Clearly, fixing dry rot in your floor joists is an incredibly difficult thing to do. Therefore, it’s a good idea to try and avoid dry rot instead. If possible, you want to make sure your home stays dry and clean; because dry rot requires a significant amount of moisture, keeping the area dry is your best defense.
How can you do that? These are a few of the ways you can proactively avoid dry rot.
Dry Out the Crawl Space
If you currently have water or high moisture in your crawl space, you need to dry it out. The longer there’s water or very high levels of moisture in your crawl space, the more likely you are to end up with serious problems.
Of course, dry rot isn’t the only serious problem you might run into. You can also end up with mold, mildew and other types of fungal infestations that seriously impact your structural integrity.
Especially if you’re dealing with standing water, it’s a good idea to get a JES expert in to help you with this. Not only can you remove the water, but you can actively dry the area out.
Seal Open Crawl Space Vents
Do you have open crawl space vents? If you do, that’s actually one of the things you should pay attention to and fix as soon as possible.
For a long time, people assumed that they needed to allow open vents in crawl spaces because it would help the area “breathe.” However, it lets in more moisture than it keeps out.
This is exactly why it’s important to seal any crawl space vents you have right now.
Encapsulate the Crawl Space
This is a full fix that can help you avoid crawl space moisture, especially if you have a dirt crawl space. Dirt crawl spaces put you at huge risk for dry rot in a wood floor, so it’s important that you pursue encapsulation.
With encapsulation, you can avoid that moisture, keeping it on the outside where it belongs. That puts you at a lower risk for not only dry rot but also other types of structural failures.
Crawl space encapsulation can be an essential fix for people who typically have high levels of crawl space moisture. That’s why JES recommends it for a variety of crawl spaces.