In order to protect your structure, it's important to learn the signs of dry rot and wet rot. Sometimes people mistake one for the other. Knowing the difference between them will allow you to find the appropriate fix. The following tips will help you identify dry and wet rot and also how to eliminate each type. What Is Dry Rot? Left untreated, dry rot can wreak havoc with the wood of your structure. A fungus that literally destroys wood as it feeds on moisture causes dry rot. It often invades buildings with poor ventilation. If timbers are exposed to leaky pipes, for instance, you might be begging for a dry rot problem. Moreover, wood is not the only material at risk. Dry rot can even invade concrete and plaster. Because it can cause unseen damage, it's important to learn how to spot the signs of dry rot. Dry Rot Signs One of the telltale signs of a dry rot problem is an extreme damp and musty odor. If you smell this pronounced odor, it's important to investigate further. If you spot growths that appear to look like large mushrooms or see orange spores, you've got a dry rot problem on your hands. Dealing with a Dry Rot Problem The best thing to do if you discover a dry rot problem is to contact an expert that has sufficient experience dealing with this issue. Essentially, the contractor you choose will find the source of the moisture problem and recommend a fix before examining the extent of the structural damage caused by the dry rot. Once a determination is made, the fix can be applied.
What Is Wet Rot?
Wet rot is also caused by fungus--usually Coniophora puteana. Though not regarded as hefty as a problem as dry rot, it can still cause structural damage. Wet rot actually is more common than dry rot. Wet rot, too, attacks timber where moisture is present. If the moisture problem is not curtailed, the wet rot can cause the wood to lose its strength and integrity.
Wet Rot Signs
You may discover a wet rot problem if you feel floorboards become bouncy or if they move. You will also notice a damp and musty smell that is associated with wet rot. In some cases you may even notice fungal growth.
Dealing with a Wet Rot Problem
It's important to find the source of the moisture problem and eliminate it. That means that once you get rid of the wet rot issue, it won't return. Many homeowners find that wood replacement of the infected areas is the key to beating wet rot. Again, a trained contractor can perform this fix and inspect your home so that all infected areas are noted (Source: General Contractor Services by M&L Construction).
Both dry rot and wet rot can become severe issues, particularly if left unchecked. If you think you have a problem with these types of rot, it's vital to contact a general contractor to address this issue sooner rather than later.