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Rotten Wood: The Causes and Best Solutions

Why do You have Rotten Wood in Your Crawlspace?

rotten wood repair companyIf you see rotting wood in any of the support beams and posts in your crawlspace, it most likely means that you have a moisture problem. Excess moisture in your crawlspace can be a major factor contributing to wood rot that leaves your crawlspace’s structural integrity compromised. Water seepage is common in crawlspaces, since they are located underneath the surface of the ground, often below or even with the water table. Water is just one of the main factors that causes crawlspace wood rot.

There are four main elements that need to be present in order for wood rot to occur:

  • Wood
  • Oxygen
  • Warmth
  • Moisture

When combined in your crawlspace, these conditions result in the growth of fungi, which is what causes your wood to rot. That is why mold and wood rot are problems that are often seen hand in hand in Alabama crawlspaces. Only once you get rid of the actual fungus can you stop wood rot from reoccurring. Removing moisture without actually getting rid of the already present fungus is not a permanent solution for rot.

Aside from removing all traces of the rot-causing fungus, the only one of the four essential conditions for rot that can be effectively controlled is moisture. That is why moisture control is the best way to get rid of rot in your crawlspace.

We Can Get Rid of Wood Rot in Your Crawlspace

crawlspace wood rotThe first step in fixing your crawlspace is to have a rotten wood repair company get rid of rotted wood to remove the fungus and make sure it does not spread. This can be done by removing rotted wooden crawlspace beams and support posts and replacing them with long-lasting solutions that will not result in more wood rot.

For this aspect of the repair process, we offer crawlspace piers, floor supports, and floor joist repair options. Crawlspace piers can replace rotted support post and are made of steel, ensuring that they will not suffer from wood rot. We use only high-quality floor supports to replace and repair crawlspace beams and to keep wood rot from coming back.

We also offer mold removal to take care of any mold or mildew that might have appeared in the crawlspace. Not only will this service, which utilizes a technique known as mold soda blasting, removes mold from surfaces in your crawlspace, it will also clean crawlspace surfaces to get rid of harmful organisms.

Moisture Control to Keep Wood Rot from Coming Back

The most important step in rotted wood repair is to make sure that it does not come back. This can be done by implementing moisture control systems around your home. We offer the following solutions for complete moisture control in your Alabama crawlspace:

  • Surface Drainage: surface drainage involves various techniques used to prevent water from pooling in your yard. Water that is left to pool in your yard can slowly seep through the concrete foundation and into the crawlspace – keeping this water from doing so protects your crawlspace from wood rot.
  • Exterior Waterproofing: exterior waterproofing options like French drains and waterproof foundation membranes keep water from seeping through foundation cracks or soaking into the porous concrete walls of your home’s foundation. This reduces the amount of water that can enter your home in the first place, lowering the chances of crawlspace moisture.
  • Interior Waterproofing: If water does get in through your foundation, it is important to remove it right away to prevent high humidity and moisture levels in the crawlspace. The interior waterproofing system removes basement and crawlspace water, primarily, with the use of a sump pump system.
  • Crawlspace Encapsulation: this is the most vital step in protecting your crawlspace from wood rot. In the encapsulation process, a plastic vapor barrier is installed all along interior crawlspace surfaces. This barrier prevents water from seeping through the crawlspace walls and keeps out water vapor to prevent moisture entry.

Because all of these solutions reduce the amount of moisture that is allowed to enter and remain in your crawlspace, they help prevent wood rot from occurring. Contact our professional waterproofing and crawlspace repair team today to get help repairing the rotten wood in your crawlspace and ensure that your home is structurally sound. We offer free estimates for crawlspace vapor barrier encapsulation, mold removal and more in the state of Alabama. We are your number one rotten wood repair company in nothern Alabama and southern Tennessee.

Mold Damage Repair – Have You Heard of Soda Blasting?

mold damage repair alabamaHave you noticed increased allergy symptoms or respiratory issues for anyone in your family? While springtime does tend to bring on seasonal allergies, some of these symptoms could be caused by something else – mold. If there is a mold problem in your basement or crawlspace, the mold spores will get into the air, which then circulates throughout your entire home. If you or a family member breathes in these spores, it could lead to a variety of different health problems.

Mold Health Problems and Mold Damage

If there is a mold issue in your home, you or your family members might notice an increase in asthma symptoms or other health problems such as: red eyes, itchy throat, headaches, tightness in chest, or a persistent cough.

