How to Spot Dry Rot
As houses age, they become more and more vulnerable to damages that need to be repaired, and one of the major causes for concern is dry rot. Fortunately, a custom home builder or remodeling contractor will be well-versed in the tricks of the trade and know the best methods for wood rot prevention that can be done during the building process. Even so, it’s also important for you, as the owner of the home, to know what you might do to maintain a structure that’s free of dry rot and how to spot it if the problem does occur.
There’s a Fungus Among Us
Dry rot is actually a type of fungus that destroys wood and can cause a great deal of structural damage. Unlike wet rot, dry rot can actually penetrate other materials as well as wood, which also makes it more hazardous to a greater number of areas throughout your home and allows it to spread at a much faster rate.
Signs of dry rot can easily be spotted by the naked eye, most often when:
- Shrinkages occur in the wood, accompanied by a darkening of its color to grey or ashy beige and the formation of cracks.
- A filmy, fluffy white growth develops on the surface of the wood and brings with it an orange or rust-tinted “fruiting body” that emits spore dust.
Spores are ultimately the way that dry rot spreads. These spores become airborne and travel over a great deal of area; and when they are exposed to moisture, they can begin the damaging process of destroying the wood in your home.
A contractor or repair specialist will know how to fix wood rot in a way that will be safe and effective. One of the most efficient methods of wood rot repair is to find the source of the moisture that is causing the dry rot to thrive and eliminate the moisture, then replace the weakened or damaged wood and apply a wood rot treatment of borate wood preservative to all new and existing wood. This will not only kill any fungus that may already be in the wood, but also prevent more from developing.
Don’t let the home of your dreams rot away with damage! Schedule your appointment with the team of experts at Omega Construction & Design, Inc., today!