Dry Rot Deck Repair
Dry rot is a tricky foe to fight. Even its name is deceiving since it’s not dried at all but in fact occurs due to excess moisture. But what exactly is it? Actually, it is a fungus which can cause mildew, mold, staining, or decay in wood. Micro-organisms remove cellulose from the timber, leaving it brittle and vulnerable. And like any fungus, all that’s required is some heat, moisture, dirt, and a dark place to grow. So when it comes to outdoor waterproof decking, it loves water proof decks, especially ones built in extreme weather regions: hot, humid summers and wet, foggy winters are prime conditions for decay. But it doesn’t stop there. If it isn’t detected and removed immediately, it could spread like a bad rash and create even more damage (and more costly repairs), which is why this fungus is often called the “cancer” of homes.
It often appears grayish and covers surfaces in long sheets of mold. But sometimes the wood will simply look dark and decayed. In this case, it’s important to determine if its fungus or pests causing the damage. Sometimes it could be a combination of both since dry rot can attract termites and other wood-eating insects. But often the main problem with dry rotting waterproofed decks is that you cannot see all the fungus. Therefore it’s a good idea to hire California Deck Coatings a professional who is trained to detect all areas the disease may be hiding.
Though it loves the outdoors, dry rot can happen inside the house as well: under sinks, around windows, within shower stalls, on door frames, in the attic. But it often occurs in thresholds between a home’s interior and exterior because it thrives on outdoor structures, such as fencing, wood siding, eaves of roofs, and of course, decking. However, before looking for a solution, you must try to find every trace of it so it doesn’t continue to grow and enter into the home. A licensed professional should be able to conduct a thorough inspection of dry rotting decks, paying special attention to earth-to-wood contact, such as posts and under potted plants. They should also check out your house’s foundation, siding, and interior.
Portions of the dry rotting deck must be immediately removed and replaced. However, as we’ve said before, you must be able to detect everything. Simply replacing the visually damaged areas won’t do any good if there is an adjacent piece of lumber infected. The disease can spread and immediately contaminate the new installations.
At California Deck Coatings we are dry rot professionals If you are unsure of whether a part of your property has dry rot due to water damage, it is best to get in touch with California Deck Coatings, a specializing waterproofing contractor. California decking offers complimentary consultations and has all the experience to diagnose a problem accurately and effectively.
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