However, mold can also cause other issues in your home. Mold forms best on damp to wet surfaces that are porous, such as wood or concrete in a damp basement. When it grows on these surfaces, it can lead to wood rot over time, compromising the structural integrity of the wood support structures in your basement or crawlspace. In addition, mold growth and mildew on your basement and crawlspace surfaces can cause unsightly stains to form. Mold is also a sign of a moisture problem in your crawlspace. If there is mold in your crawlspace or basement, there is a good chance you will see some of the following issues as well:Mold Soda Blasting AL

  • Wood rot or metal rust
  • Damp or wet insulation
  • Condensation on pipes
  • High humidity
  • Water stains
  • Pooling or standing water
  • Musty odors

If you do see any of the issues listed above, carefully check your crawlspace for mold growth and contact the team at Affordable right away. We offer mold remediation with a technique called mold soda blasting for all of your mold damage repair needs in Alabama.

Soda Blasting for Mold Damage Repair in Alabama

While you may not have heard of soda blasting, it is Affordable Foundation and Home Repair’s preferred technique for mold removal. There are a few key steps to the soda blasting mold removal and remediation process that we offer here at Affordable:

  1. First, our team will come to your home and examine the scope of the damage in your crawlspace or other mold-infected area. We offer free estimates once we have performed an inspection to give you an idea of what repairs and cleanup will entail.
  2. After the inspection, we can begin the mold remediation process. For mold remediation, we use a mold soda blasting technique. This involves blasting highly pressurized baking soda at mold-covered surfaces in the crawlspace to remove mold and clean the surfaces.
  3. After blasting the area with baking soda, we vacuum the entire area and wipe it down to ensure that all traces of mold spores have been eliminated.
  4. If there are contaminated porous materials in the crawlspace, we will remove these to keep a mold problem from reoccurring in your home.
  5. Some final steps involve the application of a long-lasting odorless fungicide and a non-toxic anti-microbial sealer to all of the cleaned and treated porous surfaces in the crawlspace.

These are all the steps that we take to get rid of mold problems in your home. However, this process does not fix whatever was causing the mold problems to arise in your home. There are some additional steps that you can invest in yourself to keep mold from coming back in the future:

  • Reduce Humidity: Many mold problems are caused by high levels of humidity in the crawlspace of a home. Consider installing a dehumidifier to lower humidity levels or closing off vents in the crawlspace so that humid outside air is not allowed to come inside.
  • Improve Drainage: You can also improve the drainage around your home by cleaning gutters, lengthening downspouts, and fixing the grading of landscaping around your home to ensure it slopes away from the foundation. You may also want to invest in surface drainage systems from Affordable, especially if you frequently have problems with standing water in your yard.
  • Invest in Waterproofing: In addition to mold removal, we offer a variety of different exterior and interior waterproofing services for residents of Alabama. We can install exterior waterproofing such as French drains or interior waterproofing such as sump pumps to keep your basement or crawlspace dry and mold-free.
  • Encapsulate Your Crawlspace: One of the best ways to prevent mold from coming back in your crawlspace is to utilize our crawlspace encapsulation service. With this service, we install a vapor barrier in the interior of your crawlspace that seals moisture out and keeps the area dry.

To learn more about any of these options for mold damage repair in your Alabama home or business, call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair today. Our team has years of experience and is locally owned. We also offer financing options for Alabama homeowners. Our number one goal is your health, safety, and satisfaction – call us today to find out more about our mold soda blasting services for your Alabama home or business.

Crawlspace Mold Remover – Mold Soda Blasting

Should You Hire a Professional Mold Remover?

black mold removal alabamaMold can be a dangerous issue if it starts to infect your crawlspace. If you see evidence of mold in your home, it is important to take care of it as soon as possible. This requires finding an effective mold remover option. Here at Affordable Foundation and Home Repair, we offer mold soda blasting for professional mold removal and remediation.

Mold removal can be a difficult process. If there is a small amount of mold in a mold-prone area (bathrooms and kitchen or mudroom sinks may develop mold spots since they are usually wet), you may be able to remove it yourself. Sometimes, soap and water will do the trick. However, stubborn mold may require a bleach solution for removal. Be sure to wear gloves when using bleach to clean mold and to remove the mold entirely. If any mold spots are missed, the area could become reinfested. Be sure to thoroughly clean and dry mold-prone areas in your home to prevent a mold issue from developing in the first place.

For more serious mold problems, you should always contact a professional. For example, mold growth is common in basements and crawlspaces, since these parts of the home are often damp and dark. Mold in basements or crawlspaces might appear on drywall, studs, subflooring, or the beams and posts that hold up your floors. If you have mold growing in these areas, or if the area of mold growth is larger than 10 sq. foot, call our mold remediation team right away.

