To many people, a home tends to be one of the greatest investment and hence the need to take care of it. As a result, one may need to make sure that he or she takes care of a home and also consider fixing problems even before they become too big. Dry rot is one of the problems one may need to spot early enough and have it repaired before it feeds on wood and weaken the wood in question. 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. One may need to read through to know how to treat dry rot.
To begin with, one would need to know where to look for dry rot. Dry rot tends to sound misnamed bearing in mind that it tends to be influenced by moisture. One may need to start checking in sources of water. One may need to check the downspouts, the gutters as well as any other area that may experience leakages. 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. It would also be essential for one to make sure that the roof does not experience any leakage. You may also need to check for dry rot in areas where you may have experienced a leaky pipe, a damp basement, unvented attic space, as well as crawlspaces. One may also need to check for any stains on the drywall as well as areas around the toilet as well as around the tab.
One can use a screwdriver or a pick to check whether wood is affected by dry rot. One check by simply penetrating the screwdriver through the wood and in case where it easily does, one would need to have the wood in question treated. 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. One may be wary of any hidden dry rot bearing in mind that it tends to have an impact on his or her house.
One would need to begin by stopping the source of moisture. You may need the expert depending on the extent bearing in mind that some areas of the house may demand temporary support as one seeks replacement of the affected wood.