A lot of the repair work we do here in eastern North
Carolina involves rotted wood in crawlspaces.
Floor joists, beams, and subflooring can deteriorate
quickly in this cool, damp environment.
Many of the homeowners we have dealt with don't
inspect their crawlspaces on
a regular basis; in fact, some
have never been beneath
their houses and could not be persuaded to visit there
under any circumstances. Who can blame them? From
mere nuisances, like standing water and cobwebs, to
downright dangers, such as wolf rats and poisonous
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In some cases,
make the problem
by Howard Ferree
snakes, the typical crawlspace is a less-than-desirable
place (see Figure 1).