Dry rot in a crawl space can result in thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. It can also threaten the structural integrity of your house. So if you live in Charleston, SC, and if your home has a crawl space, you should have a basic understanding of crawl space dry rot and crawl space dry rot repair.
This short guide from the experts at Crawlspace Medic® will tell you what you need to know about dry rot in your crawl space, including:
- What dry rot is
- How to inspect for dry rot
- What it takes to repair dry rot damage
Note: While written for residents of Charleston, this guide also applies to homeowners in Mt Pleasant, James Island, North Charleston, Summerville and the surrounding areas.
A Quick Guide to Dry Rot Repairs in Crawl Spaces in Charleston
What is dry rot? And why is my crawl space at risk?
Dry rot is a type of wood decay, which is caused by a fungal infestation. The fungus feeds on cellulose and hemicellulose — elements that give wood its stiffness and strength — causing wood to become soft and unstable. Dry rot cannot be reversed, and if allowed to spread, it can inflict severe damage on wooden structures.
Despite its name, dry rot starts when wood is exposed to excess moisture for long periods. This puts crawl spaces in Charleston at high risk of dry rot without moisture protection.
How can I tell if there’s dry rot in my crawl space?
To check for dry rot, you’ll need to perform a thorough inspection of your crawl space. All wood elements will need to be inspected, especially in moisture-prone areas. Dry rot typically results in a dark brown or gray discoloration, and the wood will be unusually soft, spongy, or brittle.
While its possible to check for dry rot yourself, this can be a long and uncomfortable job. And if you don’t know what to look for, it’s easy to miss signs of dry rot. Instead, we recommend that Charleston area homeowners hire a professional crawl space inspection service, like Crawlspace Medic®.
How should I handle crawl space dry rot repairs in my home in Charleston?
Dry rot repairs involve removing and restoring the rotted section of wood. Minor repairs may involve sanding out a patch of rotted wood and applying an epoxy filler. Larger repairs may require the wholesale replacement and/or reinforcement of structural components.
Regardless of their extent, dry rot repairs in Charleston should never be taken lightly. If even a small amount of rot is allowed to stay, it can spread to other elements, causing several thousand dollars’ worth of damage. And if structural elements need to be replaced, this needs to be performed by a qualified contractor.
At Crawlspace Medic®, we make crawl space dry rot repairs easy for homeowners in Charleston. We’ll make sure your crawl space receives any necessary repair work from highly skilled and highly qualified Licensed Contractors.
Additional Crawl Space Dry Rot Tips for Charleston Area Homeowners…
- Have your crawl space inspected for dry rot annually.
- Prevent dry rot with a functioning moisture barrier.
- If you find dry rot, have it repaired as soon as possible!
Crawlspace Medic® offers dry rot repairs throughout the Charleston, SC area. Call (803) 851-5963 today for more info or to book an inspection.