Top 5 Reasons You Should Have Your Crawlspace Inspected

When’s the last time you took the time to crawl under your home, flashlight in hand, ready to inspect every nook and cranny. Ready to battle spiders, muck and  tight spaces?  You’re not alone, most people that I ask this question just laugh at me or they tell me they went down there once, last Christmas, because that’s where the storage tote full of ornaments is stashed.  Most home owners don’t even realize it’s something they SHOULD be doing, or why it would be so important. So we’ve put together a list of the Top 5 Reasons You Should Have Your Crawlspace Inspected.  #1 Your Plumber, HVAC Guy and Electrician are all great, but are not paid to keep things structurally sound. They install things where you want them, get things routed from A to B and trim whatever is in the way. What they don’t do is tell you that they created more costs for you in the long run – because those supports and connections they cut through are important for the structure and stability in your home.  #2 Your Sprinkler System Might be an Issue. Have you ever stopped and really inspected your home sprinkler system, specifically to see if the water is constantly being directed towards your home? Rain water typically falls straight down, however a sprinkler shoots a concentrated jet. If this water is constantly directed towards your home it can wreak havoc on moisture levels in a crawlspace. This increases your chances of having

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Is it Dry Rot or Wet Rot? How to tell the difference.

Wood Rot can seem scary and confusing if you don’t know what you’re looking at or how to treat it. It spreads quickly, can quickly deteriorate the structure of your home and invites all sorts of pests and bacteria into your living space.  Ew.  Even worse? There are different kinds of wood rot ( wet and dry) and the lingo can seem overwhelming when all you REALLY want is an answer on what you’re looking at and how to treat it.  The Short Answer: Wet Rot is typically crumbly and moist.  Dry Rot is typically in long, split sections.  The Long Answer: Both forms of rot are due to fungal growth. However these different species of fungus require very different living environments and thus create very different problems for a home owner.  Dry Rot: Dry rot is a misnomer. This type of rot isn’t completely dry nor due to dry conditions. However, it does require considerably less moisture than your traditional wet wood rot.  Dry rot is formed when a type of wood eating fungus forms. The technical term for this fungus is Serpula Lacrymans. This fungus is considered to be one of the most destructive invaders to wooden constructed buildings ( per Serpula Lacrymans Fundamental Biology and Control Strategies ) and is capable of very aggressive spread relatively quickly.  Dry Rot fungus (Serpula Lacrymans) feeds exclusively on cellulose found in wood and only requires approximately 20% to 40% moisture levels in order to thrive. This type of fungus sends

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