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Why is it a mistake to store lumber in the crawl space under a house?
Thursday, June 21, 2018
If you have an older house with an elevated wood floor and a crawl space, it might seem sensible to store some leftover lumber from one of your home improvement projects out of the weather and under the house until you start the the next one. Don’t do it.
Termites are everywhere in the soil in Florida, and constantly scouting for wood to consume. The wood framing in your house is out of reach from termites because of a concrete block stem wall. Most stem walls are also topped with a metal termite shield strip as a final barrier that they find difficult to navigate around. See our blog post What is a termite shield? to learn more about them. But boards laying on the ground provide enough cellulose food for them to start a new colony under the house and begin the process of searching for a breach in the termite protection under your home.
Also, when you sell your home, a termite inspector doing a WDO report is required to call out any infested or termite damaged wood laying on the ground under the home as wood destroying organism evidence and you will not get a “clean” WDO, even if they have not actually attacked the wood structure of your home. This example of termite infested wood on the ground under a home is from the same house shown at the top of the page, in Cedar Key, Florida.
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