What is Dry Rot Treatment?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

A dry rot treatment is a process that is used to deal with fungus that breaks down wood components in different types of construction. There are several different types of treatments that fall under this broad category. Most are aimed at killing off the fungus that causes the dry rot, a measure that helps to stop the rate of deterioration with the wood.

Man with a drill
Man with a drill

Depending on the severity of the dry rot, several different methods may be used to treat the situation. One of the more common approaches to dry rot treatment is to isolate the sections of wood already infected with the fungus and remove them from the construction before the fungus can spread to other wood components. As part of the replacement process, the newer sections along with the existing components may be treated with a fungicide that helps to inhibit growth of fungi in the future.

When the fungus growth is caught early on, the dry rot treatment may focus more on killing the developing fungus before the wood is weakened to any great degree. When this is the case, the building is often treated with strong chemicals known as fungicides. These chemicals help to weaken and then kill the fungus before it has the chance to permeate deep into the body of the wood components, making it necessary to extract those components and replace them in order to prevent the collapse of the structure.

There is no one combination of fungicide chemicals or other forms of dry rot treatment that is universally utilized in every situation. Factors such as the type of wooden structure affected, the local climate, and even the degree of dry rot present will help guide the selection of methods used to deal with the situation. Typically, an inspection is conducted before a dry rot treatment is selected and a specific plan of action is implemented, making it possible to identify the most effective strategy both in terms of eliminating the dry rot and keeping the costs of the treatment process within reason.

Along with basic dry rot treatment, making changes in the building structure to prevent a recurrence of the dry rot is also helpful. This often involves improving the temperature and ventilation within the structure, measures that make the environment less accommodating to the development of the fungus. Periodic inspections to identify the presence of dry rot makes it easier to use a simpler dry rot treatment to quickly eradicate any signs of fungus, and keep the cost of maintenance and repairs much lower.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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