It must be understood that a crawlspace under a structure is a fundamental base to any home or building. The majority of crawlspaces will have moisture problems at one time or another. Wood destroying fungus causes more wood to be destroyed than fire, floods, or termites combined in the United States.
Commonly called “Wood Rot.” Wood destroying fungus requires three things to survive.
These being: oxygen, water, and food. Fungus normally occurs when the moisture content in wood exceeds 20%-30%. Since we cannot eliminate the food or air sources in our homes, the only mechanical thing we can do is eliminate the water source. Water is the natural enemy of wood. You eliminate the water source and you ELIMINATE the wood decay fungus. Wood may be weakened in a relatively short period of time. Once the brown rot has taken all the nutrients from the wood; the wood then becomes powdery and dry.
Wood may be protected from decay with a BORATE treatment, performed by a certified, licensed professional. In certain situations with relative humidity, that exceeds 60% a dehumidifier system should be installed. We install Santa Fe, WatchDog and Horizon series dehumidifier systems. These systems are rated as an industry leader for crawlspace maintenance. This will provide cleaner air and better home circulation.