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When moisture builds up in a crawl space, it is absorbed into the wood and foundation of the home. Fungal spores begin to grow and thrive when there is high humidity, and when spores of wood-decay fungi are activated by excessive moisture, they grow root-like structures called hyphae, which grow into the wood and break down the fibers that give wood its strength. Termite infestations are also more likely in moist, unventilated areas. Foundation moisture, wood-decay fungi, and termites and other wood destroying insects can all cause extensive damage to your home within just a few years.

 

WOOD DECAY FUNGI


Several different types of wood-decay fungi cause damage. There are those that cause brown rot, water-conducting fungi/dry rot, and white rot. With brown rot, the wood becomes brownish, and upon drying, the wood shrinks into small cubical pieces that are easily crushed into powder. Dry rot produces papery, yellowish-white fans of hyphae and whitish to black root-like structures, which also make the wood brittle. White rot gives wood a bleached appearance, and the wood becomes stringy and spongy, not brittle.

 

SIGNS OF A MOISTURE PROBLEM

Mildew and musty odors
Peeling paint and wallpaper
Sticking doors and windows
Wood rot or sagging floors
Foundation damage



We recommend install a moisture barriers. A protective polyethylene barrier is placed over crawl space soil to prevent naturally occurring water vapors from rising up into your home.



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