Dry Rot Damage in MA and RI


Ironically, the cause of dry rot damage is actually an excess of moisture that makes contact with wood. Dry rot is a condition wherein fungus slowly breaks down wood bers, which makes the wood brittle and weak. When touched, this weakened wood feels dry, and so the name dry rot was coined.

Dry and rotting wood

e dry rot fungus has the uncanny ability to trans- port water from wet to dry areas, so even if the wood isn’t that wet, there is still a chance that the fungus may appear. If it isn’t stopped in time, the fungus will render the wood so weak that the slightest touch may completely disintegrate it.

Preventing Dry Rot Damage

An important thing to note is that to prevent dry rot damage, you need to reduce or wholly eliminate the excess moisture. It isn’t as simple as getting a leaky pipe xed, nor is it as complicated as stopping water in ltra- tion through your basement foundation.

One of the most common signs of dry rot and termite damage happens when wood comes into contact with soil, as it happens with a failed foundation.

If the moisture can’t be controlled, or if the dry rot fun- gus has gained leverage, then your best bet is to treat the wood so that it stops the growth of the fungus. A good way to treat the wood is with borate, or boric acid. Additionally, borate prevents insect damage, and wood should be treated during construction, repairs, or as a remedial treatment to hinder the growth of an active fungus infestation.

e wood preservative is applied in liquid form, but keep in mind that borate is water soluble, so don’t use them where liquid water is present.

Fused borate is what is used to protect log ends while the log home is being constructed, and wood utility poles ght against dry rot.

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