You may have noticed discolored wood or a soft spot in your basement. Or maybe the crumbling wood is on your roof. Is it dry rot? Find out how to spot the most common signs of dry rot in your home.
What Is Dry Rot?
Dry rot is a fungus that grows on wood. It spreads as it seeks fuel to help it grow. The more humidity you have in your area, the faster the mold will grow. You can’t clean dry rot; you must replace the affected areas.
Causes of Dry Rot
Water damage causes dry rot. You may find dry rot on your roof, beneath your siding, or around your window frames. Dry rot is also common in basements. When certain parts of your house don’t have proper sealing, water can seep in and soak into wood features. If wood makes contact with water for too long, it becomes soft and moist—the perfect breeding ground for mold.
Signs of Dry Rot
If water leaks into your home, it can cause dry rot. You should take care of water damage immediately to prevent further issues. Letting water damage progress can lead to dry rot. Signs of dry rot include:
- Deep cracks in the grain of the wood
- Damp or musty smell
- Decaying wood that easily crumbles
- Gray or discolored patches of spores
- Mushroom bodies growing from the affected area
Treating Dry Rot
The only way to treat dry rot is to remove the affected area and replace it. Water damage is not only unsightly, but it may also harm your health. Dry rot can have an adverse effect on hypersensitive individuals. If you’re deciding between siding repair and siding replacement, you should replace your siding when dry rot has affected it. The same goes for your roof, windows, and drywall.
Watch out for the most common signs of dry rot in your home. Once it starts, you can’t stop it without replacing the affected area. Humidity allows dry rot to grow faster, so you should inspect your siding, roof, basement, windows, and more at least once each year.