Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by Brad Wazlavek
Wood rot is a nasty thing, and it happens more often than you might think. DryZone started out in the crawlspace drying business. The initial goal was to remove moisture from a crawlspace to prevent mold and allergens. Wood rot was sort of a fringe benefit of crawlspace encapsulation. The photo in this blog shows just how serious the problem can get. Wood rot is also the reason why DryZone installs SmartJacks instead of wooden 4x4 supports.
When the humidity gets too high, the wood in the crawl space will soak it right up. High moisture content in the wooden beams is one of the first things DryZone inspectors check for. Most beams start out a little wet, after all they are stored in a lumber yard. But once the beam gets to around 30% moisture saturation, wood rot is a big possibility. In fact, most of the moisture meters used by our inspectors have a numbers gauge next to a "green, yellow, red" light bar. It is an easy way for the homeowner to relate to the technical data. If you see red on the moisture probe, this means there's a problem that needs to be dealt with.
Once moisture has destroyed your wood, it is time for replacement. DryZone is the only true foundation contractor anywhere on the Delmarva Peninsula. Our inspectors will show you exactly how these problems are fixed, and also how to prevent structural problems from ever happening again. Call today for a free crawlspace inspection and estimate for SmartJack crawl space support system installation to repair and prevent sagging floors and symptoms of foundation settlement.