In the conversation, Goshaw explained why dry rot is a distinct problem in the Pacific Northwest.
“Dry rot is a fungus that thrives in damp conditions,” Goshaw says. “Our Pacific Northwest weather, characterized by frequent rain showers and a damp climate, provides a perfect playground.”
This issue is further exacerbated by the abundance of historic homes in the area. Older homes were built with older timber that’s more susceptible to decay over time. “Combine our wet climate with these older homes, and you have a perfect storm for dry rot to take hold. It’s a silent, creeping issue that, if not dealt with promptly and by a professional, can result in significant structural damage,” Goshaw warns.
Nevertheless, in our region, being aware of the signs of dry rot and being proactive about treating it are vital steps to preserving our homes.