Dry rot is not something that you want in your home, and hopefully, it is something that you will never have to deal with in the first place. Nevertheless, dry rot does happen, and if it does, it can deplete your home’s value and deteriorate home’s condition.
Dry rot is a fungus that spreads throughout the wood, rotting the wood from the inside out. This decay reduced the strength of the wood and replaced it with frailty.
According to Wikipedia, it’s been approximated that each year 20 billion feet of timber is destroyed by brown rot, dry rot’s alias. This becomes even more remarkable when compared to fire damage. There’s more wood destroyed by dry rot than there is wood damaged by fire each year!
Dry rot is a dangerous force that many homeowners may have been fortunate enough not to encounter. Nevertheless, you need to prevent it.
Moister is necessary for dry rot to take hold. It is a misnomer that dry rot occurs in to dry wood. Once dry rot decides to take hold the fungus can continue living without water because the fungus can thrive on the moister in the wood. It is self-sustaining.
Best Dry Rot Conditions
Dry rot thrives when moisture levels are higher. It can also grow when there is little moisture is available.
This species of fungus doesn’t need dampness or liquid water to survive. Instead, it can live off of the humidity found in the air. Since almost all air has some level of moisture in it, this fungus can survive in nearly all conditions.
How To Prevent Dry Rot
You have to control moister. The best way to prevent dry rot in your home is to prevent leaks. Problem areas in your home for dry rot is around plumbing and near past roof leaks. This makes it essential to fix roof leaks quickly and to dry out the area thoroughly immediately.
How To Stop Dry Rot From Spreading
Once dry rot has appeared, it is vital to confine the area as quickly as possible.
According a Roofing Contractor in Cypress, If dry rot is near in the wood near the roof of your house, check for damage to structural beams. If you identify that structural rafters of your home have been damaged, they will need replacing as part of the repairs. While dry rot may not completely degrade the wood like wet rot can, it still will make the will frail in time. After you have replaced all the structural wood, its time to start the repair process.
In most cases, ethylene glycol can be used to neutralize the fungus found in dry rot. Ethylene glycol is the active chemical found in many types of antifreeze.
If you choose to use commercial antifreeze to fix dry rot, pay attention to the following steps:
- When treating dry rot with ethylene glycol, get a bean sprayer or other pressurized spray container.
- Fill it with a 1:1 mix of ethylene glycol and warm water.
- Spray all affected wood areas with this mixture and allow them to dry. The ethylene glycol will kill off all the dry rot fungus without damaging the underlying wood.
After you have used ethylene glycol to treat areas damaged by dry rot, it’s time to get started with roof repairs. In most cases, it’s a good idea to hire a professional for this step. There are commercial preparations of a special epoxy that can rebind wood damaged by dry rot.
For help repairing dry rot on your roof decking or to fix a roof leak contact the residential roofing experts at Tapia’s Roofing and Repairs.