Dry rot is a serious condition for homeowners, and it often begins in the winter. Recognizing the issue and knowing what to do to prevent it is important. If you do discover dry rot in your home, you need to take action quickly.
What is Dry Rot and What Causes It?
Dry rot is rotting wood anywhere in your home which is caused by a fungi. Dry rot starts when the wood in your home is exposed to water. It can happen anywhere, from window sills to attic beams to structural beams in the basement. When the wood becomes wet in an area with high humidity and warmth, it creates the perfect conditions for fungi to start and grow.
The fungi eat away at the wood. In time, the wood will disintegrate or fail to do its job if it’s supporting the house. If left untreated, it could cost thousands of dollars for repair.
How to Treat and Prevent Dry Rot
A professional will need to kill the fungi and you will need to make sure the wood dries out and stays dry. If the damage is extensive the piece of wood may need to be replaced or supported. A dehumidifier may be used to lower the moisture content of the air.
To prevent dry rot in the first place, you need to fix any water leaks immediately or seal the area to prevent water from coming in. If your basement or attic has a high humidity level, a dehumidifier will also help. Inspect hidden areas of your home regularly to look for moisture or fungi before it has a chance to cause damage.
Fungi look like plants and can come in various colors, including white and yellow. They spread over time and can cover a large area.
Deal with Dry Rot Now
Even a little dry rot can hurt the integrity of your home. A wooden beam that loses just one percent of its weight can lead to a loss of up to half of its strength. This is a serious situation for homeowners. When you contact All Natural Pest Elimination for a free inspection, we will let you know if your home is damaged from dry rot or from wood-eating pests. Both of these conditions can lead to major expenses if you have significant damage. Don’t wait for a small problem to become big. Contact us today at 877-662-8449 to keep your home safe and solid.