Majority of the people tend to have a home as one of their biggest investment and hence the essence of taking care of it. With that in mind, one may need to consider fixing problems as early as possible. One may need to consider dry rot as one of the problems that demand early fixing. Dry rot is one of the problems that make the wooden parts of your house become brittle and cracked and eventually break down. In most cases, dry rot tends to happen to older homes especially where wood was not treated to prevent rot damage. It would be essential for one to consider reading on to know how to deal with dry rot.
It would be essential to know where to look for dry rot. Dry rot tends to sound misnamed bearing in mind that it tends to be influenced by moisture. One may need to start checking in sources of water. You would also need to make sure that your gutters and downspouts remain intact and where they are damaged, there are chances that you will experience dry rot. You would also need to check where the deck attaches to the home, wooden window sills, where water runs off the roof along a wall as well as where a vertical surface meets the horizontal surfaces.
You would need to look for discoloration, spits, and cracking as they may be indicators of the presence of rot. You may also need to check the roof especially on areas where there may have been a leakage. You may also need to check for dry rot in areas where you may have experienced a leaky pipe, a damp basement, unvented attic space, as well as crawlspaces. Areas around the toilet or the tub also tend to be susceptible of dry rot.
One can use a screwdriver or a pick to check whether wood is affected by dry rot. One would only need to penetrate the driver into the wood and in a case where it does, one would need to know that there is the presence of dry rot. It would also be essential for one to note that there some places one may note no discoloration. One may be wary of any hidden dry rot bearing in mind that it tends to have an impact on his or her house.
Bearing in mind that dry rot tends to be progressive, one may need to make sure that he or she makes repairs as soon as possible and hence the need to start off by stopping the source of moisture. One may need to make sure that the problem is properly diagnosed and it is not mistaken with other types of damages.