“I have a dry rot problem, but it’s only cosmetic!”

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“I have a dry rot problem, but it’s only cosmetic!”

 

I have heard of dry rot damage considered a “cosmetic problem” on several occasions. As a property owner, we sometimes have to trust that an expert may be better qualified to make that determination. An expert can have much more experience in seeing the extent and progression that dry rot can take over time.

 dry rot in beam at apartment community


Granted, some areas of dry rot can be less severe than others. The extent of the damage can only be evaluated until the damaged area is exposed. I recently was told that the trim board at an apartment community had minor, cosmetic dry rot damage. After pulling off the trim board, which was much worse than expected, the structural support beam also was damaged. The damage to the beam was bad enough that it warranted replacement; not a “cosmetic repair”.

 

Need advice on the extent of dry rot damage to your property in the Sacramento area?

Contact Tromler Construction at 916-765-5366

 

 


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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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But wait, Cosmo Model Man, now that it's exposed a little caulk to fill the gaps and duct tape to keep it dry, recover with the trim board and you're back in business.

Mike is right - there really is no such thing as dry rot.  Rot is always wet that might dry out, but it's the wet that causes the rotting.  Fungus amungus you know.

Sep 29, 2012 09:48 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
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When you see something like your picture and you are a shopper and willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars, this is a deal killer. No fast talk or gibberish can make this go away. Also, it makes one wonder about the rest of the home...If there was ever a way to get people to run back to their cars....dry rot il do it every time..Kiss of death here...good post Tom

Sep 29, 2012 11:52 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I have seen some significant dry rot damage Myrl, so I can imagine what you are talking about. I can almost smell it too!

The trouble that some people go through to hide this stuff is amazing.

Sep 30, 2012 01:45 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Debbie - Saying that something is cosmetic implies that it can be covered up - doesn't it? 

Sep 30, 2012 01:45 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Mike - This one was in the serious dry rot category. Once the damage gets into the structural lumber, it has to be corrected.

Sep 30, 2012 01:45 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I have seen similar attempts to fix dry rot problems Jay; they don't seem to work as well as the inventor thought.  :)

I agree with the wet/dry rot description, I use the term dry rot because that seems to be the general excepted term in California.

Sep 30, 2012 01:45 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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We do our best to correct the problem quickly, so that property can be marketed without this cloud hanging over the home Richie. Agents find it a lot easier knowing that the problem has been fixed.

Sep 30, 2012 01:46 AM #26
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
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Tom:

Owners don't understand that dry rot and termites can do damage and you may not see it.  Those people need an expert to assess the damage.

Sep 30, 2012 03:03 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I think that owners need to realize that this is common and can be corrected Evelyn.

 

Sep 30, 2012 03:30 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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You will feel much better once this is completed Erica!

Sep 30, 2012 04:12 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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Since it's "cosmetic" damage I wonder if it can be fixed with a little filler and BOTOX?!?  LOL  (doubt it, looks like major reconstructive surgery to me)

Sep 30, 2012 07:15 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Now your thinking like a Californian Carla.

:)

 

Sep 30, 2012 07:51 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Goran Utvic
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Tom was that trim board just nailed to the structural beam? Was there some king of cap or flashing?

 

Sep 30, 2012 08:31 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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You got it Goran!

The trim board was nailed to the structural beam with no flashing whatsoever.

Sep 30, 2012 08:35 AM #34
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William Emeline

There is a reason why some people call this cosmetic because once you have opened one of these up you will come to realize that the damage doesn't stop at the surface most of the time what ever the trim baord is covering is also rotten.

Sep 30, 2012 08:36 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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You make some good points here William. Dry rot damage is often much larger than originally expected, a qualified contractor can best determine the extent of the repairs that need to be done.

Sep 30, 2012 08:56 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Adrian Willanger
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Tom, I've seen this quite often in the Seattle area on decks, windows and doors. I think most of the damage couldn't been minimized or avoided with proper flashing. Others are just doomed from the start with bad designs.  

Oct 01, 2012 01:55 AM #37
Rainer
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Spectrum Inspection Group
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Great info.  Thanks for the post!

Oct 01, 2012 06:55 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Adrian - Wood will rot, we can do our best to reduce or slow it down.  :)

 

Spectrum - You are welcome.

 

JB - It sounds like you are a Public Adjuster. Thanks for the input.

Oct 02, 2012 09:34 AM #40
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Sheree Holsey
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ok... don't tell anyone, but you are the first gen. contractor I've met that does not bore me to tears! Thank for the info. Take care!

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