SERVPRO Explains - What Is Dry Rot?
Dry rot can happen to any time or wood and in any climate. It can ruin the structure of your home and is most commonly found in attics, basements, and under sinks.
What causes dry rot?
Despite the word “dry” in its name the fungus that causes dry rot grows when the moisture in the wood exceeds 20% or when the wood is exposed to sitting water and extreme humidity. Dry rot can leave wood weak and brittle.
The primary clues to look for in dry rot:
- Yellow tinge to the surface
- Deep cracks in the wood
- Wood will crumble
Since moisture is necessary for the fungus to grow, you can typically find dry rot when:
- After a flood or natural disaster
- After a plumbing accident or water damage
- In humid climates
- When wood is not properly dried
How can I protect my home from dry rot?
- Have a roofing company inspect your roof annually to check for leaks or holes that can let water in and cause dry rot.
- Make sure your gutters are installed properly and are directing water away from your home.
- Check your plumbing to make sure you don’t have any noticed leaks.
- Make sure your ventilation in bathrooms, kitchen and attics is working properly and can remove excess moisture from your home.
Why Choose SERVPRO of Western Lake County?
Properly restoring your home after a water damage event requires specialized equipment and products. This advanced equipment helps us to remove the water, even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently. We then dry the structure with powerful dehumidifiers. We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.