The smallest amount of moisture can cause devastating damage to your home. A construction fault, substandard exterior finish, or a long-term leak; there are many reasons wood rot becomes more than just an issue. KH Construction Management Corp can handle a dry rot repair – interior or exterior – with the knowledge and skill unparalleled to other local contractors.
What is dry rot? How can it affect your home?
Believe it or not, dry rot is a fungus. Sometimes called “brown rot,” or “wood rot”, dry rot can propel homeowners into a nightmare of mold and mildew within the home. Dry rot can grow with no visual of moisture, the part most people assume correlate with mold and mildew. Even stranger, this form of fungi pulls moisture from the surrounding air. Almost impossible to predict, it is also difficult to catch before it spreads. It spreads –ultimately leaving the remainder of the wood crumbly and dark, half eaten. This makes the hardwood surface so delicate it can disintegrate into dust in your own hands. Regrettably, once the dry rot fungi begin to spread, nothing can stop it.
Where can I find dry rot?
Dry rot is tough to spot when it forms– and it can enter your home or business from inside or outside as it attacks any wooden surface. Begin your search for dry rot in obvious places – where moisture is likely to be apparent. Sources can include posts, beams, bathroom and kitchen floors and walls, deck boards or framing. Dry rot can also be found in eaves, near damaged gutters, roofs, foundations, sill plates, siding, window and door framing, and crawl spaces. Finding dry rot isn’t as easy as it seems, but there are a few things to remember.
Spot the signs of Dry Rot:
- Wood shrinks, darkens or cracks
- Wooden surfaces can easily be pierced with a sharp object like a screwdriver
- Moldy odor: you can smell the musty scent of mold forming. The fungus odor can be a sign that a damp area contains mold or dry rot
- The surface of the wood begins to resemble a mushroom-like skin. This is typically mold
- Floor boards begin to creak when you walk across them
As soon as you see any of these signs, call a dry rot specialist immediately. Solving the problem before it creates a headache is part of the solution. You can stop the spread, but if you ignore the warning signs, dry rot could end up substantially costing you both time and money.
Should I try to fix dry rot on my own?
We do not suggest tackling this on your own. The reason is simple: you have to find the root of the issue. Ripping out a piece of wood that is rotted may seem like it’s fixed your problems for good, but don’t be fooled. If you don’t find the original source of the problem, then it could continue spreading, even after treatment. Finding the origin means that our team can prevent it from reappearing in the future. Our professionals will replace all affected wood in your building or home, making it safe and reliable.