Wood decay destroys more homes than damage from fires and termites combined. While wood-eating fungus may not be as noticeable (or creepy) as pests with legs, fungus can set up shop in the fundamental structures of your home. Left unchecked, it can whittle away your wood, threatening the structural integrity of your home and crushing its market value.
Our fungus treatment professionals offer a complimentary inspection. We’ll identify any organisms that might already have taken root in your home, and assess your home’s general vulnerability to a future fungal invasion.
We specialize in applying Timbor, which forms a protective envelope around the wood of your home, keeping out fungus and eliminating several other harmful pests. Timbor has an active borate ingredient that’s odorless, and won’t discolor wood or damage building materials.
Unlike pests with legs, fungus doesn’t crawl around your home, but rather takes the form of mold. While bugs often alert you to their presence, mold usually grows in rarely visited places within your home, making it harder to see. However, mold releases billions of spores into the air you breathe. If you find you suffer from illnesses, respiratory problems, or allergies that get better when you’re away from your house then you may have a fungus problem. Persistent, musty odors within your home are also another good indicator of a mold problem, but it usually requires a professional to determine the source.
Mold requires water to grow, so it often takes root in damp areas, like the insides of walls or ceilings that have been damaged by water or where there’s an active leak. This can be indicated by peeling or bubbling paint, discoloration, or bulging in your walls or ceilings. However, damp and humid areas (like basements) run the risk of becoming a host for mold.
There are numerous different types of wood-decay fungi, but they all share some common features. Regardless of names like “dry rot” or “wet rot,” all wood-eating fungi require a degree of moisture from their host wood. Once they’ve found a place to grow, wood-eating fungi produce enzymes that target the wood’s cellulose. Cellulose is a stiff, sturdy compound that makes up the wood’s cell walls. By feeding upon the cellulose, the fungi consumes the very essence of what makes wood such an excellent building material, leading to the “rot” in their names and causing severe damage to your home.
We offer a “moisture shield” service to protect your crawlspace from harmful mold and decay by reducing the amount of moisture entering the space. Moisture shields also create a base layer of defense against pests by eliminating their water supply.
We install powered foundation vents on one side of the house and non-powered vents on the other to create a steady flow of air through your crawl space. Ensuring your crawlspace can’t get damp protects your home against mold, rot, and insect problems.
Half the air in your home rises up from your crawl space. This means that it’s critical to ensure these drafts aren’t a fountain of mold and mildew. We perform thorough encapsulation services to ensure the internal integrity of your crawl space.
Termites are another threat to your home’s foundation, and cause more damage to homes every year than house fires. We offer a free inspection to check your home for termites, and can provide Termidor treatments to kill termites effectively.