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Moisture and fungi damage are problems that occur across the United States, and particularly in the Southeast and in coastal areas. In Richmond, moisture and fungi can pose a big threat to your home or business, often causing severe damage. PestMasters offers free moisture control inspections to help you safeguard your investment.
Contact PestMasters today to schedule a free inspection from a moisture control professional. We offer moisture control inspections and solutions to clients in Richmond and all of Central Virginia.
Our trained inspectors will take moisture readings in your crawl space and if necessary offer the appropriate moisture control measures.
Our moisture control services include:
During moisture control inspections, our Richmond moisture specialists look for indicators of three different types of fungi:
Surface fungi include molds and mildews. They cause the wood to have a powdery appearance but do not cause wood decay. Although no treatment is needed for surface fungi, they are an indicator that the wood has absorbed an excessive amount of moisture and that it is susceptible to the other wood-destroying fungi.
Staining fungi also attack the surfaces of wood. These fungi cause a gray to blue stain that can not be removed from the wood. They do not cause decay, but they increase the chances that serious decay fungi will appear. These fungi also indicate that wood has absorbed an excessive amount of moisture.
Decay fungi actually attack the structural portion of the wood and digest it. This results in decomposition which makes the wood less suitable for construction purposes or renders it completely unfit if decay is advanced. Water must be present in the wood pores before wood decay occurs. Wood absorbs moisture from condensation, rain, water saturated soil, leaky plumbing, and other sources.