Nobody wants to discover dry rot in their home.
It basically decays the wood and creates big structural problems – which end up costing the homeowner more money down the road. Because we live in a coastal climate, it can be especially difficult to avoid dry rot if a home isn’t built correctly. Dry rot can also be a homeowner maintenance issue, such as a missing roof tile. Water that continuously comes down on bare wood will create structural damage later on.
Exterior decks are also at risk of dry rot – if they’re not maintained, a slow water leakage will eventually eat up the wood. Unfortunately, the only way to assess if there is dry rot is to tear up the existing material to see what’s underneath.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to stay aware of what’s going on with your home. Here are a few pointers about dry rot:
– Make sure you stay on top of maintenance. Check your drains, check the slope. Avoid drains and use scuppers, which are outlets on the side of the home that drain water.
– Wick away water. Make sure your home’s drainage system doesn’t get clogged with leaves. Eventually, water will break through sealants.
– Build it correctly in the first place. Where water comes down, make sure flashing is correct. Even pinhole leaks can lead to dry rot, which eventually eats away at the wood.
If you have concerns about dry rot and need a structural assessment, give us a call. We’ll provide in-depth expertise and sound solutions for going forward.