“There are two sides to every coin,” which is an economist’s way of saying “I have absolutely no idea where things are going.” Fortunately, when it comes to wood rot, there is really just one type of that kind of decay.
1.Wet vs. Dry Rot
You can run a dehumidifier, but that’s only going to do so much. If you have widespread dry rot, buying 20-or-30 dehumidifiers will most likely cost you much more than finding a professional to deal with it.
When water meets wood, things go to pot. Wet rot creeps up when a water source drips on lumber that’s untreated. The source of moisture seeps into the timber, the wood looks wet and, eventually, gets spongy.
Dry rot is like a mushroom. It’s a fungus. As the fungus matures, it shrinks and cracks the lumber. The result is that it looks like you’ve taken a knife and cut-out half-inch wide rectangles from the planks. There are also variations to this theme, like Dry Rot Fruiting Body and Dry Rot "Tear Drops."
2.How Dry Rot Looks
Rot of the dry variety has a dirty beige-to-ashen grey surface. It’s almost pretty with its light purple and orange accents. You can actually peel off the top of this skin like the white, thin strips from a birch tree. This kind of dry rot happens in less-humid environments.
When you’re in a sticky place, dry rot appears as puffy, white cotton-wool mycelium. “Teardrops” have a tendency to grow on the mushroom-like fungus. Along with that are pancakey-looking fruiting bodies. This inedible mushroom-like substance also spits out spore dust.
Dry rot starts with spores. They’re very light and when emitted from the fungus. They float around like micro-sized soap bubbles. They just need a little moisture to begin the havoc.
4.How Spores Grow
Wetness starts the process. Almost like a plant, moisture causes the spore to germinate. As it grows, it develops thin strings of hyphae. The strands join together to become what we talked about earlier: mycelium. What makes these progeny a real problem for wood can likewise wreak havoc on bricks, mortar and plaster. Mycelium, once they’ve evolved from one little spore, they can take-over an area. This is dry rot.
All types of rot threaten to erode the entire foundation of your home. This is the time to start thinking about talking to a contractor. You can run a dehumidifier, but that’s only going to do so much. If you have widespread dry rot, buying 20-or-30 dehumidifiers will most likely cost you much more than finding a professional to deal with it.
The person you pick to evict the mushrooms will do an inspection of the affected area. On the smart side, while they’re carrying out this analysis, you might want to have them do a complete exposure survey. That way you’ll find out where there the suburbs of spores are. Preventing future outbreaks is much better than treating the problem before it gets any worse.