There is nothing more devastating to a person than to learn that they have dry rot in their home or business. Common in Seattle, Washington, this condition ordinarily applies to older buildings and is a wood decay. This is caused by fungi that eat and digest wood. As a rule, these fungi require moisture, but brown rot decay fungi can deteriorate wood without regular dampness. It is believed these latter fungi produce their moisture.
The importance of calling a Seattle Handyman when dry rot is first observed cannot be over emphasized. This company has well-trained personnel who can immediately identify the type of dry rot involved and determine the extent of the problem.
The cycle of rot damage can be divided into four parts:
• Small fungi spores, which resembles fine orange dust, attaches to the wood
• With moisture, these spores turn into fine white strands (hyphae)
• Hyphae grows and turns into mycelium
• Mycelium grows into a large mass (fruiting body)
• The fruiting body disperses new spores into the air
If a large amount of damage has been done, of course, the wood must be replaced. In cases where the rot is just beginning, there are certain products that can be used to stop the damage. These products kill the rot and restore the wood’s integrity.
When a Seattle Handyman is called, he will assess the situation and determine if the dry rot is confined to a small area. If this is the case, after locating any moisture and eliminating the source, he may use one of the following applications:
• An Epoxy Mixture (fills in canals in rotten wood)
• Copper Naphthenate (saturates remaining wood after dry rot is removed)
• Ethylene Glycol (used to saturate remaining dry rot area when new wood is applied)
If dry rot is caught in the beginning, it is no big deal to have a Seattle Handyman remove it and apply the proper materials to stop it from spreading further. If it is advanced, he can explain what wood replacement is necessary to restore the structure to its original condition. By calling a local Seattle Handyman, they can stop the dry rot before it causes excessive damage to a home or business and is a cost saving move.