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Dry Rot & Brown Rot in Colorado and New Mexico Basements & Crawl Spaces

Dry rot damaging wood in Durango

Damage from dry rot creates small, rectangular pieces of crumbling wood on the surface. Dry rot damage is often mistaken as a termite infestation.

Dry rot (also known as brown rot) is one of the most damaging forces on household wood in the world. Approximately 20 billion board feet of timber is destroyed by wood rot in the United States each year-- far more destroyed wood than is damaged annually by fire! Replacement wood used to repair damage caused by wood rot accounts for almost 10 percent of the annual wood production in the U.S. alone.

In the United Kingdom, dry rot problems have been credited for dealing about 150 million pounds worth of damage annually, and wood rot in general leads to about 17 billion dollars of damage each year in the United States.

Silver River Basement Systems has a long history of experience in eliminating, preventing, and controlling dry rot infestations in homes throughout Colorado & New Mexico, including Grand Junction, Durango, Farmington NM, and areas nearby.

If you have a dry rot problem in your home, call or e-mail us today for a free dry rot removal and control estimate!

What is Dry Rot & Brown Rot?

"Dry Rot" is a term most often used to describe a particular kind of dry, cracking, rotting wood. However, dry rot occurs because of a variety of brown rot species, most notably the "true" dry rot fungus known as Serpula lacrymans. It originally got its name from the thought that it did not need water to survive and used a fermentation process to survive. This has long since been proven untrue, and it is now called, more appropriately, "brown rot", although the old name hangs on.

However, dry rot needs much less moisture than other types of wood rotting fungi -- a wood moisture content of just 28-30% -- to survive. While there is no official proof on the subject, many contractors have observed that dry rot also will not grow on wood with too much moisture.

Architect's Journal reports that dry rot can grow through damp mortar, concrete, masonry and behind plaster to establish itself in other areas of the building. This can make treatment of dry rot complicated and expensive, and it can mean that future problems with dry rot can arise unless the cause of the problem is addressed first.

Protect Your Home From Dry Rot!

The Bad News
The Good News
  • While dry rot is not the most common type of rot, it can deal serious damage to your home and endure conditions that are too dry for other types of rot to thrive. In fact, up to a 75% loss in the toughness of the wood [PDF] is possible with just a 1% decrease in the wood's weight of the wood.
  • Dry rot fungus spores are present in most homes and can survive for several years, waiting for the right conditions to grow.
  • Dry rot can pull moisture from moist areas to dry areas. It grows through mortar, concrete, masonry, and behind plaster.
  • Despite its name, dry rot needs moisture to produce spores-- at least 28-30% moisture content within the wood with a relative humidity of 95% or higher. Most softwood timbers in dry homes, especially in the upper levels, have a moisture content of 12-15%.
  • Dry rot problems in basements and crawl spaces can easily be solved by controlling moisture by sealing and dehumidifying the space.
  • Treatment of the wood with fungicides and products such as boric acid are known to eliminate and prevent dry root fungi.

Identifying & Treating Dry Rot or Brown Rot Problems in Colorado & New Mexico

Dry rot damaging wood in a Grand Junction home

Even dry rot needs wood with 28-30% moisture content to thrive. Wood with less than 25% moisture can remain free of fungi for centuries.

A common first indication of dry rot in a home is the appearance of a "red brick dust". As the wood cracks and deteriorates, it's not uncommon for homeowners to mistake the dry rot damage for termite damage. However, while damp and rotting wood is more likely to damage termites, having dry rot does not mean that there is a termite infestation.

This is actually an accumulation of fungal spores that are covering the surface, waiting for the proper conditions to start to grow.

An outbreak of dry rot commonly occurs several months after a household water event, such as flooding, bursting washing machine hoses, a failed water heater, or leaking pipes.

Dry rot is also common in vented crawl spaces and basements with groundwater flooding.

  1. Remove all wood that shows decay or visible fungus, as well as all wood within one meter of the visible decayed material.
  2. Remove all plaster, paneling, linings, and ceilings around the dry rot areas.
  3. Using a wire brush, clean off all surfaces, including metal and pipes, within 1.5 meters of the furthest edge of the infection.
  4. Clean up all dust and debris from the work.
  5. Apply a fungicide to all masonry, concrete, and exposed dirt in the area. Apply two coatings of fungicide to all wood surfaces within 1.5 meters from the damage.
  6. Replace wood rot infected timbers with fungicide-treated wood.

