Dry rot, or brown rot, is wood decay brought about by the presence of fungi, which can dilapidate anything made of wood. When it sets in, the fungi break down the two crucial components behind wood’s strength and resilience, namely, cellulose and hemicellulose. The effect is weakening of the wood and a stumpy look. Dry rot will only damage timber that is damp, with north of 20% moisture content. Thus, removing the source of moisture should be the foremost objective of dry rot repair.
How Dry Rot Proliferates
The dry rot fungus makes spores that are easily distributed by the air. They reproduce as soon as they settle on moist wood, and unless this is stopped, the wood will weaken over time until such time that it actually disintegrates.
How to Know If You Have a Dry Rot Issue
> Scan the wood closely. The will first appear like cotton wool, if the environment is humid, there will likely be surface water droplets.
> Check if there are cracks on the wood; parts that look depressed, shrunk or darker than the wood’s original color; or silver-grayish mushroom-like growths.
How to Avoid Dry Rot
Dry rot prevention is a fairly easy task. Just keep wood away from moisture with the following steps:Make sure wood is out of moisture’s way by doing these steps:Don’t expose wood to moisture, and these steps will help you do that:
Siding – Bring in a pro to seal and install wood siding.
Painting – All six sides of wood used outdoor should be primed before painting.
Roofing – Your roof should be inspected at least annually to address potential problems such as dry rot and water damage. To keep your walls and foundation safe, have gutters installed for the rainwater.
Plumbing – In most cases, dry rot is a result of plumbing leaks. Look underneath vanities cabinets, etc., if you find dry rot, get it fixed ASAP.
Ventilation – To keep things as dry as possible, install good ventilation in bathrooms, the attic and other moisture-prone areas of your home.
Deck – Ensure that your deck is sealed well. If you work a carpenter to install a new deck, make sure it is built at a slight slope to allow water to shed easily.
Landscaping – Lawn sprinklers should be positioned such that they do not not spray onto the exterior trim of your home.
How to Treat Dry Rot
There are a few ways to eliminate dry rot, like using copper compounds or epoxy. Be aware though that pro knowledge is a must if you want a positive outcome. Doing the job wrong can be costly, which is why most people hire a dry rot repair contractor. But because these pros are not equal in terms of ability, pricing and overall reputation, you should spend time doing some research to find the right one for you.