Mistakes to Avoid When Treating Dry Rot

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Dry rot treatment consists of finding wood or other materials that were previously dampened and are now plagued by fungus that cause decay. Wood that has dry rot contains an infectious fungus. Dry rot can travel through wood and affect other materials as well. You can find dry rot in wood, plaster, and even masonry such as bricks and mortar. Avoid these common pitfalls to successfully repair dry rot in your home.

1. Incomplete Removal

When dry rotted wood has been detected, the treatment consists of removal and replacement. Any and all dampened wood or materials need to be immediately removed. One mistake to avoid is stopping after you discover the first section of wood with dry rot. Because the rot can travel, you need to inspect all materials in the area of the dry rot.

2. Leaving Untreated Materials

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One mistake you can avoid is replacing dry rotted materials with untreated materials. After removal of all dry rotted and dampened materials, you should treat any remaining materials or wood with an antifungal solution. Apply the fungicide liberally and allow it to fully dry before you begin the replacement process.

3. Failing to Correct the Moisture Problem

Yet another mistake you can make is not correcting the source of dampening. Before replacing any dry rotted materials, investigate to find the reason or cause for the dampening. Your wood and materials should stay dry. By detecting and preventing dampening, you can prevent dry rot in the future. After removing the rotted wood, your primary interest should be to ensure you have properly eliminated the cause of dampening. After correcting the dampening problem, you can begin the replacement process. You must treat any replacement wood and materials with fungicide and allow it to fully dry before installing. Do the same for any joints.