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Steps to Detection Dry Rot

Following items are required to detect the presence of dry rot in different areas of your home :

– Screwdriver
– Flashlight
– Dry rot sensors
– Metric drill

Steps

1. The very first step is to examine the surroundings very carefully. You need to examine each and every possible location where this fungus can build up. Check under the floor boards, roof timbers and other wood sources for any possible signs of dry rot. In early days of its development dry rot looks like cotton sheeting. Any orange or brown colored pancake growth on the wood exterior will be a sign on presence of rot.

2. Inspect the wood sources closely. Anything that has the appearance of dark stains or pale stains might be affected internally by dry rot. Another sign of presence of dry rot in dry woods is that it may appear dry or cracked unusually.

3. Knocking on the wood beam can further help you to detect the presence of dry rot. The affected wood will give hollow sound. You can also use screwdriver to inspect the presence of dry rot. If the dry rot has already been developed inside the wood, the screwdriver will easily pass through the beam.

4. To ensure the presence of dry rot, you can use dry rot sensors. Dry rot sensors have usually been treated with a chemical dye. These chemical dyes change color from blue to yellow when exposed to oxalic acid (byproduct of dry rot). Bore a 7mm hole into the wood or masonry to depth of 100mm. put a dowel into it. dry rot sensors will take up to 14 days to detect the presence of dry rot in that area.

Precautions

– Always wear gloves and protective clothing while dealing with dry rot sensors.
– Dry rot sensors are highly flammable. It is recommended to keep them away from flame. These should be installed at place away from ignition sources.
– To prevent severe damage to the structural integrity of your property, inspect all the exterior and interior of your property thoroughly.