How to Identify Wood Rot

Wood Rot

Here’s a guide to identifying wood rot.

Wood rot is one of the most common things that wood fence owners and wood deck owners need to deal with once spring rolls around. Since rain is so common during the spring months, wood rot can set in rapidly and leave you with a structurally unsafe fence or deck. How can you identify wood rot this spring?

What Types of Rot Exist?

There are two common types of rot that can affect wood and timber: dry rot and wet rot. Dry rot occurs as a result of fungus and wet rot occurs when wood remains wet for a long period of time. Dry rot is a much more serious problem and might mean that you need to replace your fence or deck altogether. Wet rot can be treated, depending on the severity and location, and allow your fence or deck to stay intact with little issue.

Is It Dry Rot?

Dry rot is identifiable due to its color. In early stages, dry rot looks like off-white cottony material on the surface of the wood. If the wood is in direct sunlight, dry rot might look yellowish in color. Dry rot might also manifest through mushrooms or fungus actually growing on the surface of the wood on top of paint or plaster. The growth of fungus on the outside of your wood is one of the first signs of dry rot to many homeowners. Also, take the time to check over your wood for any long and deep cracks. Press deeply on the wood to look for any crumbling or cracking as a result.

Is It Wet Rot?

Wet rot is most common in places that regularly have moisture, like the areas of your deck close to the ground or places that often have puddles. Applying a very light amount of pressure to the wood can expose dry rot hiding beneath a layer of paint or stain.

Spring Home Maintenance Supplies from Fisher Lumber

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