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Carpentry  /  October 29, 2021

Managing Wood Rot and Dry Rot

If left untreated and undiscovered, dry rot and wood rot can pose a serious threat to your house. Every year, you or a skilled craftsperson should inspect your home for indicators of these diseases to ensure it is in good working order. Learn how to distinguish between different rots and how to identify and treat them in your house.

Wood Rot
In locations prone to moisture, such as the basement, bathroom, wet rooms, crawl spaces, siding, external doors, and windows, look for wood rot. Rot can be identified by odor, swelling, discoloration, or readily penetrated wood. These parts will need to be thoroughly dried before being treated with a borate or copper wood preservative. To prevent rot, consider putting an exhaust fan in the bathroom, a dehumidifier in the basement, and making sure there is no standing water on your deck or wood surfaces outside after it rains.

Dry Rot
Dry rot is a fungus that causes vast patches of wood to decay. To stop the deterioration, these sections will need to be removed and rebuilt. An odor, damaged lumber, decaying timber that splits or is brittle, orange spores, grey colored lines in the wood, and even growths are all signs of dry rot. This is a major problem that can be avoided by having your home’s wood sprayed with fungicide.


Now that you understand the differences between wood rot and dry rot, set aside a day on your calendars to inspect your home for these issues once a year. If you have any queries or discover an issue in your home, contact a local craftsperson to have it looked out and repaired before the problem spreads.

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