About Sacramento Dry Rot Treatment

“What is dry rot in wood?” many people wonder. since, though they understand wet rot, dry rot tends to be a paradox in terms. After all, if anything is dry, it shouldn’t be rotting, right?

The term “dry rot” is, in fact, a bit of a misnomer. It does, in fact, necessitate a certain amount of moisture to grow. It eats away at the wood it infects, reducing its strength and stiffness. It forms root-like strands as thick as a pencil once formed, allowing it to penetrate drier wood and even break through walls and masonry, spreading throughout a structure in search of new wood to infest.Learn more about them at Sacramento dry rot treatment.

It has a destructive impact on the wood. It crumbles into dry, elongated fragments that resemble felt and are typically covered in grey fungus. If the surrounding air is too moist, this turns white/yellow and produces spores, or seeds, that are oval in shape and about 0.01mm long, which spread the rot further.

These quickly cover the surrounding ground, leaving a fine, rust-colored dust in their wake. This is frequently the first indication that dry rot is present. If left unchecked, it will inevitably lead to the collapse of the entire structure. Fortunately, it leaves plenty of signs of its existence, like a foul stench of decay.

The first step in dealing with dry rot is to determine what is causing it. It’s almost always some kind of dampness. Rainwater could be pouring onto the wood, or a timber support could come into contact with the soil. The spores that cause dry rot are attracted to the constant dampness.

Whatever the cause, it must be effectively tackled to ensure that the rot does not return until the current epidemic has been eradicated. The next step is to replace all contaminated wood, plasterwork, brickwork, and all other infected materials.

In the case of contaminated wood, not only should the rotting wood be removed, but also a “margin” of 450cm, or eighteen inches, in case the strands have penetrated this far without leaving any visible signs. This margin should be about 30cm (12 inches) with plaster.

All loose wood should be removed, and any loose debris should be swept away with a wire brush. Until replastering, swab the wall with a strong fungicide. Treat the remaining timbers in the field in the same way. If required, load-bearing timbers should be reinforced with replacement wood that has been pre-treated with fungicide to avoid further infection.

Finally, depending on the situation, make it weatherproof. Inspection of your home for infestation on a regular basis, as well as knowing what causes dry rot in wood, will help you avoid experiencing this dangerous condition again.

Contact Info

American Dry Rot Repair
1700 Eureka Rd, Suite 155-C, Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 848-2151