In basic biology, we learned that every organic material such as food and even nails break down into simpler organisms through decomposition. However, we sometimes forget that a huge percentage of our roofing structure depends heavily on wood, which is an organic material. Wood is highly dependable and can survive decades before wood degradation becomes a threat to your home’s roofing structure. However, if you don’t know how to treat dry rot when it starts, it can accelerate the degradation process.
How do you know when your wood is experiencing dry rot? Is there a way how to treat dry rot and preserve your roof structure lifespan? Wise Property Care has an excellent post about what is dry rot.
How to Treat Dry Rot: What is Dry Rot?
Dry rot is a very serious timber condition that often does its damage while hidden from view. It may be surprising that something as distinctive as dry rot fungus can spread unnoticed, but dry rot often grows where people do not look – behind plaster, under floorboards or up in lofts. For this reason it is important to know the subtle signs of dry rot as well as the obvious ones.
Knowing how to spot the tell tale signs of dry rot will help catch it as early as possible, saving time, effort and cost when it comes to applying dry rot treatment. If the dry rot signs highlighted below are appearing in your property we would recommend visiting our dry rot treatment page. (Continued)
Is there any way how to treat dry rot and improve your Calgary AB property lifespan? There are ways to slow down or even cut off the mold infestation. However, it requires the complete knowledge of all known mold infestations and how much they’ve spread throughout the property.
DIY Doctor has a great repair method on how to treat dry rot in homes. However, they still advise to use a reputable Calgary AB roofing contractor to perform roof attic wood replacements in the event of severe rotting damage. Read more below.
How to Treat Dry Rot: The DIY Procedure (High Risk)
There are a number of ways you can treat and repair dry rot-affected timber.
Remember that if there’s any indication that there is a damp problem in your house, you will need to find the cause of this and treat it before treating and repairing dry rot damage.
This is because any new damp will dilute the treatment chemicals that you have applied – the dilution will happen because all of these chemicals are water soluble so that they can enter damp masonry and timber.
If you do have Dry Rot present in your house, you should use the Fugenex sensor sticks mentioned above to understand how far the rot has spread in your house.
If you’re sure that the rot is only present in exposed timber, i.e. exposed joists, then you will need to just treat the timber itself, along with any masonry that the joists are in contact with.
Obviously, if your timber’s structure has been severely damaged by the rot, you will need to replace it (or get it replaced by a building professional). More information on which timber to use for different applications is available on the Timber Trade Federation website. (Continued)
Lastly, if you plan to go DIY in removing all the mold, it is important to use standard safety equipment. Molds are a health hazard that can cause respiratory illnesses that lead to death. Without the right equipment, you’re increasing the risk of accumulating this disease. This is more threatening than simply removing the mold to preserve your roof’s lifespan and durability.
Mold Answers has a great list of equipment every Calgary AB DIYer should have when attempting to repair or restore their wood framing and applying how to treat dry rot procedures effectively.
How to Treat Dry Rot: Safety Equipment For Personnel
Personal protective equipment for mold removal is necessary because the process of cleaning up mold exposes you to potentially hazardous mold spores. Microscopic mold spores are very light and they easily become airborne, which makes them easy to inhale. Inhalation of mold spores puts you at risk for all sorts of mold-related health problems (click here to read about some of those).
You can find personal protective gear at hardware and home improvement stores, as well as online. We’ll tell you what to look for.
Disposable gloves are available in several different materials, including latex, vinyl, and nitrile (a type of synthetic rubber). Some people are allergic to latex, but otherwise it’s mostly a matter of personal preference.Make sure you choose the right size gloves for your hands. Gloves that are too big or loose-fitting will allow mold spores to get inside the gloves onto your hands. (Continued)
Remember, how to treat dry rot in attic requires safety equipment and in-depth knowledge to fully remove and repair. In case your roof attic is beyond repair due to wood rot, you can count on No Payne Roofing’s decades of experience and knowledge in roof replacements in addressing your full attic renovation. Contact us today to know more.