If wood rot repair in a crawl space isn’t a homeowner’s game, then how can you fix it? A professional knows many ways to tackle wood rot. The way a specific professional will fix it varies depending on the reasons for the wood rot and the specific circumstances.
Although this isn’t a complete list of methods, it’s a good starting point. A JES expert will be able to go over potential options for your home specifically.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
This is the ideal fix for a home with a dirt crawl space floor. Dirt will always release moisture into the air. Even if you dry out the top layer as much as you can, moist soil is always only a few inches down into the floor.
Crawl space encapsulation blocks off all entrances for water, including any open vents and the dirt floor. With proper encapsulation, you won’t have crawl space moisture problems caused by warm air entering a cold-air crawl space.
If you have a dirt crawl space floor, you’re probably going to need crawl space encapsulation before you can focus on wood rot repair in the crawl space. A JES expert can help you plan it out.
Sistering Floor Joists
Although sistering a floor joist isn’t the only method of fixing wood rot, it can be an important part of it. A professional fix may include sistering certain floor joists that need more support.
This is especially important if the wood rot is just building off poor support structures in the first place. These joists would have to be strengthened anyway to maintain your home structure.
Your floor may need sistering as part of the wood rot fix, even though it’s not the end of the fix. A JES expert will let you know whether sistering should be part of the fix you’re investing in.
Replacing the Rotting Wood Floor
In extreme circumstances, the wood rot in your floor space may extend to an entire floor, causing rotten floorboards. If your wood rot has extended to floor rot, an expert may need to replace the whole floor.
Although this can certainly be annoying, it’s an important part of making sure your home stays safe. After all, you need to get rid of all the wood rot in your crawl space if you’re going to make sure it stays away.
A JES expert can help you walk through the rotting wood floor issues you’re having. From there, you can develop a customized solution.