Dry Rot: Causes and Prevention Tips

Dry RotDry rot is a type of wood decay that’s caused by cellulose-eating fungi. If left unchecked, dry rot can leave wood very weak and brittle, and ultimately compromise a home’s structural integrity. Despite its name, dry rot typically affects wood that has been exposed to moisture in the past. Today we’ll look at a few steps you can take to prevent dry rot from taking a toll on your home.

Make sure your siding is properly installed.

If the siding on your home isn’t correctly installed by a professional, rainwater can work its way behind the siding and cause dry rot to occur. You may not even notice the rotting wood until the next time you have the siding replaced, but it can cause serious issues in your walls in the meantime. When in doubt, it’s always best to have siding installed by a trained professional.

Inspect your roof for signs of leaks.

Roof damage is another common source of moisture intrusions that can cause dry rot in attics and walls. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected about once every year for any signs of trouble. If a roofer finds missing or damaged shingles, make the necessary as soon as possible to prevent dry rot issues in the future.

Fix any plumbing leaks right away.

Plumbing leaks are yet another way in which water can get into your home and cause dry rot. If these issues aren’t corrected, they can quickly spiral out of control and cause widespread dry rot in walls and ceilings. Keep a close eye out for leaks under sinks and around toilets, as these tend to be particularly common sources of trouble.

In addition to taking these precautionary measures, you should also make sure your bathrooms are properly ventilated, seal outdoor decking and direct lawn sprinklers safely away from your home. If you have any further concerns about dry rot issues in your home, feel free to give us a call or contact us online to speak with an inspector today!

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