The basement is a space that often gets overlooked. However, it is one of the most vulnerable spaces in the home. It is prone to being affected by humidity, leaks, floods and moisture. Whether you use your basement space or not, it is important to ensure that it is well cared for and protected. This will ensure that you won’t suffer any structural issues.
Signs of a problem
Have you had a walk through your basement lately? Have you noticed anything out of the ordinary in the wooden skeleton of your basement?
Dry rot is common in basements that have previously had a moisture problem that was not properly resolved. It is a type of fungus that has the special ability to carry moisture along with it as it grows and spreads through timber. If the fungus colonized the timber while it was still damp, then it will continue to grow and develop into a serious problem down the line.
You may have a problem with dry rot if you’ve noticed any of the following:
- A damp musty odor in your basement.
- Wood turning brown in color. The wood is brittle to the touch. It can easily crumble in your hands.
- Silky or cotton-like sheets structures on wood ranging from pure white to grey in color.
The appearance of dry rot is a clear indicator of a damp problem in the home. It is especially important to investigate areas where the fungus is concentrated.
Dealing with the issues
Dealing with this type of fungus requires a little more than simply scraping it off the wood surfaces. You must solve the underlying moisture problem before you even begin to get rid of the fungus. This ensures that the fungus will not colonize your space again. Therefore, the first step in dealing with the issue is to call in waterproofing contractors. This will ensure that the source of moisture is identified and dealt with.
Working in areas affected by this type of rot requires great care. This is because the timber is greatly weakened. A professional team will ensure that the affected areas remain undisturbed.
It is also important to ensure that the space is kept well ventilated. Investing in a dehumidifier would be a great way to keep the moisture levels in the space down too.
Having ensured that the space is dry and well ventilated, you can proceed with the treatment of your timbers.