What You Need to Know About Mold, Fungus and Wood Rot

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 By Jaimie Hooker

No laughing matter- it’s just a matter of time before a damp crawl space rots your floor out.

All homes are made of organic materials. Organic material is any material that was alive at one time, such as the girder in your home was once a living tree. Mold needs organic materials to eat, and the crawl space is a very popular location.

Moisture from the ground underneath a crawl space keeps wood damp, creating an ideal location for mold to grow. If left untreated, mold can eventually cause settlement issues in your home due to the wood joists and girders rotting.

Prevention is the key to fixing the problem. Even if you have the mold professional remediated, it will return. The first step is to address the cause of the mold and finding a permanent solution to prevent future fungus growth and wood rot. Once the problem is fixed mold begins to dry out, it becomes dormant and stops producing spores. The next step is to contact a professional/experienced mold remediation contractor to remove the “dormant/dead mold.”

Floors in your home that are becoming bouncy or soft are a big concern. By not preventing mold and fixing your crawl space, you’re costing yourself more money.

About the author
Jaimie Hooker is the Assistant Marketing Director at Tar Heel Basement Systems; authoring case studies, technical papers, creating and captioning photo albums and managing website content. She also oversees the organization of video testimonials, shows and events, Jaimie lives in the small town of Madison, NC with her husband, Paul, and 3 year old son, Franklin.