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We Need Rain but Not in Our Crawlspace

undefinedNovember through January are typically pretty wet months here in East Tennessee, while it hasn’t been the case lately, and boy we could sure use some rain, we are expecting the precipitation to pick up over the season. But with increased rainfall, comes increased moisture and the potential for a wet crawl space. In addition to the increased rainfall, this time of year does bring colder temperatures which could result in burst pipes in your crawl space. And a wet crawl space could mean wood destroying fungus may develop in your home.

But what is wood destroying fungus and why should you be concerned?

  • Wood destroying fungus (fungi, plural) causes more damage to structures than all the fires, floods, and termites combined!
  • Wood decaying fungus requires four fundamentals to survive which are oxygen, favorable temperatures, water, and food.
  • Fungus occurs generally when the moisture content of wood exceeds 20 to 30 percent, coupled with optimal temperatures (32° – 90° F), an adequate supply of oxygen and a suitable source of energy and nutrients.
  • Fungus is a plant that lack chlorophyll. Unable to manufacture its own food, it feeds off of cells in the wood. The fungus secretes enzymes that break down the wood into usable food.
  • Fungi will significantly reduce the strength of the wood, if the condition continues over a period of time.

undefinedImproper ventilation and moisture issues are common causes of wood destroying fungus infestations. Often these infestations can be prevented and / or corrected by installing an ATMOX controlled ventilation system. Call Preferred Pest, Termite & Turf at (865) 234-4008 today to schedule your crawl space inspections to learn more.

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