The Most Effective Mold Remover – Mold Soda Blasting

To ensure that the mold-infected are is completely cleaned, we use a process called mold soda blasting. This method uses baking soda blasted at a high pressure to abrasively remove mold growth and simultaneously clean the area. First, our team will inspect the moldy area. Then, our specialists will use high-pressure baking soda blasting to completely remove mold and leave the entire area clean. Once the mold is removed, the residue is vacuumed up and the area is wiped down to ensure thorough removal. There are several benefits to choosing baking soda blasting for your mold remover of choice, including the following:

  • The baking soda kills mold contaminants and provides complete spore removal to prevent a reinfestation of mold.
  • mould remover - mold soda blastingMold blasting is also a quicker process than hand scrubbing, meaning your crawlspace will be back to normal in no time.
  • This method works well for irregularly shaped areas such as crawlspaces.
  • Mold blasting with baking soda is an eco-friendly solution that does not involve harsh chemicals.
  • Baking soda leaves the crawlspace or other area of the home smelling and looking clean and fresh.
  • The baking soda is a very fine abrasive, meaning that it will not damage surfaces in the crawlspace during the removal process.

These are just a few of the reasons that contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of mold soda blasting for crawlspace mold removal. Be sure to examine your home for signs of mold to determine if you are in need of mold soda blasting services.

Why Bother with Mold Removal for Your Alabama Home?

Mold is a fungus that typically grows in moist, dark areas. When it grows on wood and other materials in your home, mold starts the biodegradation process. This means that it starts breaking down the material that it is growing on. This is a major issue if mold grows in your crawlspace or basement, where it can start decomposing wooden structural supports, drywall, or other surfaces and objects in your home. Not only can this damage property and possessions that you store in your basement or crawlspace, but it could also cause structural damage.

Mold can also cause other issues in your home. The spores of many types of mold cause allergic reactions, respiratory issues, and other health problems in some people. If these spores are released into the air in your crawlspace, they may end up circulating throughout your house. This happens because much of the air in the upper levels of your home comes from the crawlspace or basement of your home. If mold-infected air from the crawlspace makes its way to the living spaces in your home, you might notice the following symptoms:

  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Sore throat
  • Red eyes or blurry vision
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Worsened allergies or asthma symptoms
  • Stuffy nose or nasal itching
  • Lightheadedness

If you or your family members are experiencing any of these issues, you may have a mold problem in your home. You can also examine your crawlspace or basement for visible signs of mold growth or for a musty odor, which is commonly associated with mold and mildew.

If you do find any signs of mold, call us today. Our team of expert mold removers will work to make your home safe and healthy once again.

 

Crawlspace Mold Problems and Solutions in Alabama

Crawlspace Mold in Alabama

Have you started to notice a musty odor in your home? Have your allergies become more severe – coughing, watery eyes, sore throat? If so, there could be a crawlspace mold problem in your home.

It is not uncommon for mold to grow in Alabama crawlspaces. Even though this mold may be i the crawlspace of your home, it can infect the air that you and your family breathes throughout the entire home. That is because air from the crawlspace circulates through the home – up to 40% of air on the first floor comes from the crawlspace. This is due to the fact that air flows from the ground up in homes, known as the “stack effect.”

crawlspace mold problems in AlabamaNow that you know why mold in the crawlspace is a problem, it is time to determine whether or not you have a mold issue in your home. Aside from noticing mold-related symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, red eyes, and sore throats, you might also notice signs of mold in your crawlspace or basement itself:

  • Musty odors
  • High levels of humidity
  • Damp walls or floor
  • Condensation on pipes
  • Rotting wood or rusting metal
  • Visible mold or mildew

These are all indications that your crawlspace has a moisture issue that is causing mold growth. If you notice these signs on your home, call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair for a solution right away.

Get Rid of Crawlspace Mold in Your Home

How do we get rid of the mold in your home? First, we use a method called mold soda blasting to strip mold off of all surfaces in your crawlspace. By blasting baking soda at a high-pressure, we are able to remove mold and disinfect the area. The baking soda is both abrasive enough to remove the mold and gentle enough not to harm surfaces.

Once this step is complete, we can install a crawl space vapor barrier. These are made from plastic or foil sheeting designed to keep out water. The vapor barrier is installed along the entire interior of the crawlspace. They can also be paired with interior drainage and surface drainage methods to expel water that has made its way inside. Surface drainage techniques like installing proper downspouts and grading the yard around the foundation reduce the amount of water that can seep inside. Interior drainage with a sump pump system helps remove water during flooding and heavy rains to keep the area dry.

We can find the right solution to remove crawlspace mold from your Alabama home. Call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair to get rid of mold and mildew in your basement or crawlspace in the Birmingham and Huntsville, AL areas.

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