If you are anything like us this Spring, then you are spending your weekends running back and forth from Home Depot in attempts to beautifying your home. Solar garden lights here, a jug of Round Up there...Whether it's backyard BBQ's, pool parties or movie nights under the stars, you want to make sure that your home is ready. Whatever the reason may be, it's a good rule of thumb to be inspecting areas where moisture can linger around your home, particularly from rain, leaky hoses, running the sprinklers, potted plants, thick foliage, storage or whatever involves trapping stagnant water. Unfortunately, where this moisture gathers, it becomes perfect conditions for dry rot to flourish.
Dry rot is essentially a decaying wood fungus that eats away at the integrity of wood. Left unnoticed and dry rot can spread rapidly, turning a single dry rot spore into a giant and very expensive dry rot problem.
What is dry rot, specifically, though? Merriam-Webster defines dry rot as "a decay of seasoned timber caused by fungi that consumes the cellulose of wood leaving a soft skeleton which is readily reduced to powder" (Dry rot, n.d.). Dry rot can effect anything that is wood, most commonly areas concerning the home such as fencing, fascia, eaves, decks, patios, sheds and wood siding of any kind.
Overall, dry rot fungi is no fun when it comes to maintaining the durability of your home. While it begins as small patch rarely noticeable to the untrained eye, it will always grow into a bigger problem, guaranteed. If your curious to know if you have any dry rot developing, give us a call and we will come out for FREE and do a complete inspection of your property so you don't have you. Hosting garden parties is serious business, and that is why we are here to help.
Dry rot. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry rot