To many people, a home tends to be one of the greatest investment and hence the need to take care of it. With that in mind, one may need to consider fixing problems as early as possible. One may need to consider dry rot as one of the problems that demand early fixing. One would need to note that dry rot tends to make wood brittle, cracked and make it to eventually break down. One may witness dry rot in older homes where wood is not well treated and treated in advance. It would be essential for one to consider reading on to know how to deal with dry rot.
To begin with, one would need to know where to look for dry rot. One would notice that dry rot tends to sound misnamed bearing in mind that fungus demand moisture to grow. However, the most susceptible areas tend to be areas with a water source in your home. You would also need to make sure that your gutters and downspouts remain intact and where they are damaged, there are chances that you will experience dry rot. You would also need to check where the deck attaches to the home, wooden window sills, where water runs off the roof along a wall as well as where a vertical surface meets the horizontal surfaces.
You would need to look for discoloration, spits, and cracking as they may be indicators of the presence of rot. You may also need to check the roof especially on areas where there may have been a leakage. One would also need to check the points where the wood meets the ground. Areas around the toilet or the tub also tend to be susceptible of dry rot.
It would be essential to note that a simple tool such as a screwdriver can be used to detect dry rot. One would only need to penetrate the driver into the wood and in a case where it does, one would need to know that there is the presence of dry rot. One would need to know that there may be rot hidden in the flooring, siding, and dry wall that may not be characterized by discoloration. However, the impact of such dry rot may have an impact especially on the structural aspects of your house and hence the need to know how to find them and fix them.
One would need to begin by stopping the source of moisture. You may need to treat areas that are not highly affected with fungicide with the intention of protecting the wood in question from further damage.