less moisture than other types of wood-rotting fungi -- a wood moisture content of just 28-30% -- to survive. While there is no official proof on the subject, many contractors have observed that dry rot also will not grow on wood with too much moisture.

Protect Your Home From Dry Rot!

The Bad News
The Good News
  • While dry rot is not the most common type of rot, it can deal serious damage to your home and endure conditions that are too dry for other types of rot to thrive. In fact, up to a 75% loss in the toughness of the wood [PDF] is possible with just a 1% decrease in the wood's weight of the wood.
  • Dry rot fungus spores are present in most homes and can survive for several years, waiting for the right conditions to grow.
  • Dry rot can pull moisture from moist areas to dry areas. It grows through mortar, concrete, masonry, and behind plaster.
  • Despite its name, dry rot needs moisture to produce spores-- at least 28-30% moisture content within the wood with a relative humidity of 95% or higher. Most softwood timbers in dry homes, especially in the upper levels, have a moisture content of 12-15%.
  • Dry rot problems in basements and crawl spaces can easily be solved by controlling moisture by sealing and dehumidifying the space.
  • Treatment of the wood products such as boric acid are known to eliminate and prevent dry root fungi.

Identifying & Treating Dry Rot or Brown Rot Problems in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri

Wood severely damaged by dry rot damage in Carroll

Damage from dry rot creates small, rectangular pieces of crumbling wood on the surface. Dry rot damage is often mistaken as a termite infestation.

A common first indication of dry rot in a home is the appearance of a "red brick dust". This is actually an accumulation of fungal spores that are covering the surface, waiting for the proper conditions to start to grow.

An outbreak of dry rot commonly occurs several months after a household water event, such as flooding, bursting washing machine hoses, a failed water heater, or leaking pipes.

Dry rot is also common in vented crawl spaces and basements with groundwater flooding.

Dry rot is often not detected until the damage is already very significant. At this point, the following steps are recommended:

Steps to Dry Rot Cleaning & Repair

  1. Remove Damaged Wood: All wood that shows decay or visible fungus should be removed, as well as all wood within one meter of the visible decayed material.
  2. Remove Materials Near Damage: Plaster, paneling, linings, and ceilings around the dry rot areas can also contribute to the damage and should also be removed.
  3. Wire brush Affected Area: Using a wire brush, loose material is removed from all surfaces within 1.5 meters of the furthest edge of the infestation, including metal, masonry, and pipes. Resulting dust and debris is removed as well.
  4. Disinfect area: A disinfectant is applied to all wood, masonry, and exposed soil in within 1.5 meters from the damage.
  5. Rebuild: Substantially rot-damaged beams, joists, and posts are replaced with pressure-treated wood.

Preventing Dry Rot in a Basement: Remove all standing water sources, then install a plastic vapor barrier on the walls and floors. Install a self-draining dehumidifier powerful enough to dry the area. (At least a 100-liter model)

Preventing Dry Rot in a Crawl Space: Seal off all crawl space vents and door covers. Encapsulate the crawl space with a crawl space liner, then install a self-draining crawl space dehumidifier.

Dry Rot Alert!

Architect's Journal reports that dry rot can grow through damp mortar, concrete, masonry and behind plaster.

This makes remediation of dry rot complicated and expensive, and it can lead to future problems with dry rot if it is not treated properly.

Preventing Dry Rot Problems in Your Basement or Crawl Space

Thrasher can help you eliminate dry rot problems at their source. We can dry your basement or crawl space, eliminate flooding problems, and seal out humidity.

This not only eliminates dry rot problems, but also creates an environment that is inhospitable to mold, wet rot, and mildew, while helping to keep out termites, carpenter ants, cockroaches, crickets, and other household pests.

We offer FREE, no-obligation dry basement and crawl space quotes in our service area. We can answer all your questions and point out the sources of humidity and moisture in your home.

We service Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri, including Omaha, Lincoln, Sioux City and nearby areas such as Council Bluffs, Bellevue, Grand Island, Kearney, Norfolk, Fremont, North Platte.