What is Dry Rot/Wood Rot?

Wood rot often comes as an unpleasant surprise. Perhaps you’re having your roof shingles replaced and the roofer announces that the decking, rafters, and/or ridge board is rotted. Or maybe you’re preparing to paint an exterior window sill or trim board and you notice the wood under the old paint is soft. Worse is when you’re in the basement or crawlspace and notice rot in structural beams and joists!

Left untreated, with the right conditions, wood rot can spread and eventually weaken the structure of your home. Of course, a home with significant rot will also lose its resale value, so it’s imperative to take action. The fungal spores that cause wood to rot are all around us. Fortunately, they are not always active, and rot damage does not occur overnight. Dry rot is a common type of wood rot in which wood is attacked by fungi. The fungi destroy the parts of the wood that make it strong and firm.

To grow and begin to digest wood, fungal spores need adequate amounts of water and high relative humidity. When the moisture content of the materials with which your home is built is coupled with high relative humidity, the stage is set for rot.

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Dry rot is caused by a fungus that gradually eats away at moist, healthy wood, causing it to become brittle and eventually break off and crumble. The fungus then moves on to more healthy wood nearby and continues it’s path of destruction. Once dry rot has infiltrated your home, it will continue to spread unless proper action is taken to stop it. If ignored, what would have been a relatively minor repair can turn into a very large and expensive one that could involve repairing the home’s structure itself. It’s very important to take care of wood rot problems as early as possible and avoid serious and unnecessary long-term damage. Many homeowners enjoy the rain because it waters their plants and washes away any excess dirt from their property, however one unfortunate downside to this is that it creates a perfect environment for dry rot (or “wood rot”) to pervade our homes due to the moisture that may infiltrate through your roof or crevices in the walls.

Dry rot is most likely to occur wherever there is wood and moisture. So it can show up virtually anywhere in the house, although there are some areas where dry rot is more prevalent such as in bathrooms and kitchens, particularly in the floors, walls, and countertops, in deck boards, framing, and rails, in the siding, particularly if older or damaged, in the framing and sills around windows and doors, under the roofing, particularly if shingles are loose or damaged, around gutters, flashing, and eaves, in posts, beams, and joists, and in crawl spaces and attics.

We Repair Dry Rot and Wood Rot

When it comes to the repair of dry rot, homeowners know to trust MSI. Whereas many contractors won’t even deal with dry rot issues, we’ve made it one of our specialties! With vast experience in dealing with the toughest of rot problems, we’ve become extremely effective in locating and remediating the source of rot (often not an easy task) so the problem isn’t likely to reoccur, then making appropriate and thorough repairs to the affected areas. Wood rot is a serious threat to the health of your home, and we are equally serious about fixing the problem. Another benefit of using MSI is that, as a full-service home repair contractor, we are able to repair, improve, or reconstruct any other areas of the home that may be tied to your rot issues, as well. Whether you need siding, roofing, painting, or whatever it may be, no need to call another contractor–we can do it all!