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Maintenance  /  July 28, 2021

How to Take Care of Wood Rot and Dry Rot in the Lincoln, NE Area

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Homeowner’s Upkeep and How to Take Care of Wood Rot and Dry Rot in Denton, Malcolm, and Nearby Cities

A yearly upkeep task is to check your home for signs of wood rot or dry rot around wood perimeters, in areas that are more likely to receive or leak in moisture, and more. Our craftspeople are here to share some tips on how to find, treat, and keep an eye on the dry rot in your home.

What is the Difference Between Wood Rot and Dry Rot?

Dry rot is a fungal rot of the wood that can expand and effect large areas of dry wood. Wood rot is rot that is contained to where there is moisture exposure in the wood. They both need to be identified and fixed as soon as possible to save you higher repair costs and headaches.

Dry rot and wood rot can be identified by several tell-tale signs: being soft or easily punctured, discoloring, odor, swelling, and more. Use a flashlight and a long-handled screwdriver to test the wood. Wood rot can be found in but not limited to the following spaces:

  • Basement
  • Bathrooms
  • Wet Rooms
  • Windows
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Roof
  • Perimeter Wood
  • Siding
  • Exterior Doors

How to Treat Dry Rot and Wood Rot

Wood rot can be treated by drying out and sealing the affected area with copper wood preservative or borate. Dry rot requires the affected areas to be removed and replaced with pre-treated timber. Areas of the home that have not been affected should and should always be treated with a fungicide to prevent this from occurring. Wood rot from moisture can be prevented by installing an exhaust fan in the bathroom, and a dehumidifier in the basement.

Save yourself the trouble of treatment and repair by checking your home regularly for these risks. If any rot is identified in your home, contact professionals right away.

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Contact Handyman Connection in Lincoln, NE to schedule your free at home consultation and to meet with our talented craftspeople. Call (402) 867-6990 if you have any questions about our repair and home improvement services.

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