Wood Repairs for Underneath Your Home
The wooden substructure of your home is meant to be permanently in good condition through the life of a house. Unfortunately, a lot can change since the time the home was built and during the time you may be living in it. The wooden substructure consists of girders, sills, joists, subfloors and piers. All of these structural aspects can experience change over time.
If you’ve neglected to have your crawl space inspected, or you’re buying/selling a house, or refinancing a mortgage, you may come across wood damage, as described in the list below. Rest assured, we are capable of offering a solution that will repair your damaged wood and have it be performed as Licensed Contractors.
We test, observe and evaluate your wooden substructure for the following items, offering affordable and long lasting repairs:
- Termite Damage
- Water Damage
- Dry Rot
- Leaking Shower Pan / Bathroom and Kitchen Floors
- Improper Framing and Repairs
- Sloping or Bouncy Floors (Masonry Piers)
- The wooden substructure of your home is a perfect source for termites to eat and gorge on. Without deterrents, such as a termite treatment or a moisture barrier, termites will find the easiest food source and continue eating their way through it, until they find another easy food source.
- Termite damage is typically evidential by the way termites eat and discard their food. These little critters will create tubes, sometimes called mud tubes, that highlight the areas where they may be feasting. A good home inspector or termite company will point these out to you and recommend necessary measures. We go one more step and check on the quality of the wood to determine if it needs to be repaired or left as is.
- Generally if your home has had previous treatments, low moisture, a decent barrier and good framing, you may not be susceptible to termite damage. However, we suggest having a yearly inspection performed by us, with our Crawlspace Care Plan, or by a professional who can identify signs of termite/insect damage and offer a qualitative report.
- If termite damage is found in a home inspection report or a Wood Infestation report, we can fix it. Our seasoned carpenters know how to remove the damaged wood and replace it without hurting your timeline and your budget.
- Water and wood do not mix well. Combine those two ingredients over the course of time and you’ll greatly lose the structural integrity of it. Besides insect damaged wood, the most common type of damaged wood in the crawl space has been caused by water. Typically this is found at or near waste and supply lines from toilets, showers and sinks. Besides the places where water may be passing by through pipes, we also find damage beneath exterior doors, where residual water has made its way from the slope of a porch or deck and into the wood framing of your home.
- Over time, water will stain wood, giving the appearance that your wood has been wet at one point but did not move into the rotting stage. With well trained eyes, we can determine if your wood is damaged or simply stained and can provide clarity if or when you may be buying or selling a home.
Dry Rot and Fungi Damage
- Wood can begin to decay without any visual clues. Sometimes wood can be dry rotted when the wood itself no longer receives any further moisture from proper ventilation, or the wood over time just dries out. Since dry rot isn’t always visible, we thoroughly inspect the wood members underneath homes, probing the wood to make sure its sound.
- The opposite of dry rot would be fungi damage. With unchecked moisture in your crawl space, moisture can promote fungal growth on the wood members of the crawl space. Since fungi is a living organism, it needs to eat and grow and does so by slowing consuming the wood. Over time, this wood will lose its structural integrity, and you’re left with gross looking, damaged wood. We can evaluate the damage and let you know if we professionally think that further measures besides wood removal is necessary.
Leaking Shower Pan / Bath and Kitchen Floors
- Again, water can find its way out of supply and waste lines and into your wood when plumbing breaks down. It could be that a water line busted or a waste line connection snapped. Since you’re plumbing is beneath your shower/bathroom or kitchen, you may not notice that water has been slowly or quickly dripping onto your wood, causing fungi and water damage to occur.
- Prolonged exposure to a leaky shower pan or floor will cause the subflooring and framing beneath it to be compromised with the only solution of tearing out the floor and replacing it. Depending upon the type of shower pan or flooring you have will affect the type of repair we suggest. Generally since the shower pan, bath floor and kitchen are tiled, it would involve demoing the tile, repairing the floor and re-tiling the area back to normal. This particular solution is done all in-house.
Improper Framing and Repairs
- If you’ve had handymen, contractors or friends help do repairs underneath your home then chances are, you may have improper framing or repairs. These repairs may seem adequate during the time you’re living in the home, but having a third party inspector, such as a home inspector or even us, may reveal something different. When in doubt call us to come and review.
- The danger with improper framing and repairs is one, it could cost you money, and two, it could cause your home to be structurally compromised. Having a Licensed Contractor perform the initial work will help lessen headaches later in your home ownership. Use us for your repairs and you won’t have this problem.
Sloping or Bouncy Floors (Masonry Piers)
- Depending on the age of your home, your flooring system could begin to slope over time. With the changes in residential building codes over the years, your home could have been sufficiently to code 30 or 40 years ago, but over time, some settling has occurred. Typical indications of this is sloping of floors in areas near heavy load bearing walls, in the middle of a wider rooms and especially near fireplaces.
- We can evaluate from below, with evidence of the slope above, ways to add structural integrity back into these areas. Although not fully achievable, we can attempt to raise your floor one inch or more by installing calculated piers with permanent girders or drop sills/supports.
- Additionally, you may be experiencing a sloped floor because of other conditions affecting the wood, such as water/moisture damage, termite damage, dry rot/fungi damage or improper framing. Contact us to let us evaluate your floor and offer a realistic solution.
Schedule a Crawl Space Inspection
Moisture Remediation and Drainage
High moisture and standing water can arise for many reasons. We pinpoint the cause and provide a long term solution to protect both the indoor air quality and structure of your home.
Annual Inspections for Your Home
Your crawl space environment can drastically change over the course of year. We can help monitor your crawl space by evaluating it twice a year.