Ugh, I have what?? Dry rot? What is that??
It is actual rotten wood, and just like the rotten mold growing on your cheese in the back of the fridge, it is going to keep growing moldier and moldier until it is completely consumed by said mold, and nothing of the cheese you knew remains.
This is what will happen to the wood holding your home together as well, if you do not take precautions against the dreaded dry rot!
So what is it really?
Dry rot is wood decay caused by certain species of fungi that digest parts of the wood which give the wood strength and stiffness. It was previously used to describe any decay of cured wood in ships and buildings by a fungus which resulted in a darkly colored deteriorated and cracked condition.
The life-cycle of dry rot can be broken down into four main stages. Dry rot begins as a microscopic spore which, in high enough concentrations, can resemble a fine orange dust. If the spores are subjected to sufficient moisture they will begin to grow fine white strands known as hyphae. As the hyphae germinate they will eventually form a large mass known as mycelium. The final stage is a fruiting body which pumps new spores out into the surrounding air.
In other fields, the term has been applied to the decay of crop plants by fungi and the deterioration of rubber.
Where do you find Dry Rot?
Just like mold and fungi, it thrives on moist dark places. Typically from water intrusion in walls, floors, and exterior siding. Once it starts growing, it will continue to thrive if the conditions remain moist.
How to Treat for Dry Rot?
Any and all dampened wood or other materials need to be removed and replaced. You should treat any remaining wood with an antifungal solution. Apply it liberally and allow it to fully dry before you begin the replacement process. During this process you should identify the source of the moisture intrusion, and repair that as well. Read more about treating dry rot from Wikipedia
I love the History behind the terminology! --->> An explanation of the term "dry rot" circles around boatyards periodically. In the age of wooden ships, boats were sometimes hauled for the winter and placed in sheds or dry dock for repair. The boats already had some amount of rot occurring in the wood members, but the wood cellular structure was full of water making it still function structurally. As the wood dried out, the cell walls would crumble. In other words, the wood was already rotten and as the boat dried, the wood collapsed and crumbled, causing the workers in the yard to determine it was "dry rot", when in fact, the wood had been rotten all along.
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