Dry rot is a condition in which the wood is literally rotten due to damage done by a fungus that feeds off moisture. A fungus develops and turns into what we know as “dry rot.”
The rot then spreads like a disease, turning any wood it comes into contact with into rotten, weak, wood. The rot is also affected by elements such as wind, sun, and rain.
Dry rot can appear in many areas such as trim, windows, siding, decks, roofs, doors, and frames. Parts of wood that are affected by dry rot MUST be removed, and all surrounded areas must be treated.
Because it can spread so quickly, it’s essential that you assess the affected areas and begin dry rot repair as soon as possible.
Keep reading to learn all about dry rot and what you need to know about repair.
How Does It Get There?
So what is dry rot?
Moisture is the silent killer. It comes into contact with the wood of your home in many ways. When temperature and oxygen levels are optimal, fungus is then enabled to thrive.
Rain, roof leaks, sprinkler systems, and plumbing leaks are all examples in which moisture can infiltrate the wood in your house. The moisture causes fungus to build up over time, often in an unventilated area. Without proper ventilation, the moisture never dries out and thus continues to allow the fungus to thrive.
The fungus softens the wood and breaks it down. The more time passes, the more the wood turns to mush. It is both damaging to your home and can also be dangerous to its inhabitants, which is why you shouldn’t hesitate to address it.
How Do You Know If Your Wood Has Dry Rot?
Dry rot can be hard to spot. It lurks in hidden places like underneath bubbling paint, inside walls, and underneath roofing or floors.
There are a few things you can watch out for as signs that you might have dry rot, such as:
- Discolored, splitting, or cracking wood
- Bubbling or blistering paint
- Wood that is soft to the touch
That being said, it can still be hard to spot, so you want to know where to check for it. In addition to the main areas we mentioned earlier, make sure you also check places like around the bathtub or skylights.
If you do find wood that feels soft, take something like a screwdriver and poke the wood. Does it splinter and fall away? How far does the screwdriver go? In doing this, you should start to get an idea of how bad it might be.
If you’re at all skeptical that you might have dry rot, the smartest thing you can do is to hire a professional who knows what they’re doing. We are a family company that takes pride in being reliable, honest, loyal, dependent, and affordable.
We are experts at dealing with dry rot. Tackling it before it gets worse will save your home and give you peace of mind.
How Do You Get Rid of Dry Rot?
What happens during a dry rot treatment?
Unfortunately, the only way to deal with dry rot is to remove it. This can be costly and potentially detrimental to a home, depending on how much the dry rot has spread.
During removal, wood will often need to be replaced. Sometimes, pieces of the structure must be rebuilt entirely.
In addition to removal of the rotten wood, professionals will treat all adjacent wood with a fungicide to make sure it doesn’t spread anymore.
It can be a complicated process which is why it’s so important to hire professionals who know exactly what they’re doing.
If You Can, Avoid It
There are many ways you can avoid ever having to tackle dry rot. If possible, every one of these precautions should be taken so that you don’t end up with dry rot in your home or business.
Seal all nail holes, cracks, and seams with caulk or silicone before any moisture can get it. If you’re in an older home, check for potential dry rot before you seal up any cracks and crevices.
Make sure you paint your home or structure every 5-10 years, depending on what it’s made of. Wood siding, for example, might need to be repainted as often as every 4-6 years, depending on factors such as sunlight and moisture.
If you’re building from scratch, make sure you use quality wood in the construction process. Do the same for any renovations or additions going forward. While it may be more expensive to use quality wood initially, making this choice could save you thousands of dollars in the future.
Redirect water sources such as sprinkler systems AWAY from wood sources as much as possible.
We Can Take Care of Your Dry Rot Repair
Most California homes are built with a wood frame. If one of those homes is yours and you think it might have dry rot, do not panic.
That’s exactly why we’re here. No matter the damage done, we are here to do any dry rot repair for you.
That being said, don’t wait to call. The longer dry rot goes unnoticed, the more damage that the fungus can do. Even though it can be overwhelming, it’s better to tackle the issue sooner than later.
Contact us today for a consultation so that we can better assess your dry rot and make a plan to fix it right away.