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Home Maintenance / June 18, 2021
Dry rot and wood rot can do lots of damage to a home if left unchecked. Save yourself the expenses that come with damage and see how you can prevent it in your home.
High-risk areas around the home can be anywhere that is susceptible to letting in or building up moisture. This moisture will damage the wood. This can be your roof, wet rooms, basement, bathrooms, exterior doors, and windows. Check these spots every year in your home to make sure no damages are occurring. It’s ideal to do this before winter with a flashlight and a long-handled screwdriver. If any of the wood is wet or can be punctured by the screwdriver, that is a bad sign for rot.
Rot can be seen as discolored wood, soft wood, an odor, and visible swelling. While looking for signs of rot, be sure to check crawl space, siding, any perimeter woods, spaces around the sinks, tubs, showers, and more.
Repair all leaks and seal the area before it can start drying. Once the wood has dried out, seal with copper or borate wood preservative. Check back to make sure it sealed and there is no more moisture. If there is still moisture, more repairs will need to be made. Dry rot can be prevented by having fresh caulking around all areas susceptible to moisture, put an exhaust fan in the bathroom, and a dehumidifier in the basement. On your deck outside, remove standing water after it rains.
With these tips, your home will be in good hands when it comes to looking for and repairing any damage from dry rot and wood rot. Complete a yearly check to make sure everything is in working order. If you need help, local craftspeople professionals are here to evaluate and make any repairs.
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