If I Can Stick My Finger Through It, It's Probably Rotten

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If I Can Stick My Finger Through It,

It's Probably Rotten



I have done dry rot repair throughout California and have used many methods to detect and find dry rot and water damage in buildings. One of the best methods in getting an early indication of the amount of rotted wood that may be in sight may be poking around with a finger. Wood soft enough to crush with such a small amount of force would require some further investigation.


Do you have areas where the wood is soft enough that you can find it by hand? You may need to contact a contractor in your area with experience in the detecting and removal of dry rot and water damaged wood.




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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Tom,

Sounds logical; but are you sure it wasn't wood filler! 

Make yourself a great day.

Nov 12, 2014 08:55 PM #1
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Makes sense.  If you can stick a finger through it or make an indentation there is a red flag!

Nov 12, 2014 08:58 PM #2
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Yep, it looks like it's rotted to me, but what do I know.....

Nov 12, 2014 09:12 PM #3
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

You what is worse that poking around and finding dry rot by poking your finger though it? It is finding it like that in your home.

Nov 12, 2014 09:28 PM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Tom.... that's another advantage of having a good inspection done before buying a home....many would have dug that area out and filled it with wood filler and then painted.....

Nov 12, 2014 09:40 PM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tom. I laughed at your title but agree with its truth. Even I know that. Enjoy the day.

Nov 12, 2014 09:58 PM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That sounds like a good rule of thumb and even though I am not handy at all with this sort of stuff, I would figure that things weren't as they were supposed to be, haha.

Nov 12, 2014 11:47 PM #7
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

No screwdriver is needed when the wood is that rotten!

Nov 13, 2014 09:04 AM #8
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Did you sprinkle a little bit on your sandwich?  As your grandmother would say,  roughage, dontchaknow.

Nov 13, 2014 07:22 PM #9
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

For a Placerville, CA General Contractor, call Tom Arstingstall at (916) 765-5366.

Nov 14, 2014 03:03 AM #10
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Nice illustration on your photo.  This is one of the reasons why we need to have a home inpsection.

Nov 14, 2014 07:48 PM #11
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