If you hear someone mention "dry rot," you might be thinking that such a thing is not possible. After all, rotting things need moisture to rot, right? Well, actually, yes and no. Most fungi involved in the decomposition process do require moisture and wetness, but there are spores that can "eat" their way through dry boards if the conditions are right. Here is more on dry rot, and how dry rot repair applies to your home's siding.
The Dry Rot Fungus
The dry rot fungus is a strange creature. It starts life as a spore. The spores need moisture to grow, after which they develop into long fibrous strands known as hyphae. The hyphae (and mycellum, at a later stage) do not need moisture as they suck whatever they can out of the wood to which they are attached. (Hence the name dry rot.)
At this point, you may think you have a problem with spiders, since the strands look a lot like spider webs and cobwebs. As these hyphae collect into a giant mass, they prepare to reproduce and shoot out hundreds more spores to spread out. If you discover something that looks like simple spider silk attached to bare wood in your home, clear it away quickly and carefully. This stops the process just long enough for you to get remediation and restoration expert out to look at what you have scraped away.
How Siding Dry Rot Repair Applies to Your Home
If your home has wood siding, or wood underlay with no protective cover over the top of it, your home could easily get dry rot. The problem with dry rot is that it removes all the fibers from the wood that make it strong, causing the wood to split, crack and fall away. Homes have completely collapsed when dry rot was not caught in time.
Additionally, dry rot underneath vinyl siding can travel the length of the vinyl siding using the siding as a guide to move forward and backward and attach itself to the bare wood underneath. Since the fungus looks like spider silk or cobwebs, you may not even take notice of its presence on your home's exterior until part of your wall buckles and crumbles. If you know that your home is very old, and you think you may have dry rot, have a contractor check it out immediately so that the dry rot can be removed, destroyed and your home's siding can be replaced and repaired to prevent major structural damage.
If you are concerned about dry rot, contact a business such as Lifetime Exteriors.