Dry Rot Repair Contractor Albany, CA
Unfortunately Dry Rot happens, even in the best of houses. All it takes is water, warmth and wood and before you know it, wood shrinks, darkens, cracks and solid lumber starts turning to mush. Exterior trim is the most vulnerable to attack by dry rot, and it doesn’t have to be that old. Fortunately dry rotted trim is generally fairly easy to repair. The most common Dry Rot is infested framing or mudsills which poses a much bigger problem and can be very detailed to repair. Dry Rot will only affect wood that is damp, typically affecting wood with a moisture content in excess of 20%. Wood can become damp for a number of reasons. The most common causes of dampness from the interior are leaky washing machines, dishwashers, sinks, showers, bathtubs. The dampness can also come from the outside of the building around windows, doors, trims, roofs or cracked siding and stucco areas. The removal of the source of water causing and maintaining the rot is always the first plan of attack. And the next step after the removal of the water source is to maintain a rapid and good drying condition. Once the source of dampness is rectified and the wood is allowed to dry out, the dry rot will be eventually controlled. Any affected wood should be removed and replaced with pre-treated wood. Then it is essential that all measures take place in order to defend against damaging occurring again by installing the proper framing, trims and metal flashings that are necessary. And any remaining wood at risk of being affected by dry rot should be treated with an effective fungicide.