Wood Rot

If your floors feel like they are bouncy, uneven, and sagging, you could have a problem with the floor joists and support system underneath your house. Wooden supports can easily rot and fail in problematic crawl spaces with open vents, high humidity, and standing water. Learn how to fix these issues and shore up your crawl space supports.

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Have you been noticing that your floors seem to have a bounce to them? Are you suddenly dealing with unexpected humidity in your home? Can you smell a musty odor that wasn’t there before? These are all potential signs of wood rot in your home.

Crawl Space & Wood Rot Solutions in Virginia, Maryland, DC

Wood rot is an important problem you should try to tackle as soon as it comes up. If you have rotten floorboards or rotten joists, the problem will continue to worsen until you decide to fix it.

Are you asking how to repair wood rot in walls, crawl spaces, and foundations? The answer is to rely on an expert from JES to give you a thorough fix to your wood rotting problems.

Does This Wood Rot Look Familiar?

These pictures showcase a variety of cases of wood rot and associated problems. That includes crawl space moisture and mold, both of which can have a severe impact on your home’s structural integrity. The best way to avoid these prominent rotted floor joist problems is to contact a JES expert as soon as you notice them.

All About Wood Rot

Especially if you can’t see the rotting sections in your crawl space or foundation, it’s common to have a lot of questions regarding a rotted floor joist. How to fix a rotted wood floor? How to replace a rotten floor joist in a crawl space? Here are the answers.

Before you can learn how to repair wood rot in walls, you should understand how to discover wood rot in the first place. This is especially important if you don’t frequently visit your crawl space because you need to know when to contact a JES expert for more information.

If you’re trying to discover wood rot in your home, keep an eye out for these potential signs you’ll see around your home.

Bouncy Floors

This is possibly one of the most telltale signs of wood rot. When you move to certain areas of the house, does it feel like it bounces down, then bounces back up? This “bounciness” comes from the way the wood rot eats away at the inside of your floor joists.

If your floor ever feels like it’s not fully stable, you need to schedule a crawl space inspection with JES. The stability of your foundation is supposed to maintain your home for many years, and having a “bouncy” floor can be a very serious sign that something’s wrong.

Musty Odors

Homes have a variety of odors, some good and some bad. Not every odor means something is wrong, but a somewhat “musty” smell isn’t a good sign. That’s because it often comes from the fungus that causes wood rot or from mold growing under or inside your home.

Any time you smell a strange odor in your home, you should try to discern the causes of the odor. If you find that it’s just some burned food, it’s all well and good. However, if you can’t find the cause, you may want to contact JES to describe the smell and see whether it might be related to wood rot.

Unusual Humidity

Wood rot fungus grows because of the overwhelming humidity in a crawl space that isn’t encapsulated. Because of the way air moves through your home, that humidity can easily move up into the rest of your house, causing unnecessary humidity in your home as a whole.

Any time you’re starting to experience humidity that’s strange for the time of year or for the humidity levels outside, there’s probably a problem. Whether it’s standing water in your crawl space, a leak in your walls, or something else, that humidity can become a larger problem, and you need to get a JES expert to help.

Wood rot can almost always be attributed to some sort of overwhelming moisture in your crawl space. If you’re experiencing too much moisture in your crawl space, you can run into problems that stretch far past just wood rot.

What else can moisture do to your crawl space? These problems can easily arise with unchecked crawl space moisture.

Mold and Mildew

This is one of the most prominent issues associated with a moist crawl space. If your crawl space has too much moisture, it’s easy for mold and mildew to start growing all across your crawl space.

Mold and mildew have wide-reaching consequences. You could experience health problems and structural damage. Plus, these problems don’t just stay contained to your crawl space; they rise up to the rest of your house as well.

Because it’s so easy for mold and mildew to grow in moist crawl spaces, it’s important for you to handle crawl space moisture early. A JES foundation repair expert can not only determine whether or not you have mold but also help you deal with it.

Insects and Rodents 

Once your crawl space starts having issues with mold, the next step is almost always insects. When insects move in to feed on the mildew and mold, rodents will then start to infest the area to feed on the insects.

These insects and rodents can cause their own health problems, and it can be very upsetting to handle a pest infection. However, you can usually avoid it if you start with the problem early.

Your best bet when it comes to avoiding insect and rodent infestations is to start handling the problem early. As soon as you start to suspect you have high humidity in your crawl space, contact a JES expert for a free inspection.

A Lack of Insulation

Moisture in your crawl space very quickly starts seeping into the crawl space insulation, which is supposed to help your home stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. However, the moisture takes much of that away.

Wet crawl space insulation is difficult to clean up and replace, and it’s a great place for mold and mildew to grow. Plus, moisture reduces your insulation’s R-value, which means it’ll start working less effectively to insulate the space.

If you already have wet crawl space insulation, the only option is to replace it. A JES expert will be able to clean up and replace your wet crawl space insulation professionally.

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.

Get Help With Your Floor Rot From the Experts At JES

Floor rot is a difficult problem, but it’s not an impossible one to tackle. If you’re wondering whether or not you have rotten joists and wood rot in your crawl space, contact a JES expert for a free inspection.

The only way to tackle your floor rot problems is to understand what’s going on in your crawl space. Get your information from an expert and start fixing your home issues today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wood Rot

Wood rot can strike fear into homeowners’ hearts. What should you know about wood rot and your potential options for getting rid of it?

The phenomenon you call “wood rot” is actually a fungal infection, which can come from a variety of different fungal types. However, the thing that’s consistent throughout all of these fungal infection types is the fact that it requires moisture. For the most part, if you maintain standing water and high indoor humidity, you run the risk of encountering wood rot.

If you feel like your floors are “bouncy,” chances are that the real problem is rotting floor joists in your crawl space. Wood rot can cause wood to give much more than usual, which can lead to a “bouncy” feeling in the floor. Bouncy floor solutions typically revolve around bolstering those floor joists.

If you have a floor joist in your crawl space that’s rotten, you’re going to need to replace it. However, the extent of the replacement and the ways in which you replace the floor joist will vary depending on the exact reason for the rotting. A crawl space repair expert will be able to give you a thorough explanation.

The first step to replacing rotted floor joists in your crawl space or basement is to remove standing water. From there, you can install floor joist supports or replace the floor joists entirely. Schedule an inspection with an expert to learn more about your options.


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