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Wood Rot

Wood rot is an insidious issue impacting numerous households; regrettably, its severe effects are often unnoticed until considerable damage has occurred. 

This fungus targets wooden supports in crawl spaces, causing floor sagging, instability, and extensive harm. The humid environment in our area intensifies this issue, placing homes here at a higher risk. 

Foundation Recovery Systems excels in delivering crawl space encapsulation services to combat this widespread problem, effectively halting the conditions fostering wood rot and repairing the resultant damage sustainably. With our expertise and dedication to quality, we assist in comprehending this issue and offer impactful resolutions. 

By perusing this page, you’ll gain insights on detecting, preventing, and rectifying wood rot in your house’s crawl space. 

What Is Wood Rot? 

Wood rot is a fungal deterioration affecting wooden components in homes, especially in damp or humid environments like crawl spaces. 

This fungus, scientifically termed Serpula lacrymans, consumes cellulose, decomposing wooden structural parts. This leads to issues like sagging and bouncy floors if not promptly addressed. 

Often confused with mold, wood rot, a non-toxic entity, directly attacks wood, weakening the structure. 

Its visual markers range from light brown to dark black hues, typically manifesting in isolated spots rather than clusters, progressively destroying wooden elements. 

Accompanying signs of wood rot in your crawl space may include pest infestations, damp insulation, and musty smells

Neglecting these signs can escalate to more significant damage, possibly resulting in floor collapse. Immediate identification and repair of wood rot are critical. 

What Causes Wood Rot? 

Wood rot arises from two primary elements: wood and persistent moisture. Crawl spaces with these conditions are prone to wood rot: 

  • Cracks along walls and open vents 
  • Unsecured crawl space vents and deteriorated access doors 
  • Air duct leakage 
  • Subterranean springs or elevated water tables 

The fungus proliferates quickly in damp, confined spaces like crawl spaces. Spores infiltrate through vents and ductwork. Even minor leaks or surface condensation can nourish wood rot. Absent comprehensive moisture management, the fungus persists in deteriorating wooden components. 

Can You Fix Wood Rot? 

Yes, addressing wood rot is feasible. 

However, a comprehensive strategy is crucial for effectively resolving this issue and stopping future occurrences. Minor cases might be managed with fungicides or board replacements, but severe infestations necessitate professional crawl space repair. 

At Foundation Recovery Systems, we recognize that remedying wood rot entails more than just fixing the present damage; it involves creating a home environment that deters the fungus’s return. Our team conducts extensive home inspections to pinpoint the problem’s origin and propose customized solutions for enduring property protection. 

How to Fix Wood Rot 

The condition of the affected wooden joists or beams dictates whether they need complete replacement or additional support. Our SettleStop™ IntelliJack™ Crawl Space Jacks are designed to stabilize and potentially lift sagging floors and floor joists. 

Our approach to addressing moisture leading to wood rot includes: 

By opting for Foundation Recovery Systems, you choose a team with custom solutions specifically devised for the unique challenges of wood rot. Our products surpass those available in general stores, assuring top-tier protection. 

Why Address Wood Rot Now 

Prompt, comprehensive action against wood rot is imperative for several reasons: 

  • Avert Structural Damage: Timely wood rot intervention can prevent significant structural harm to your residence, assuring its stability and safety. 
  • Safeguard Your Investment: Your home represents a substantial investment; safeguarding it from wood rot helps preserve its value. 
  • Minimize Expensive Repairs: Early wood rot treatment can be cost-effective, likely incurring less severe damage than if neglected. 
  • Promote a Healthier Living Space: Wood rot can lure pests and degrade indoor air quality; addressing it fosters a healthier home environment. 

To fully safeguard your home and guarantee the durability of repairs, choose Foundation Recovery Systems and our unique solutions. We’ve tailored our products to meet your home’s specific needs, providing unmatched protection and peace of mind. 

Contact Foundation Recovery Systems for Dependable Crawl Space Solutions 

Wood rot may appear daunting, but our specialists simplify its resolution. We start with an inspection to outline necessary repairs. Then, we customize a system with our exclusive products to stop moisture, reinforce your floor, and monitor your crawl space. Our solutions are the definitive way to eliminate wood rot permanently. 

Shield your home from fungal damage. Reach out to Foundation Recovery Systems to book a free inspection and obligation-free repair estimate! Our thorough approach and exclusive products offer the most effective, long-lasting solution for your home’s wood rot issue. 


Due to the intricate and potentially hazardous nature of crawl spaces, we advise against attempting DIY repairs. Self-conducted repairs using standard store-bought products are often short-term solutions that can become costly and might not effectively tackle the core issue. For comprehensive and durable solutions, professional assessment and repair are essential. Reach out to Foundation Recovery Systems for a free crawl space inspection and a no-commitment repair estimate.

Neglecting wood rot only leads to its progression and expansion, attracting pests that bore into wood and causing structural issues such as sagging floors and overall structural weakening. This poses a risk to both the health of your home and its structural soundness. It’s critical to seek professional help from crawl space experts like Foundation Recovery Systems at the earliest indication of wood rot. We offer prompt and thorough evaluations during our free inspections and provide tailored repair strategies. 

The expense of treating wood rot varies depending on the severity of the damage, the necessity for wood replacement, and other related repairs. A precise cost estimate is provided during a free inspection conducted by a specialist from Foundation Recovery Systems. We are committed to offering no-obligation repair estimates, transparent pricing, and a variety of financing options to accommodate your needs.

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Our Locations

Cedar Rapids Location

3349 Southgate Ct SW,
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
(319) 220-5034

Central Illinois Location

2064 N Woodford St.
Decatur, IL 62526

Des Moines Location

2401 SE Creekview Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50021
(515) 373-8491

Kansas City Location

7280 NW 87th Terrace, Suite C-210
Kansas City, MO 64153
(816) 774-1539

Lee's Summit Location

211 SE State Route 150
Lee's Summit, MO 64082
(816) 774-1539

Moberly Location

1872 State Hwy M Moberly
MO 65270
(660) 202-8662

Springfield Location
3020 N. Martin Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 612-8286
St. Louis Location

1625 Larkin Williams rd.
Fenton, MO 63026
(314) 207-9995