At Crawlspace Medic®, we often perform dry rot repairs in Wilmington, NC. Dry rot can be a serious problem, threatening the wooden substructure of your home. As such, it’s important that crawl space owners in Wilmington, NC, understand…
- The risk that dry rot poses
- How to inspect for dry rot
- How to handle repairs
To help, we’ve compiled this quick guide to crawl space repairs for homeowners in the Wilmington area.
Note: This guide also applies to homeowners in Leland, Southport, Castle Hayne, Hampstead, Rocky Point, and the surrounding areas.
A Quick Guide to Dry Rot Repairs in Crawl Spaces in Wilmington
What is dry rot, what causes it, and is my crawl space at risk?
Dry rot is a type of wood decay caused by a fungus that feeds on healthy wood. Over time, wood becomes soft, discolored, and structurally unsound. Because dry rot cannot be reversed, crawl space repairs involve removing and replacing infested wood.
Crawl spaces in Wilmington are at particular risk of dry rot for two reasons. First, crawl spaces are prone to moisture and humidity. Despite its name, dry rot requires high moisture levels. Second, crawl spaces tend to be “out of sight, out of mind.” This allows dry rot infestations to spread without getting noticed.
How should I check to see if my crawl space has dry rot?
If you prefer the DIY route, you can inspect your crawl space for dry rot yourself. However, most people don’t want to spend an afternoon wriggling around in a damp, dark crawl space. And even if you’re willing to spend that time in your crawl space, it’s easy for homeowners to miss signs of dry rot.
That’s why we recommend getting your crawl space professionally inspected. The team at Crawlspace Medic® in Wilmington can perform a detailed inspection, including a comprehensive dry rot check. With our knowledge and experience, we offer the peace of mind you need on dry rot inspections.
How should I handle crawl space dry rot repairs in Wilmington?
Dry rot repairs require the complete removal of any infested wood. After these sections of wood have been removed, they need to be restored, replaced, or reinforced.
Improper repair can lead to serious problems. If you fail to completely remove the decayed sections, a new infestation is likely. And if you fail to properly restore, replace, or reinforce any removed sections of wood in your crawl space, your home’s structural integrity could be at risk.
Because of this, crawl space repairs should only be performed by qualified professionals. If you’re based in the Wilmington area, we recommend dry rot repair services from Crawlspace Medic®. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, we’ll ensure that all repairs are performed to an exceptional standard of workmanship.
Additional Tips for Wilmington Area Homeowners…
- You can prevent dry rot by installing a moisture barrier in your crawl space.
- Make sure to inspect your crawl space for dry rot and other damage yearly.
- If dry rot is present in your crawl space, have the repairs performed as soon as possible.
Crawlspace Medic® offers dry rot repairs throughout the Wilmington, NC area. Call (910) 726-9424 today for more info or to book an inspection.