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Where to Look for Dry Rot in Your Home

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Where to Look for Dry Rot in Your Home

Dry rot is a constant threat to homeowners. Not only can dry rot cause damage to affected timber, it can quickly spread throughout a structure. When left unchecked, dry rot can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Check out VCE’s guide to where to look for dry rot in your home to prevent it from taking hold and spreading.


One of the most common parts of a home for dry rot damage is the basement. Basements are often damp, dark, and have the ideal moisture levels for dry rot growth. Basements often contain washing machines and are susceptible to water damage from weather events or other sources. Since many homes have basements, they must be checked regularly for any unusal smells or growths. If you notice any of the following in your basement, contact a dry rot removal service immediately:

  • Damp smell
  • Warped wood
  • Cracks
  • Standing water
  • Grey strands on walls
  • Decaying timber


Dry rot is very common in bathrooms. This is because parts of the home that are exposed to water, humidity, and moisture offer an ideal climate for its growth. Every bathroom in your home should be checked regularly for anything irregular. You will need to check around your shower or bathtub, behind toilets, inside vents, around windows, and anywhere else in your bathroom to ensure there is no dry rot damage. Dry rot can even affect the floor of your bathroom, which can lead to seriously dangerous conditions. Rotten floor joists are extremely costly to repair, so make sure to stay ahead of the problem and contact a dry rot removal expert immediately if you notice any signs of damage.


No matter how large your kitchen is, you should inspect it regularly for dry rot. Check behind your refrigerator, around your counters, along window sills and doors, around the floors, behind the sink, and everywhere else in your kitchen. If you notice anything unusual, you may be dealing with kitchen dry rot. Your kitchen is one of the main locations for water exposure in your home. Even a small leak can quickly lead to serious damage. It is especially important that kitchens are sanitary and clean, so don’t delay in contacting an expert when you notice a strange growth or smell. 

The Rest of the Home

While the aforementioned parts of the home are the most commonly affected by dry rot, it can occur anywhere. Beyond this, it spreads fast, eating away at any healthy timber it can find. Keep an eye on any part of your home that contains the following:

  • Exterior walls
  • Gutters
  • Downspouts
  • Pipes
  • Roof
  • Wooden door frames
  • Wooden windowsills
  • Attic
  • Crawl spaces

Contact Victor Construction & Engineering

If you are in need of commercial dry rot removal in Marin County, contact VCE. We offer dry rot services at the most affordable rates in the area. Call (415) 235-5656 to make an appointment.