I can spot rotting wood a mile away.

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I can spot rotting wood a mile away.


Maybe that’s an exaggeration but I don’t have to poke at the wood to know that there is a dry rot problem. Being a contractor has put me in front of wood damaged by water and soil in thousands of situations. I don’t always need to get up close to see that there is a problem.

Rotted window trim in Sacramento


Today I had an opportunity to look at some exterior siding and trim damage. Much of the rotted wood members were up on the second story walls, I could get an accurate estimate of damage without spending half to day dragging the ladder around. This is not a flawless method, but with experience in knowing where to look and what to look for, the estimated damages are pretty close.

Rotted wood trim around window


I’ve seen a lot of dry rot damage in my 25 years as a home improvement general contractor. If you are in the Sacramento area, and are interested in having your exterior siding and trim checked for water and dry rot damage, give us a call for a free estimate of damages.

 

Tromler Construction

Dry Rot and Water Damage Specialists

916-765-5366

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Rainmaker
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Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
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Hi Tom, your title made me think of vultures smelling death a mile away.  But you are right wood rot does smell and I am sure your odor olfactory is better tuned than mine!

Mar 09, 2012 08:24 AM #55
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

It always amazes me how owners don't or can't see this when it's pretty darn evident to everyone else.

Mar 09, 2012 09:06 AM #56
Rainmaker
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

do you still carry a screw driver taped to a long stick?  Nothing like high tech tools!

Mar 09, 2012 12:24 PM #57
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

As you know, often times it is just the tip of the iceberg James.

Mar 09, 2012 12:33 PM #58
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Home inspectors can really associate with this topic because they always come across the stuff. Other will recognize it too, if they keep looking Donald.

Mar 09, 2012 12:33 PM #59
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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It's a secret!  :)

Just kidding, I'm sure someone will be answering this question Wayne.

Mar 09, 2012 12:33 PM #60
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Neglect may be the biggest promoter of rot. Empty buildings never helps the situation Karen.

Mar 09, 2012 12:33 PM #61
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

You bring up a good point. Regular paint maintenance can help in preventing dry rot damages. Let's keep the water out Dorte!

Mar 09, 2012 12:34 PM #62
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Thanks Brent, I was hoping for someone to breathe some insite into this term - Dry Rot.

Have you seen my Sawz-All?  :)

Mar 09, 2012 12:34 PM #63
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Maybe we do develop a keen sense of smell from doing this after a while Bob. Good to hear from you.

Mar 09, 2012 12:34 PM #64
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Me too Lyn. I stopped questioning it. I try to educate, and am willing to do the repairs.

Mar 09, 2012 12:34 PM #65
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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I don't ever remember taping a screwdriver to a long stick Gene.  :)

Maybe I should.

 

Mar 09, 2012 01:32 PM #66
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Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Dry rot can be a common inspection item that comes up in a lot of home inspections in Flagstaff, too. Great investigating!

Mar 09, 2012 10:47 PM #67
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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So I guess you have seen your share of damaged wood siding and trim too Sylvie.

Mar 10, 2012 12:42 PM #68
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Mike Young
203kOnLine.com, covering the USA - Las Vegas, NV
FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809

Nice post Tom. I see streamlined k loans when they ask NOT to have termite report... then you see this kind of dryrot. The appraiser will call it if we don't, or worse yet, they fund the loan and you have to make the repairs with no money in the kitty. You are a wealth of knowledge. 

Mar 13, 2012 05:30 AM #69
Rainmaker
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

It's crazy;" homes that sell & don't get treated properly! It ends up costing so much more! If the home get's neglected, it's not good for anyone and could become UNNECESSARILY dangerous!

Mar 13, 2012 06:50 AM #70
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Thanks Mike.

I bet with those 203 k loans, you have to really know your stuff.

You sound like that guy!

Mar 13, 2012 02:18 PM #71
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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I agree Jon, water and rot damage can come back to haunt you!

Mar 13, 2012 02:19 PM #72
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Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

There are certain areas of a house that have a high probability of dry rot. We invented dry rot up here in Oregon!

Mar 20, 2012 05:39 AM #73
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Your invention is doing quite well Tigard.  :)

You are right about those areas of high probability, some are virtually certain.

Mar 20, 2012 12:58 PM #74
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