How to Recognize Signs of Dry Rot in Your Home, & How to Fix It
April 30, 2016
April 30, 2016
- Damp, Musty Odors. Dry rot occurs most commonly in wet or humid areas, because the dry rot fungus requires a damp environment to thrive. Damp or musty odors emanating from wooden surfaces can indicate fungal growth.
- Brown, red, or grey “skin” on wooden surfaces (with or without thread-like strand or fiber growth). If you notice anything growing on the wooden portions of your home, especially growths that look like mold, mushroomsor “skin,” contact a dry rot expert immediately.
- Shrunken, cracked, or darkened wood. If wooden surfaces inside or outside your home begin to look unusual, especially if the wood appears shrunken or darkened, dry rot may be present.
- Treating impacted boards with fungicides. Only certain fungicides work on dry rot, but the effective ones kill the fungus and stop further damage. Fungicidal treatments are most effective in the early phases of dry rot infestations.
- Removal of affected wood and replacement with pre-treated boards.Once dry rot impacts the integrity of siding or other wooden structures, stopping the fungus requires removal of the impacted wood, which will normally be replaced with boards pre-treated with anti-dry rot fungicides.
- Masonry sterilization. Where evidence suggests the dry rot fungus passed through other building materials to reach the impacted wooden area, experts may recommend sterilization of masonry and other non-wooden materials to help prevent the fungus from returning.