Dry rot can sometimes be referred to as brown rot and has the ability to destroy any type of wood inside or outside of your home. Dry rot takes place when there is decay in the wood and any other structures made of wood caused by different types of fungi. Fungi are caused by excess moisture and can be prevented. The fungus has the ability to break down the strength and stiffness of the wood. Weakened wood then becomes brittle and unappealing to the eye.
Identifying Dry Rot
Dry rot has the ability to spread very quickly so it is important to catch it early. Once the fungus spreads, it has the ability to make the wood disintegrate completely. Here are some ways in which you can identify dry rot before it spreads:
* Check your home for areas of wood that are shrunken and sunken.
* Check for fungus that appears as if it is cotton wool and has droplets of water on the surface of it.
* Cracks or darkened areas in the wood structure.
* Look for wood that has a skin-like growth that looks like a mushroom that is grey or silver in colour. You may also see patches of yellow or purple and may peel easily.
Dry Rot Prevention
There are a number of ways that you can prevent dry rot from destroying your home. You need to try to limit the amount of moisture that gets to the wood areas of your home. Here are some preventative methods that can be used to help keep dry rot from spreading:
* Make sure that your wood siding is properly installed by a professional who specializes in dry rot in Glasgow.
* Have your roof checked at least once year to prevent and identify potential dry rot, mould, or water damage.
* There are occasions in which dry rot can be caused by plumbing leaks. Consistently check for toilet and sink leaks in your bathroom and kitchen.
* Make sure that your attic, bathroom, and kitchen have the appropriate ventilation. Lack of ventilation has the ability to put too much moisture into the air which can cause dry rot.
* If you have an outdoor deck, make sure that it is sealed properly.
The first step to preventing dry rot is being able to identify it. Once it is identified it can easily be treated with the right level of professionalism. Click here to know more.
Richardson & Starling are experts in preventing and treating dry rot in Glasgow. Visit Richardsonandstarling.co.uk to learn more about the prevention services they offer.