If concerned about moisture problems in your crawlspace, call us today!As part of our service, whether, One Time treatments, Quarterlies or Termite work we will provide you with a complete and thorough inspection of your home and crawlspace. This is due to the fact that not many customers venture into their crawl spaces and seldom have any idea of the condition they are in. We consider it our responsibility to bring to your attention any issues that may be found.
Aside from insect related damage, one of the main issues we discover in crawlspaces is moisture related problems. Moisture is a conducive condition for mold, and fungus. Fungus is often found attacking the exposed wood of homes within the crawl. Homeowners often don’t realize the extent of damage that can be done, over time, by these types of organisms. When conditions are right, they can spread rapidly and wreak havoc, costing homeowners thousands of dollars in structural damage.
Fungus (fungi, plural) is a plant that lacks chlorophyll. Unable to synthesize their own food, they feed off of cells in the wood. The fungi secrete enzymes that break down to wood (into usable food) and can significantly reduce the strength of the wood. It is estimated that Wood-Decay Fungi (found throughout the United States) causes as much, if not more, damage to homes as termites. While the average moisture content of wood is between 13-17 percent, fungus generally occurs when the wood moisture content exceeds 20 percent, coupled with mild temperatures.
Non-Decay Fungi. Sap-staining fungi leave wood with a bluish, bluish-black, gray or brown stain color.
Surface-staining fungi (mold and mildew) leave the surface of the wood with a powdery or fuzzy appearance that varies in color. Though sap and surface-staining fungi do not significantly reduce the structural strength of wood, they are considered precursors to wood-decay fungi.