Preventing Dry Rot in a Basement: Remove all standing water sources, then install a plastic vapor barrier on the walls and floors. Install a self-draining dehumidifier powerful enough to dry the area. (At least a 100-liter model)

Preventing Dry Rot in a Crawl Space: Seal off all crawl space vents and door covers. Encapsulate the crawl space with a crawl space liner, then install a self-draining crawl space dehumidifier.

Preventing Dry Rot Problems in Your Basement or Crawl Space

Silver River Basement Systems can help you eliminate dry rot problems at their source. We can dry your basement or crawl space, eliminate flooding problems, and seal out outside humidity.

This not only eliminates dry rot problems, but also creates an environment that's inhospitable to mold, wet rot, and mildew, as well as keeping out termites, carpenter ants, cockroaches, crickets, and other household pests.

We offer FREE, no-obligation dry basement and crawl space quotes in all our service areas. We can answer all your questions and point out the sources of humidity and moisture in your home. Call or e-mail us today to get started on a healthier, better-preserved home!

To contact us, call 1-833-407-7167 or contact us online today! We serve Colorado & New Mexico, including Durango, Grand Junction, Farmington NM.

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Serving CO & NM including the Greater Grand Junction area
Our Colorado & New Mexico Service Area
Cities in Alamosa County, CO
Alamosa
Hooper
Mosca

Cities in Archuleta County, CO
Arboles
Chromo
Pagosa Springs

Cities in Conejos County, CO
Antonito
Capulin
Conejos
La Jara
Manassa
Romeo
Sanford

Cities in Custer County, CO
Westcliffe
Wetmore

Cities in Delta County, CO
Austin
Cedaredge
Cory
Crawford
Delta
Eckert
Hotchkiss
Lazear
Paonia

Cities in Dolores County, CO
Cahone
Dove Creek
Rico

Cities in Fremont County, CO
Canon City
Coal Creek
Coaldale
Cotopaxi
Florence
Hillside
Howard
Penrose
Rockvale

Cities in Gunnison County, CO
Almont
Crested Butte
Gunnison
Ohio City
Parlin
Pitkin
Powderhorn
Somerset

Cities in Hinsdale County, CO
Lake City

Cities in La Plata County, CO
Bayfield
Durango

Cities in Mesa County, CO
Clifton
Collbran
De Beque
Fruita
Gateway
Glade Park
Grand Junction
Loma
Mack
Mesa
Molina
Palisade
Whitewater

Cities in Mineral County, CO
Creede

Cities in Montezuma County, CO
Cortez
Dolores
Lewis
Mancos
Mesa Verde National Park
Pleasant View
Towaoc
Yellow Jacket

Cities in Montrose County, CO
Bedrock
Cimarron
Montrose
Naturita
Nucla
Olathe
Paradox
Redvale

Cities in Ouray County, CO
Ouray
Ridgway

Cities in Rio Grande County, CO
Center

Cities in Saguache County, CO
Crestone
Moffat
Saguache
Sargents
Villa Grove

Cities in San Juan County, CO
Silverton

Cities in San Miguel County, CO
Egnar
Norwood
Ophir
Placerville
Telluride

Cities in Rio Arriba County, NM
Abiquiu
Alcalde
Canjilon
Canones
Cebolla
Chama
Chimayo
Cordova
Coyote
Dixon
Dulce
El Rito
Embudo
Espanola
Gallina
Hernandez
La Madera
Lindrith
Los Ojos
Medanales
Petaca
Tierra Amarilla
Truchas
Vallecitos
Velarde
Youngsville

Cities in San Juan County, NM
Aztec
Blanco
Bloomfield
Farmington
Flora Vista
Fruitland
Kirtland
La Plata
Nageezi
Navajo Dam
Newcomb
Sanostee
Sheep Springs
Shiprock
Waterflow

Our Locations:

Silver River Basement Systems
P.O. Box 905
Ship:1871 North Hwy. 149
Lake City, CO 81235
1-970-238-8873