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Wood Rot

Wood rot is a common problem that affects many homes. Unfortunately, homeowners often fail to recognize its impact until it’s too late. 

This fungus gradually deteriorates wooden crawl space supports, resulting in sagging floors, instability, and other damage. Indiana’s humid climate can exacerbate this issue, making homes in this region particularly susceptible to its effects. 

At Indiana Foundation Service, we specialize in industry-leading crawl space encapsulation services to address this problem. We aim to eliminate the conditions promoting wood rot and provide long-term repairs. With our expertise and commitment to excellence, we are committed to helping you understand this issue and discover effective solutions. 

What Is Wood Rot? 

Wood rot is a fungal decay that affects wooden structures in damp or humid crawl spaces. The fungus (Serpula lacrymans) breaks down wooden elements, causing sagging and bouncy floors. Wood rot differs from crawl space mold as it directly attacks and weakens the wood. It appears as pale brown to black spots and can lead to other issues like pest infestations and musty odors. Identifying and repairing wood rot is vital to prevent severe damage and potential floor collapse. 

What Causes Wood Rot? 

Wood rot requires two things to survive: wood and moisture. Crawl spaces with these conditions are prone to wood rot: 

Once present, the fungus spreads quickly in moist, enclosed areas like crawl spaces. Spores enter through openings and ductwork. Even small leaks or condensation can cause wood rot. Without proper moisture control, the fungus will continue to damage wooden elements. 

Can You Fix Wood Rot? 

Yes, wood rot can be addressed and remedied, but only by adopting a comprehensive crawl space encapsulation solution. Minor cases may be managed with fungicides or replacing damaged boards, but severe infestations require professional crawl space repair. Either way, it will continue to come back again and again if you don’t seal your crawl space from external elements. 

At Indiana Foundation Service, we understand the importance of fixing the current damage and preventing the fungus from returning. Our experts will thoroughly inspect your home, identify the source of the problem, and recommend a tailored solution to protect your property in the long term. 

How to Fix Wood Rot 

Depending on the condition of the wooden joists or beams, they may need to be replaced or supported. The primary way we fix wood rot is with our SettleStop™ IntelliJack™ Crawl Space Jacks that stabilize and lift sagging floors and joists suffering wood rot. 

Here are all the steps we take to address wood rot caused by moisture: 

Choose Indiana Foundation Service for our proprietary solutions to combat wood rot challenges. Our superior products provide the best crawl space protection, surpassing those offered by big-box stores. 

Why Address Wood Rot Now 

Swiftly addressing wood rot is crucial for several reasons: 

  • Prevent Structural Damage: Acting promptly against wood rot avoids significant structural damage to your home, ensuring its stability and safety. 
  • Protect Your Investment: Safeguard your significant investment by preventing wood rot and maintaining your home’s value. 
  • Avoid Costly Repairs: Early intervention saves money, as the damage is less severe than untreated wood rot. 
  • Promote a Healthier Home: Wood rot attracts pests and contributes to poor indoor air quality, so addressing it creates a healthier living environment. 

 Choose Indiana Foundation Service and our exclusive solutions to fully protect your home and ensure long-lasting repairs. Our products are tailored to your home’s unique needs, offering unmatched protection and peace of mind. 

Contact Indiana Foundation Service for Reliable Crawl Space Solutions 

Wood rot can be challenging, but our experts are here to make the process easier for you. We begin by conducting a thorough inspection to identify any necessary repairs. Next, we develop a personalized system using our exclusive products to eliminate moisture, reinforce your flooring, and monitor your crawl space. Our solutions are the ideal way to permanently resolve wood rot. 

Safeguard your home from fungus damage. Reach out to Indiana Foundation Service for a complimentary inspection and repair estimate! Our comprehensive approach and unique products provide the most effective and long-lasting wood rot solution for your home. 


Costs vary based on the damage and necessary repairs. During a free inspection, Indiana Foundation Service experts provide an accurate breakdown of the costs. We also offer transparent pricing and flexible financing options

Untreated wood rot worsens, spreads, attracts pests, and causes structural damage. Contacting crawl space professionals at the first sign of trouble is crucial. Indiana Foundation Service offers free inspections and customized repair solutions. 

Venturing into your crawl space by yourself is not recommended. DIY repairs and big-box products are temporary and fail to address the root of the problem. Professional assessment and repair provide lasting solutions. Contact Indiana Foundation Service for a free crawl space inspection and repair estimate. 

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