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Maintenance  /  September 17, 2021

How to Take Care of Dry Rot and Wood Rot

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Take Care of Your Home and How to Take Care of Dry Rot and Wood Rot with Professional Advice in West Omaha, NE & Surrounding Areas

When was the last time you had your home checked for wood rot or dry rot? This is a yearly check that is necessary to make sure your home is in tip-top condition. With advice from our professional craftspeople, learn how to tell the difference between wood rot and dry rot, how to locate, treat, and prevent.

What is the Difference?

  • Wood Rot: Caused by moisture, can be identified by odor, swelling, discoloration, and be soft to the touch.
  • Dry Rot: A fungal rot that affects large areas of wood. Can have gray lines, growths, orange spores, and be brittle.

Where You Can Find It

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

Take a long-handled screwdriver and flashlight to test these areas of your home.

How to Treat
  • Wood Rot: Remove the affected area, dry out, and apply a copper or borate wood preservative.
  • Dry Rot: Remove all affected areas and replace with fungicide treated timber.
How to Prevent

While all lumber used in the construction of your home should be pre-treated to avoid rot, make sure all new lumber is as well. For wood rot, keep moisture out of the home with a ventilation fan in the bathroom, a dehumidifier in the basement, and to always remove sitting water from wooden surfaces. Complete yearly checks to make sure no rot develops.

Save yourself the headache and expenses that come with replacing and repairing wood and dry rot in your home. Keep up with yearly checks or hire professional craftspeople to complete them for you and to make any repairs as needed. If left unchecked or unrepaired, these can be some serious expenses and damages to your home.

Contact Handyman Connection of West Omaha

Contact Handyman Connection in West Omaha, NE today. Call (402) 704-3613 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a free estimate.  

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