What is dry rot?
The termites are gone, but what about the holes we can't see?
Dry rot is a species of wood fungus (aka dead, rotting wood) that usually affects wood in the forests; however, it can be an issue with structural buildings composed of wood. Moisture and excess air, as well as airborne wood fungus cause the wood components to begin rotting. As the fungus eats the cell walls of the wood, it leaves the outer edges easily breakable and dry.
Five dry rot tips from our team:
- Get an annual inspection from ground level
- Check balconies and decks whenever you have access
- Caulk (correct material and application) any seams or joints in woodwork will help prevent water intrusion
- Seal the caulking with the correct paint
- Your tenants will alert you and they may not even know it. Keywords to look for are “Weird smells”, “Musty”, “Squeaky”, “Shaky”.