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Wood Rot

Wood rot is a pervasive issue in many homes; unfortunately, most homeowners don’t realize its impact until it’s too late. 

This fungus eats away at wooden crawl space supports, leading to sagging floors, instability, and damage. Ohio and Northern Kentucky’s humid climate can exacerbate this issue, making homes in this region particularly susceptible. 

Ohio Basement Authority specializes in providing crawl space encapsulation solutions to address this common problem, eliminating the conditions that cause wood rot and repairing the damage long-term. With our expertise and commitment to excellence, we are here to help you understand this issue and provide effective solutions. 

By reading this page, you’ll learn about identifying, preventing, and repairing wood rot in your home’s crawl space. 

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What Is Wood Rot? 

Wood rot is a fungal decay that affects wooden structures in your home, particularly in damp or humid conditions within a crawl space. 

The fungus, known scientifically as Serpula lacrymans, feeds on cellulose, breaking down wooden structural elements, which can lead to sagging floors, bouncy floors, and other issues if left unchecked.  

Wood rot and mold are often mistaken for each other. However, unlike mold, non-toxic wood rot attacks the wood directly, breaking it down and weakening the structure. 

It is visibly identifiable, with a distinctive appearance ranging from pale brown to black, and it tends to appear in spots rather than clusters, degrading wooden elements over time. 

If wood rot has taken hold in your crawl space, it is often accompanied by other issues, including pest infestations, wet insulation, and musty odors

The longer these issues go unrepaired, the more severe the damage becomes, potentially leading to a floor collapse. Swift action to identify and repair wood rot is crucial. 

What Causes Wood Rot? 

Wood rot needs two elements to take hold: wood and consistent moisture. Crawl spaces with the following conditions are conducive to wood rot: 

Once introduced, the fungus spreads rapidly in moist, enclosed areas like crawl spaces. Spores enter through openings and ductwork. Even small leaks or condensation on cool surfaces can sustain wood rot. Without comprehensive moisture control, the fungus will continue deteriorating wooden elements. 

Can You Fix Wood Rot? 

Yes, wood rot can be addressed and remedied.  

However, it is crucial to adopt a comprehensive approach to effectively tackle the issue and prevent future occurrences. While some minor cases may be managed with fungicides or replacing damaged boards, severe infestations require professional crawl space repair. 

At Ohio Basement Authority, we understand that fixing wood rot is not just about addressing the current damage; it’s about creating conditions in your home that prevent the fungus from returning. Our team of experts will conduct a thorough inspection of your home to identify the source of the problem and recommend a tailored solution to protect your property long-term. 

How to Fix Wood Rot 

Depending on the condition of the affected wooden joists or beams, they may need to be replaced entirely or shored up by other means. Our SettleStop™ IntelliJack™ Crawl Space Jacks stabilize and can help lift sagging floors and floor joists. 

Here are the steps we take to address moisture that leads to wood rot: 

By choosing Ohio Basement Authority, you opt for a team that has developed proprietary solutions specifically designed to address the unique challenges of wood rot. Our products are superior to those offered by big-box stores, ensuring you receive the best protection possible. 

Why Address Wood Rot Now 

It is vital to take swift, thorough action against wood rot for several reasons: 

  • Prevent Structural Damage: Addressing wood rot promptly can help to prevent significant structural damage to your home, ensuring its stability and safety. 
  • Protect Your Investment: Your home is a significant investment and protecting it from wood rot helps to maintain its value. 
  • Avoid Costly Repairs: Dealing with wood rot early can save you money in the long run, as the damage is likely to be less severe than if left untreated. 
  • Create a Healthier Home Environment: Wood rot can attract pests and contribute to poor indoor air quality, so addressing it contributes to a healthier living environment. 

To fully protect your home and ensure the longevity of repairs, Ohio Basement Authority and our proprietary solutions are your best choice. We have developed our products with your home’s unique needs in mind, ensuring you receive unparalleled protection and peace of mind. 

Contact Ohio Basement Authority for Reliable Crawl Space Solutions 

Wood rot can seem like an overwhelming problem, but our experts make it simple to correct. We start with a thorough inspection to map out the necessary repairs. Then, we customize a system using our exclusive products to eliminate moisture, strengthen your floor, and monitor your crawl space. Our solutions are the best way to get rid of wood rot for good. 

 Protect your home from fungus damage. Contact Ohio Basement Authority to schedule a free inspection and no-obligation repair estimate! Our comprehensive approach and proprietary products provide the most effective, long-lasting wood rot solution for your home.


Your crawl space can be a delicate and dangerous area, so we do not recommend venturing into it by yourself. DIY repairs and big-box products are temporary, can become expensive, and fail to address the root of the problem. Professional assessment and repair ensure thorough and lasting solutions. Contact Ohio Basement Authority for a free crawl space inspection and no-obligation repair estimate.

Left untreated, wood rot worsens, spreads, attracts wood-boring pests, and leads to sagging floors and structural damage. This compromises your home’s health and structural integrity. Contacting crawl space professionals like Ohio Basement Authority at the first sign of trouble is crucial. We promptly evaluate your crawl space during a free inspection and recommend customized repair solutions.

Costs vary based on the extent of the damage, whether the wood needs to be replaced, and other necessary repairs. You will receive an accurate breakdown of the costs during a free inspection with one of Ohio Basement Authority’s experts. We also provide no-obligation repair estimates, transparent pricing, and various financing options

Ohio Basement Authority Service area

Our Locations

Akron Office

429 Portage Blvd
Kent, OH 44240

Cincinnati Office

1270 Hillsmith Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45215

Cleveland Office

7950 Bavaria Rd.
Twinsburg, OH 44087

Columbus Office

2421 McGaw Rd.
Obetz, OH 43207

Dayton Office

70 Birch Alley, Suite 240
Beavercreek, OH, 45440

Dublin Office

5650 Blazer Memorial Pkwy, #124
Dublin, OH 43017