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What Homeowners Need to Know About Dry Rot

Caring for your home is important. From routine maintenance to renovations, you should always strive to keep your home in working order, improving where you can. Unfortunately, life happens and sometimes you’ll be forced to address problems you’d probably rather avoid. From natural wear and tear to disasters, maintaining your home can be difficult at times. This is especially true when dealing with dry rot. Thankfully, there are a few small tips that can help you identify and deal with dry rot in a quick and stress-free way. Here’s what homeowners need to know about dry rot! 

What Is Dry Rot?

Dry rot is caused by fungi. As fungi grow they feed on wood and deteriorate and rot it, leading to cracks and other damage over time. As dry rot sets in, it’s common for wood to become brittle and break. This is especially common in older homes. 

Left untreated, dry rot will continue to expand and eat away at the wood in your home, potentially causing massive damage to the structure of your home. If your dry rot becomes severe enough, the framework of your home may become unstable, causing risk to those living inside as well as large financial obligations to fix the issue. Thankfully, there are ways to identify dry rot early on, avoiding the problem altogether. 

How To Identify Dry Rot

While you may think of dry rot as being in a warm dry area, its name is actually somewhat of an oxymoron. Since dry rot is caused by a fungus, it’s typically found in a moist environment with little sunlight. Dry rot will typically begin near a water source in your home that has begun to leak. There are a few specific places you should keep an eye on both inside and outside of your home. 

Dry Rot Inside Your Home

You can typically find dry rot inside your home by looking in the following places.

  • Rim joists in the crawl space, basement, or porch
  • Where wood and masonry meet such as a floor or wall
  • The area around a shower, toilet, or sink

These areas are prone to dry rot due to their constant exposure to moisture.

Dry Rot Outside Your Home

Dry rot outside of your home can often be found in:

  • Window sills
  • Where water drains along the roof
  • Where a deck connects to the house
  • Angles such as where the floor meets the house

Dry rot is relatively easy to spot once you know where to look and what you’re looking for. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to take care of the issue once it’s been located.

What To Do If You Find Dry Rot

Once you’ve located dry rot it’s time to act fast. Since it will only continue to get worse it’s important to take care of the issue as quickly as possible. The first step is to take care of the moisture source. If you have a leaky shower or sink, the problem will only persist no matter how many times you replace the wood. You need to take care of the source of what you want to eliminate the problem for good. 

Minor dry rot damage can be easily fixed by replacing the wood. Sever damage, on the other hand, may require the work of a general contractor. Dry rot repair is standard practice for most general contractors. If you have dry rot in your home, reach out to a professional contractor today for a dry rot repair quote.

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