Termite Repair and Dry Rot

We provide complete wood repair and replacement caused by termite damage, fungus and dry rot. We offer expert construction for structural repairs and will repair the damage and ensure your property is safe. ASR Construction specializes in rebuilding, restoring and repairing single-family homes, apartments, condos, commercial sites, high-rises, schools and medical centers.

What are termites?

Termites are small, secretive pests that can cause serious damage in your home in a relatively short period of time. They can quickly tear through wood, wallpaper, and flooring without being detected. Because of this ability, they have been named “silent destroyers.”

Four major species of termites reside in California. The Western subterranean termite, which is one of the most destructive species in America, burrows into common building timbers and eats the inside of these woods. It primarily lives in colonies underground or in moist, isolated areas aboveground. The Formosan termite, another subterranean species, is extremely aggressive, making it difficult to eliminate. It can cause structural damage to a home in a matter of a few months and has even been known to chew through electric wiring.

As its name suggests, the dampwood termite tends to infest wood with a high amount of moisture. Rather than burrowing into wood near the ground, the drywood termite nests in wall supports and roof materials. The different species vary in appearance, but some resemble winged ants, which makes it difficult for many homeowners to successfully identify them. However, you may be able to see signs of termite damage, including sagging or swollen floors and ceilings, buckling wood, and loose tiles.

Termites can cause a substantial amount of destruction and structural damage. The National Pest Management Association reports that termites cause over $5 billion in property damage every year, and many homeowners’ insurance companies do not cover damage caused by termites.

If you suspect termites have entered your property, do not delay. The professionals at ASR can quickly spot signs of termite colonies and will work to mitigate the damage and replace damaged wood to stabilize your structure and ensure your property is safe.

What is dry rot?

Another potential source of structural damage is dry rot. Dry rot occurs when spores of certain species of fungi grow on timber or other construction wood. Despite its name, dry rot takes hold on areas of wood that contains moisture of 20 percent or more. Once the fungus settles into an area, it will feed on the wood and cause it to lose its stiffness, resulting in brittle and fragile areas. Signs of dry rot include the rapid appearance of fungi, shrinking or distorted timbers, cracks in wood, loss of wood strength, and a musty smell.

If dry rot is left unchecked, wood can completely disintegrate and jeopardize the structural integrity of a building. Dry rot can also spread from one area to another as long as it can find additional nutritional sources that promote fungal growth. It is essential to find the source of the moisture in the wood, dry materials quickly, remove wood that is already damaged, and prevent spores from spreading further. Other areas of the structure should be treated to ensure they are not at risk of dry rot in the future.

Professional Structural Repairs

ASR Construction Services provides complete wood repair and replacement caused by termite damage, fungus and dry rot, and our skilled team will work to ensure all affected areas are identify, treated, and repaired. Contact us today to learn more.