Easy Ways to Prevent Dry Rot in Your Home

Dry Rot

Despite its name, dry rot results from exposure of wood to high levels of moisture. It can be very destructive to your home and is better dealt with by prevention rather than by treatment. It can occur practically anywhere in your home that has wood exposed to moisture. Common sites include roofs, decks, crawl spaces and doorways.

If you’re lucky enough not to have been affected by dry rot, it is time to take some precautions to prevent its development. The following are some simple ways that you can get started:

  1. Maintaining gutters

Gutters are designed to guide runoff from roofs away from the roof and home. Despite this important role, they are often forgotten when it comes to the maintenance of the home.

In order for gutters to function properly, they need to be cleaned and maintained regularly. This ensures that gutters do not allow water to pool on the roof or drain near the foundation of the home. Down spouts should be cleaned and cleared of debris to prevent overflowing of the gutters. Broken or faulty gutters ought to be replaced.

  1. Replace wood

It is important to inspect your home for signs of dry rot. Have a professional inspect your home and determine just how deep an infestation you have if any. A professional contractor can help you replace wood that has been affected and therefore stop the spread of the fungi in your home.

  1. Keep moisture out

One of the most important things to do to prevent an infestation is to keep moisture out. This will mean having your foundation inspected to determine what waterproofing method to apply. You should also consider investing in dehumidifiers for spaces that are high in ambient moisture, such as the bathroom, kitchen or basement. This will keep moisture levels down throughout the home and prevent the development of the fungi.

  1. Prevent leaking and flooding

If you have a basement, it is important to keep a close eye out for leaks. Leaks should be repaired as soon as possible. Invest in a sump pump to prevent flooding in your basement. The system should have a battery backup pump that will take over in case the primary pump breaks down.

Dealing with dry rot can be expensive and involving. Preventing it from establishing itself in your home is the most affordable and easiest way to deal with this problem. Contact us today for more information!