Maintenance / October 5, 2022
Dry rot and wood rot can do a lot of damage to your home if you don’t take care of them. Moisture can build up over time in places that are likely to get wet, like windows, the basement, and crawlspaces. Find out how to look for, identify, and treat dry rot in your home by reading this blog.
Use a long-handled screwdriver and a flashlight to look for places in your home where water might get in. If the wood is soft, smelly, discolored, swollen, and can be poked or cut with a screwdriver, among other things, these are all signs of rot. It is best to check every year before winter.
Start by letting the area dry out. First, find and fix the leak or seal the place where the water is getting in. Set up a fan and a dehumidifier and leave them on for a few days to make sure the wood is completely dry. Once the area is dry, use borate or copper wood preservative to seal it. Check back in a few days and a few weeks to make sure the seal is still good and no more water is getting in.
You can stop moisture from building up by keeping a dehumidifier in the basement, putting in an exhaust fan in the bathroom, and wiping off any standing water on an outdoor deck after it rains.
With these tips, you can keep your home safe from rot and water damage. Check these things once a year, and if you need help with any of them, get in touch with local craftspeople to set up estimates and in-home consultations.