Subject: Dry Rot (house)
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998
Dear Dr. Rot;
Several wooden floor slats in our bedroom have been attacked by dry rot. Will it be necessary for us to change all the flooring, or can we just change the affected ones? This is also true of our window jambs and closets. Dry rot is attacking our home. HELP!!!
Many thanks. Angelique
Hmmm.... Well, we have products that will restore the wood, floors,
windows and closets. What approach you take will depend on how extensive
the rot is. Anything that will be painted can be restored no matter how
bad the rot is. For floors, which are often clear-finished, the restored
wood may not match in color and pattern the rest of the planks. It all
depends.... Maybe you can get back to me with some indication of how bad
the rot is. Send pictures if you want.
More importantly, though, you need to discover why all this rot is
occuring. In a dry, reasonably ventilated environment, the rot should
not be appearing. It sounds to me as if you have a moisture/ventilation
problem under the floor. I would bet that you have a crawl-space that is
getting moisture in somehow, and/or not being ventilated properly.
Get back to me with particulars and I will help guide you along from