Interior and Exterior Dry Rot Repairs
No doubt about it, Portland is wet! Whether the source is a construction defect, failed exterior paint, or a long-term leak, moisture can cause devastating damage to your home through the wood rot process. SFW Construction LLC, one of Portland’s most-trusted general contractors and a dry rot repair specialist, can tackle your interior or exterior dry rot repair with expertise unlikely to be matched by other Oregon contractors.
What is dry rot and how does it affect your home?
Rot is the leading cause of damage in wood structures in and around the Portland area. Dry rot, which is sometimes called “brown rot,” “wood rot,” and “wet rot,” is bad enough in and of itself, but can lead to even more issues like mold and mildew. This is because dry rot is actually a fungi which can grow with no obvious source of moisture. In fact, this strange fungi can actually be fed by moisture in the air! This makes dry rot difficult to spot prior to it spreading and near-impossible to predict. As it spreads, the fungi literally eats away at the wood leaving it dark and crumbly. At that point, you can even crush the wood into small chips or powder with your bare hand! Unfortunately, once dry rot begins spreading within a structure, it doesn’t stop.
Where can dry rot be found?
As dry rot can infiltrate your home via interior and exterior sources and infest any wood structure, it can be found virtually anywhere in the home. It’s more likely to take hold where moisture is likely to be present, but you can find it in posts, beams, kitchen and bathroom floors and walls, deck framing, deck boards, eaves, roofs, near damaged gutters, foundations, sill plates, window and door framing, siding, cripple walls and crawl spaces, among others. Spotting rot is not always easy, but there are some things you can look for.
Signs that you may have a dry rot problem
- You notice wood beginning to shrink, darken, or crack.
- You can easily penetrate wood surfaces with a screw driver.
- There is a musty odor present. Dry rot thrives in damp environments and a musty smell is a potential indicator of fungus.
- Wood surfaces are covered in something resembling the skin of a mushroom, or mold.
- Floors, particularly in the bathroom and kitchen, feel “springy” or creak when you walk on them.
If any of these signs are present, it’s imperative that you arrange to have a dry rot expert take a look. Ignoring it just means the rot is likely to spread and a relatively minor issue can turn into a major one–with major associated costs!
For dry rot, it’s important to use a specialistSFW Construction specializes in identifying dry rot issues and fixing them right. The first step is locating the SOURCE of the dry rot and performing whatever remediation necessary to prevent it from reoccurring. Then we’ll repair and/or replace the affected wood so that your house is as good as new. Very few Oregon contractors can match our experience when it comes to proper rot repair and remediation–in fact, we’re the company that THEY often call to handle their customers’ dry rot needs!
While dry rot is one of our specialties, being a full-service general contractor means that we have the ability to repair any other areas of the house affected by the rot too. For example, if the rot has damaged your siding, our siding professionals can replace or repair it as well as paint any affected areas after the repairs are made. If there is damage to (or underneath) the roof, our top-notch roofing crew can take of THAT, as well. You will find many Portland contractors that offer one or two of these services, but SFW Construction is proud to excel at several. Our customers like knowing that, when it comes to home repairs, they only need to deal with one contractor!
If you have dry rot, make sure it’s taken care of properly and doesn’t become a bigger problem down the line. Contact Portland’s dry rot experts today and see why we’re known throughout the Portland, Oregon area and beyond as THE company to call for dry rot repairs!
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