More wood is replaced each year because of decay damage than all other home maintenance items! Commonly called Dry Rot, wood destroying fungi need three things to survive: air, water, and food. Since we can't eliminate air and their food is the wood in our homes, the only mechanical control mechanism available to us is the elimination of water.
Dry Rot and Termites are extremely destructive and costly. It can be frustrating when we realize that we are in an ongoing and never ending battle between us and these forces. It doesn’t have to be that way if you change the environment in which they live and thrive. Keep it dry! We know what to do.
In the spirit of keeping it simple and relevant, I won’t go into too much detail and all the types and stages of Dry Rot. The main thing we need to know is how to prevent it from reoccurring. As homeowners, we already know destructive it is to our homes and exterior structures.
• Although wood-destroying insects, such as termites, are attracted to decayed wood, they also inhabit sound wood. Always probe or use the pick test to confirm that what you’ve found is sound wood.