Dry rot is the term used to describe rotten wood, specifically in the context of construction. This “wood rot” affects all wood members exposed to the elements, such as rain, sun and wind. A destructive fungus develops, damaging the wood, which leads to the condition that we know today as “dry rot”. These conditions develop due to continuous moisture exposure from rain, sprinklers, roof leaks, plumbing leaks or gutter/ downspout malfunction.
Like a cancer, the only way to repair affected areas is to remove the rotted members and treat the adjacent framing, trims, siding, etc. with a registered fungicide. There are also measures that can be taken to prevent dry rot damage, and they are these:
Rotten peeling wood may look awful, but often you can save a lot more than it seems at first glance: just follow our quick restoration guide.
Repairing wood is often much easier than it seems at the moment when the rotten pieces literally crumble in your hands. If the supporting structure is still able to perform its functions, then the chances are good to save the rest. But do not hesitate …
Make sure that the waterproofing layer began to leak moisture: for this, look for signs of dampness on the walls above the baseboards.
Dry rot will not bloom in heavily ventilated areas, so take care of good air exchange in the attic and under the wooden floor lying on the beams. If necessary, install air intakes or exhaust fans in the soffit and in the end wall of the roof. Carry out regular inspections of hollow (perforated) bricks and clean them if they become clogged with dirt.
Regularly check the condition of the water pipes, especially under the bathtub and shower tray, as well as in the attic.
Many chemicals used to combat woodworm larvae and dry rot are flammable or toxic irritants that produce persistent fumes that last at least two weeks. This means that at least two weeks after chemical treatment, precautions must be taken.
Dry rot is found in many areas of a structure including: windows and doors, trims, siding, decks and patios, eaves and roofing members, framing and sub-framing. Poor house maintenance will expedite the rotting process, increasing future repair costs.
Here at Good Life, we are a leader in dry rot repair, servicing the greater Sacramento region within a 50 mile radius. If you are getting your home ready for sale or just being a proactive homeowner, we are here to consult and provide professional repair services. We offer a free estimates and inspections, quick scheduling and timely project completion based on your needs and requirements.
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If you would like to evaluate the condition of your home or address an ongoing “DRY ROT” issue, contact our office today at 916-833-1379.
Every inspection visit is FREE of charge and a detailed estimate will be provided outlining all necessary repair descriptions and associated costs. We are glad to perform a follow-up visit to walk through every item and and answer questions before scheduling work.