Any condition paired with the word rot can understandably incite fear. As with any household condition that you encounter for the first time, dry rot can be less frightening when you learn what it is and where you’re most likely to find it. Dry rot occurs after moisture and fungus build-up on timber. Dry rot is rarely visible or exposed. It usually looks inside walls and underneath the floors and roofing.

Signs to watch for are as follows:

  • Bubbling or blistering paint.
  • Discolored, water stain, cracking, or splitting wood.
  • Wood that feels soft when you touch it.

Since moisture is a key element there are places you want to inspect in your home that is susceptible to dry rot. Here is a list of areas to examine:

  • Caulking.When it’s used to steal joints on indoor and outdoor surfaces.
  • Decks and doors
  • The floor surrounding the base of your tubs and showers
  • Porches and skylights
  • Roof near the edges where gutters are attached
  • Trim on the exterior of your home
  • Windows 
  • Wood that rests on the concrete foundation or around the base of your home.
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