You have a dry rot problem; do you need me to prove it?

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You have a dry rot problem; do you need me to prove it?

 

Having experience in a trade can help in finding problems that property owners may be having but do not yet know it. Dry rot damage can be Wood rotted post in Sacramentooverlooked until it has gotten serious; sometimes even dangerous. Someone with experience in seeing dry rot and water damage in many forms can help in finding damage before it gets too bad and expensive to repair.

I was at an apartment community today, discussing the extent of the rotted wood that I have seen on the property. Management and the maintenance supervisor have had a different perception of the condition of the property. I was not there to drum up business, scare the staff, or even prove how smart I was. I did think it was important that those that were responsible for the property know what I knew to be true.

While standing on a patio I stated that a post was rotted and needed attention. Although the post was covered with fence boards, there were signs that experience has proven to be evidence of a greater problem. Although the appearance did not look bad to those standing there, once the fence board was removed the truth was clear. The boards were rotted.

The signs of rot can take many forms: change in surface, early mold growth, rusty nails, and much more. The location of the lumber, heavy streams of water, dark locations, and extreme sun can each be a factor. These and many other factors can determine the likelihood of dry rot. Knowing where to look and what to look for can help in detecting the dry rot damage.

A qualified dry rot specialist can help in finding the problem areas. Years of experience in the detection and repair of rotted wood can go a long way in finding dry rot. If you are unsure about where to look for dry rot problems, call your local dry rot expert. I’m sure they would be glad to help out.

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Rainer
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Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Great post Tom. Why is it that so many homeowners don't take care of dry rot and other similar problems, even when they are obvious!

Oct 03, 2012 02:44 AM #5
Rainer
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

The difference between rot and dry rot is.........................?

Oct 03, 2012 03:26 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If I saw any evidence of ROT, I would love to be able to call in an expert..It only makes sense to do so..Good one here

Oct 03, 2012 03:46 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Tom:

I am surprised that the management and staff would not accept your word especially in view of the fact that you have a wealth of experience with dry rot.

Oct 03, 2012 04:31 AM #8
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Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Tom, it's so funny how people don't notice the dry rot on their own homes. Yet it always comes up on the home inspections.

Oct 03, 2012 08:43 AM #9
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

Thanks Sheila, I have found that nobidy really cares much about me.  :)

It is my job to share what I have found, the rest is up to the management and owners.

Oct 03, 2012 11:42 AM #10
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

I bring my car to a mechanic and he tell me things that I need to have done that I did not know. That's the reason we hire those with experience Michael.

Oct 03, 2012 11:43 AM #11
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

Thanks John, it was more than just a Gold Star this time. I need to find out what a Neighborhood Feature is.

Oct 03, 2012 11:43 AM #12
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

Thanks for the Tweet janeAnne.

Oct 03, 2012 11:56 AM #13
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

The must have some good, compelling reasons for waiting that we don't know about Donald.

Oct 03, 2012 11:56 AM #14
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

Robert - Semantics?

Oct 03, 2012 11:57 AM #15
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

Thanks Richie. It does make sense to me.

Oct 03, 2012 11:57 AM #16
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

 

I know that they have dealt with all sorts of "professionals", maybe they are a little gun shy Evelyn.  :)

Oct 03, 2012 11:57 AM #17
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

I am convinced that everyone has it to some extent, some worse than others Connie. If I start with that mindset, now I just have to find it.  :)  At least I know where to look.

Oct 03, 2012 11:58 AM #18
Rainer
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Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Tom ~ thanks for the tips about what to look for.

Oct 03, 2012 01:40 PM #19
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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You are welcome Diane!

Oct 03, 2012 03:15 PM #20
Rainer
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

No not semantics in origin, but with the way the term is used or understood by most now, there is little difference.

I'll do a blog on it one day when I get a good illustrative photo.

 

Oct 04, 2012 02:20 AM #21
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

Sounds like a plan Robert.

Oct 04, 2012 01:01 PM #22
Rainer
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Caroline Gerardo
CMG Financial - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Great post Suggestions on best curing dry rot? I have a rental that I have replaced the siding on north side that gets moisture from sprinklers and coastal air twice in 3 years. I removed the plant material near the wood, and routed sprinklers away. What else can I do to avoid the return?

Jul 16, 2013 07:47 AM #23
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

Caroline - If you are getting moisture where you have replaced the siding, the building may not be flashed correctly. A contractor would need to take a look but water should not be getting past the outside of the building materials.

Jul 16, 2013 01:22 PM #24
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