Dry Rot Repair Seattle

It’s probably fair to say that homeowners in the Pacific Northwest have a love-hate relationship with the rain. One unfortunate downside to the damp climate is that it creates a perfect environment for dry rot (or “wood rot”) to pervade our homes.

A dry rot repair in Seattle, Washington by SFW Construction LLC.When it comes to the repair of dry rot, homeowners know to trust SFW Construction LLC, the premier dry rot experts in Seattle, Washington. Whereas many contractors won’t even deal with dry rot issues, we’ve made it one of our specialties! With vast experience in dealing with the toughest of rot problems, we’ve become extremely effective in locating and re-mediating the source of rot (often not an easy task) so the problem isn’t likely to reoccur, then making appropriate and thorough repairs to the affected areas. Wood rot is a serious threat to the health of your home, and we are equally serious about eradicating it PROPERLY.

Another benefit of using SFW Construction is that, as a full-service home repair contractor, we are able to repair, improve, or reconstruct any other areas of the home that may be tied to your rot issues, as well. Whether you need siding, roofing, painting, or whatever it may be, no need to call another contractor–we can do it all!

Why is repairing dry rot early on so critical?

Seattle home with dry rot - SFW Construction LLCDry rot is caused by a fungus that gradually eats away at moist, healthy wood, causing it to become brittle and eventually break off and crumble. The fungus then moves on to more healthy wood nearby and continues it’s path of destruction. Once dry rot has infiltrated your home, it will continue to spread unless proper action is taken to stop it. If ignored, what would have been a relatively minor repair can turn into a very large and COSTLY one that could involve repairing the home’s structure itself! So it’s imperative to take care of wood rot problems as early as possible and avoid serious and unnecessary long-term damage.

Where is dry rot most likely to take hold?

Dry rot in a home's eaves in Seattle, Washington - SFW Construction LLCDry rot is most likely to occur wherever there is wood and moisture–even moisture in the air! So it can show up virtually anywhere in the house, although there are some areas where dry rot is more prevalent:

  • In bathrooms and kitchens, particularly in the floors, walls, and counter tops.
  • Inside deck boards, framing, and rails.
  • On the siding, particularly if older or damaged.
  • In the framing and sills around windows and doors.
  • Under the roofing, particularly if shingles are loose or damaged.
  • Around gutters, flashing, and eaves.
  • In posts, beams, and joists.
  • In crawl spaces and attics.

How can you tell if you have dry rot issues?

Checking for dry rot in siding - SFW Construction LLCDry rot is sometimes difficult to identify, but there are certain signs that indicate it may be present:

  • You feel “give” in the floor when you walk on it and/or there is squeaking.
  • Wood is cracked, looks darker, and appears to be shrinking.
  • Concentrated areas of discoloration appear on floors or wood surfaces.
  • Inserting a screwdriver or knife (or finger!) into wood is much easier than it should be.
  • You smell a damp, musty odor. (A potential sign of fungus.)
  • You see growth somewhat resembling cotton, cobwebs, or mushrooms.

Dry rot repairs to a window sill in Seattle, Washington - SFW Construction LLCIf you believe your home has rot or you’re not quite sure, call on Seattle’s dry rot repair experts at SFW Construction to take a look. We can tell you for certain whether wood rot is present and recommend the best course of action for YOU. Once work begins, you can be sure that your home’s dry rot problems will be taken care of. Our steadfast commitment to excellence is what we have become known for in Seattle, Washington and beyond.