DRY ROT DAMAGE THAT CAN OCCUR AND HOW WE ADDRESS IT:
Repairing dry rot damage increases the structural stability and (along with seismic retrofitting) helps fortify your commercial or residential property in the event of an earthquake. Dry rot repairs and maintenance can include a wide variety of tasks including proper caulking, painting, and siding and trim work maintenance. If your interior and/or exterior walls have dry rot damage, it is necessary to repair this issue so your property’s structural integrity will stand strong for many years to come.
We offer commercial and residential dry rot repair services throughout San Francisco and beyond.
ORIGIN OF THE PROBLEM
This condition occurs when wood structures are damp or have wood-dirt contact and begin to deteriorate. As the moisture increases, harmful fungi attacks the wood, breaking it down and causing it to weaken and rot. The reason it is referred to as “dry rot” is because the wood appears to be dry. Most buildings have some form of dry rot where paint or other flashing barriers have not been applied to areas exposed to weather.
HOW WE REPAIR DRY ROT
- Every bit of wood that is damaged needs to be removed. We continue to remove dry rot until structurally integral wood is discovered.
- Using a wire brush, loosened material is removed from all surfaces of the infestation, including metal, masonry, and pipes. Resulting dust and debris is removed as well.
- Our two-part dry rot process prevents moisture from re-establishing itself.
- Substantially dry rot-damaged materials such as mud sills, floor joists, and floor beams in the crawl space area are rebuilt.
- Install a sump pump.
Preventing Dry Rot in a Basement: Remove all standing water sources, then install a plastic vapor barrier on the walls and floors. Install a self-draining dehumidifier powerful enough to dry the area (at least a 100-liter model).
Preventing Dry Rot in a Crawl Space: Ensure adequate cross-ventilation is circulating air. Encapsulate the crawl space with a crawl space liner. In some instances, you may need to install a sump pump.
Repairing the dry rot in your building will also increase its resale value! The moment you discover dry rot in your structure, or if you would like to ensure there are no hidden dry rot areas, it is vital to give the experts at Victor Construction & Engineering a call instantly. We will properly identify all the areas of dry rot by performing an in-depth on-site evaluation. Our dry rot repair team will walk you through the entire process, from start to finish. We use only quality products to repair the damage, so your building will last for decades to come. We are the expert in dry repair with over 30 years of experience.
Check out some frequently asked questions about dry rot repair and VCE’s answers.