When you see part of your house rotting, don’t wait to have a professional address it. This particular homeowner waited and when they finally did call, we found the dry rot actually covered most of one side of their home. Dry rot occurs when the wood or timbers in a structure have a moisture level above 20% and is the cause of over $17 Billion in damage every year in the US. It actually destroys more timber every year than fire.
In this case, we pulled away the exterior wall by the chimney first – where the damage was visible – and kept going until we found good structural integrity of the wood. Then we replaced all the dry rot wood and sealed it to prevent further damage.
This homeowner tells their friends, “Don’t ignore small cracks. As soon as you see any damage, call the experts.”